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. We explore a range of approaches and strategies. 

  • Engage with research and understand the benefits for your pupils of reading for enjoyment

    We present participants with the research base for raising attainment through reading for pleasure.

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

    The move from using extracts to teaching whole texts can be intimidating for teachers and pupils but immensely rewarding. Learn how to build anticipation around a story and sustain interest across a term.

  • Develop an action plan for creating a community of readers in your school

    Identifying a focus area of pupils in your schools, run a project involving critical reflection. Gather evidence and develop approaches that can be shared.

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

    Training is most sustainable when learning can be cascaded across staff. Develop strategies to ensure every teacher takes responsibility for promoting a love of reading. 


Course structure and pricing

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.

To promote collaborative practice, we encourage two teachers from each school (including the literacy lead) to attend. We also invite a head or senior leader to attend the first session free of charge.


  • 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. 

Express an interest
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Resources related to reading for pleasure

Consider becoming a member of the National Literacy Trust to access our full library of downloadable resources and evaluation tools. Join now

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.