Just Imagine

Between the lines: An approach to developing comprehension skills in context

3 day course

Days booked individually via online form. To book all 3 days at discounted rate contact assistant@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

This comprehensive, practical and interactive course explores the full range of reading skills. It addresses knowledge-based and skills-based perspectives and proposes pedagogical practices which develop skills in rich and purposeful contexts.

The content draws on a two-year research project managed by Just Imagine and funded by the DfE and London School Excellence Fund.  It is informed by work undertaken
for Guiding Readers – Layers of meaning, winner of the UKLA Academic Book of the Year 2017 (Wayne Tennent, David Reedy, Angela Hobsbaum and Nikki Gamble).

Areas of focus

  • Understanding comprehension and inference
  • Selecting texts and mapping the potential of the text
  • The importance of discussion and dialogue
  • The most effective evidence-based strategies including reciprocal reading strategies, visualisation, use of graphic organisers, text marking, think aloud,
    authentic questioning and other metacognitive strategies
  • Robust vocabulary instruction
  • Comprehending fiction, non-fiction and poetry
  • Teacher assessment
  • Auditing and action planning

Key Stage suitability

Primary, KS3

Course length

Three-day course with gap tasks:

Day 1  Comprehension overview and the development of inference skills

Day 2  Improving talk for reading: discussion and dialogue; teacher assessment

Day 3  Building vocabulary for reading

Options for one- or two-day versions are available on request.

Development projects

Two or three year projects can be devised for more sustained development work.


Guiding Readers – Layers of meaning Wayne Tennent, David Reedy, Angela Hobsbaum and Nikki Gamble (2016). A copy of this book can be included in training costs at a special training price. To order contact assistant@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk