Developing Metacognitive Readers

Reading CPD for FS-KS2 teachers and teaching assistants

How can we support the development of pupils’ understanding of the skills involved in reading (word reading, inference, literary knowledge, questioning, etc.) as well as the skills of metacognition and motivation needed to self-regulate and self-correct, as readers?  This brand new training programme, will reference the EEF’s report Metacognition and Self-Regulation (2018), Understanding Reading Comprehension (Tennent, 2015) and Guiding Readers (Tennent, Reedy, Gamble, 2016) to explore strategies for developing the core skills of reading, whilst promoting a love of reading within a curriculum that allows independence to flourish. The Word Power strategies of Power-Up Personal Links, Power-Up Meaning and Power-Up Connections will also be further developed through this training programme.

Linked blog posts:

Reading Response Journals – Developing pupils’ personal response to reading

Phonics Basics

Phonics CPD for FS and KS1 teachers and teaching assistants

This course takes a ‘back to basics’ approach, exploring the content and structure of high-quality phonics teaching and learning.  Key terminology, progression and strategies for engagement during the discrete phonics session will be explored, alongside strategies for assessment of phonic knowledge and application in reading and writing contexts.

Phonics Matters – Practise and Application

Phonics CPD for FS and KS1 teachers and teaching assistants

This highly practical course builds on core concepts discussed in the ‘Phonics Basics’ programme, offering FS and KS1 teachers advice drawing on the evidence of ‘what works’ to encourage application of phonic knowledge in a range of different contexts, across the curriculum. How can we provide regular opportunities to apply new knowledge in a range of provision areas?  Which ‘real’ texts can be used to enhance phonics instruction?  The Word Power approaches of Power-Up Phonology, Power-Up Graphology and Power-Up Orthography will also be further developed.

Linked blog posts, exploring application of phonic knowledge in reading and writing:

Gruffalo – Application of Phonic Knowledge

Phonics – Practise and apply… and again… and again! The Smartest Giant in Town

Phonics and Early Reading – Leadership Conversations

Subject-specific leadership CPD for senior and middle leaders

The development of early language and reading skills are essential to pupils’ development of literacy skills as they progress through primary school and beyond.  This CPD programme is designed to springboard leadership conversations around what ‘high-quality’ and ‘rigorous teaching’ of early reading looks like by exploring pace and progression, assessment and monitoring and planning for implementation (with reference to A School’s Guide to Implementation, EEF, 2018).  An ideal programme for subject leader development days or headteacher/ senior leader meetings.

Picture Books to ENGAGE  and INSPIRE

International conference session

How can picture books be used, for all ages, to engage readers and inspire writers? This international conference workshop has been designed to give teachers a ‘taster’ of different children’s authors and how these precious resources can be used in the classroom. A range of texts for FS-Y6 are explored through the session.

Blog posts linked to this training programme:

Why are picture books so important? – Charter School adventure

American Picture Book Adventures – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10

More linked blog posts, exploring how to use picture books to teach reading skills:

Beegu – Exploring question types

Naughty Bus – Exploring typographical features

The New Jumper – Using drama to explore character

The Pain and the Great One – Exploring viewpoint

Tuesday – Using wordless books to develop the skills of prediction

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers – Exploring connections

Home Place – Exploring authorial intent

Tar Beach – Teaching ideas

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day – Exploring colour and language

The Viewer – Hexagonal Learning to Promote Thinking and Discussion