Reading for Pleasure CPD

kids with books

Embedding a love of reading in your classroom can be transformative to your pupils' academic success. This course explores the link between a love of reading and attainment and will help you drive an improved reading culture across your school.

  • Examine a range of approaches, including choosing and using whole texts

    We know the move from extracts to whole texts can be intimidating for teachers and pupils but it is immensely rewarding. Learn how to build anticipation around a story and sustain interest across a term, and develop classroom and library spaces to promote a school-wide culture of reading.

  • Engage with research around the benefits of reading for enjoyment

    The national curriculum is clear on the importance of developing the habit of reading widely and often for information and pleasure. We present participants with the research base for raising attainment through reading for pleasure with findings from the National Literacy Trust, Institute of Education and more.

  • Develop an action plan to create a community of readers in your school

    We provide the content, structure and methodology for participants to complete a project involving critical reflection or action research. Identify a focus area, gather evidence and develop approaches to increase enjoyment of reading amongst pupils.

  • Plan for embedding these successful approaches more widely across your school

    Develop strategies to ensure every teacher takes responsibility for promoting a love of reading. We also provide you with strategies to engage parents which can enhance results and explore how to make the most of library spaces and other resources available to you.

Feedback from previous participants

"I have found the training thought provoking. I am going away with a wealth of ideas! It is exciting. Thank you!"
Participant, Inverness, 2018

"Brilliant - engaging and fast-paced"
Participant, Wigan, 2019

"Lots of practical ideas for developing different reading behaviours."
Participant, Wigan, 2020

"Every strategy offered is backed up with academic research. Great to work with such experienced and passionate practitioners."
Participant, London, 2019

Taking part in the training

Whole-school packages can be arranged, and we are happy to consult on duration, volume and cost based on the needs of your school.

For more information, and to arrange training for your school, please email Ruth King:

Resources related to reading for pleasure

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