Rapidly Raising Reading Results Inset

Powerful strategies to boost performance in the key stage 2 reading SAT.

CPD for Teachers

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Since the 2016 key stage 2 reading SAT results there has been a renewed focus on reading and reading comprehension and there is little doubt that the 2017 results will continue this imperative. Schools across the country are looking for ways to ensure that many more children experience success.

It is essential that we understand exactly what this thing called ‘reading comprehension’ entails and how teachers can maximise the opportunities for learning that every lesson presents. This CPD will help you to teach reading diagnostically, holistically and opportunistically, rapidly building the children’s decoding and comprehension skills as well as broadening and deepening their vocabulary and knowledge base.

This course is essential for schools looking to:

  • raise the profile of reading for pleasure and for learning
  • find strategies to close the attainment gap in reading
  • raise reading comprehension attainment across key stage 2
  • ensure further improvement in the reading SATs for 2018
  • increase teacher confidence in the teaching of reading and comprehension.

What other teachers have said about the course

  • Really beneficial. Lots of ideas I am going to implement in my classroom straight away.

    Mark Chater, Tyne Tees
  • Fantastic session very well delivered with short, specific activities which were fun, manageable and meaningful.

    Shuremoor Primary School
  • Excellent delivery. Useful to think about using words ACTIVELY - this is something I had not thought about before, but which I think is really interesting.

    Y5 teacher, North Shields
  • Very enjoyable and well presented. Gave the school as a whole a lot to think about.

    Sarah Hawder, Woodlands Primary Academy
  • Fabulous training with great ideas for implementing and linking throughout school.

    Lisa Evans, Northumberland
  • A very useful training day - thank you!

    Amy Nugent
  • Really enjoyed this course. Tim provided some excellent activities to use with all the year groups.

    Victoria Ward, KS2 Teacher
  • The course was well-structured and well run. Tim knew his stuff and gave us some great ideas.

    Anna Irving, Woodlands Primary Academy
  • The daunting thought of raising the profile of reading across school as well as maintaining links across key stages seems much more achievable as well as exciting as a result of this…

    Lisa Evans, Northumberland

Full Course Content

The 2017 trends

  • What do the raw scores and scaled scores tell us? (available on July 4th on gov.uk)
  • What do we need to look at before the new academic year?

What is reading?

  • Understanding comprehension skills
  • The links between decoding, vocabulary and comprehension
  • The difference between spoken and written language

Word reading

  • Phonics knowledge
  • How to promote the accurate decoding of words
  • Raising decoding confidence for all ages
  • Using phonics intelligently with older children

Understanding the comprehension process

  • Activating word meanings
  • Understanding sentences
  • Making inferences
  • Comprehension monitoring
  • Understanding the structure of texts
  • The role of memory

Teaching reading comprehension proactively and in context

  • How to plan ‘in context’ lessons that really engage the children
  • Giving children the tools they need to unpack a text
  • Assessing word reading and comprehension skills

Inference making and how to improve it

  • Anaphoric and cataphoric text references
  • Local and global text inference
  • Introducing children to annotation as a way of exploring and questioning texts
  • The importance of background knowledge and how to develop it
  • Idiom, imagery and reading between the lines

The classroom and school literacy environment

  • Learning and assessment through games and short activities
  • ‘Never let a word go by’ – developing ownership
  • Enabling children’s independence in growing vocabulary breadth and depth
  • Growing a sense of excitement about words and how they work
  • Raising the profile of reading across the whole school