Reading for Pleasure CPD

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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.

About the course

Reading for Pleasure is aimed at teachers and literacy leaders working in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. 

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

    Explore what works in promoting reading. We know the move from extracts to whole texts can be intimidating for teachers and pupils but is immensely rewarding. Learn how to build anticipation around a story and sustain interest across a term.

  • 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 (1.5 day course) or action research (3 day course). 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

    Training is most sustainable when learning can be cascaded across teams. 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. 

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Course structure and pricing

Structure

In alignment with with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) school guide to implementation, this CPD does not treat implementing change as an event but instead a process with all aspects planned and executed in stages. 

The course is available in a 1 day, 1.5 day or 3 day version, with days spread across one or two terms to allow time for action research.

1.5 day course

Day 1

  • Discover what research tells us about children who enjoy reading
  • Key features of classroom practice associated with motivation to read
  • Talk for reading: 'book-talk' and making meaning from texts (aligns with EEF toolkit: reading comprehension strategies)
  • Using whole texts in the classroom

Day 2 (twilight)

  • Feedback from schools - impact on engagement and achievement 
  • Cascading learning and engaging the wider school community
  • Parental engagement: importance, potential barriers, and ways to strengthen it (aligns with EEF toolkit: parental engagement)
3 day course

Day 1

  • Discover what research tells us about children who enjoy reading 
  • Key features of classroom practice associated with motivation to read
  • Unpicking the teaching of whole texts in the classroom
  • The process of action research

Day 2

  • Reading for enjoyment through engagement: comprehending the text (aligns with EEF toolkit: reading comprehension strategies)
  • Breadth and depth: strengthening vocabularly
  • Talk for reading: 'book-talk'
  • Next steps - evaluating impact

Day 3

  • School's showcase - feedback on action research, learning and impact
  • parental engagement: importance, potential barriers, and ways to strengthen it (aligns with EEF toolkit: parental engagement)
  • Sharing and sustaining the Reading for Enjoyment approach

Costs

To promote collaborative practice, we encourage two teachers including the literacy lead from each school to participate.

  • 1 day workshop available as whole school inset - prices available on request
  • 1.5 day version: £350 for the first participant, £250 for each colleague*
  • 3 day version: £650 for the first participant, £450 for each colleague*
  • We invite a head or senior leader from each school to attend the first session free of charge
  • Follow up consultancy may be available on request
  • Attendance includes one year's membership of the National Literacy Trust giving all teachers in the school access to a range of resources.

*existing National Literacy Trust members receive a £100 discount per school for the 3 day course, £50 off per school for the 1.5 day course and £25 off per school for the 1-day workshop.

Express an interest

Could you host?

We are always looking for enthusiastic schools across the UK to host our training programmes. We ask you to:

  • Provide a teaching space with IT facilities
  • Print resources for the sessions
  • Organise lunch where required

In return, we offer a complimentary place on the course. This is also a great opportunity for you to position yourself as a research-led school. 

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Resources related to reading for pleasure

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Strategic School Improvement Fund

Applications are now open for the third round of DfE funding that can help groups of schools develop targeted literacy provision to improve school performance and pupil attainment. Find out how we can help as a provider of CPD and other expert support.