Teaching Reading in Key Stage 2 CPD


Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) guidance for Key Stage 2 reports extensive evidence to show that explicit teaching of comprehension improves literacy.

In response to the challenges presented by the Key Stage 2 SATs we have created a new programme to help teachers develop strategies to improve reading comprehension.

"What a lovely way to start our year thinking about developing the love of reading! My staff are all so inspired. Thank you."

Participant, The Weatheralls Primary School

About the course

  • Explore practical and creative approaches to develop pupils' comprehension strategies in the classroom

    The key to great comprehension teaching is an exciting range of quality books for pupils to engage with. As well as classroom strategies, participants will look at a range of extracts from picture and chapter books.

  • Explore inference as the key to great readers

    We know inference is vital to comprehension and that this is represented in the domain and test at Key Stage 2. Deepen your understanding and skill in teaching the different types of inference including coherence and interrogative inference.

  • Develop an action plan with strategies learned from research/develop tools and resources for effective whole school practice

    We provide the content, structure and methodology for participants to produce an action research project, exploring and addressing the issues identified back in school with the aim of developing effective reading comprehension.

  • Create an environment of collaborative study, professional dialogue and critical reflection through joint practice development

    Participants learn from each other, share practice and examine different approaches and challenges. We encourage the group to take what they have learned back into their schools and trial approaches and see what works best for them.

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Course structure and pricing


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

The course takes place over two days, spread across two terms to allow critical reflection between sessions.

Day 1

  • Where does comprehension sit in relation to the wider concept of reading?
  • Deepen your knowledge of the key process of comprehension
  • Evaluate current strategies and practice including phonics first
  • Explore and practice effective strategies for developing comprehension
  • Identify a key focus area to develop and beginnings of an action plan

Day 2

  • Findings from the exploration: observations, learning and impact so far
  • Digging deeper: exploring and developing inference
  • Discuss how to balance teaching and testing
  • Develop an understanding of what to look for in assessing comprehension
  • Explore the importance of knowledge of children's literature


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

  • £400 for the first participant
  • £300 for each additional participant
  • We invite a head or senior leader from each school to attend the first session free of charge
  • 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 £50 discount per school

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 comprehension

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

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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.