Just Imagine

The Reading Journey: developing a culture of reading

This participative course is designed for schools seeking to implement systemic change regarding the presence and quality of reading across
the school. Starting with the persuasive arguments for developing a positive reading culture, we explore eight key themes using exemplification from a diverse range of schools.

Areas of focus

The day is structured around eight key themes:

  • Text knowledge and potential
  • A pedagogy for teaching independent reading
  • Parental engagement
  • Reading environments – beyond cushions and fairy lights
  • Selection and organisation of resources
  • Celebration of reading
  • supporting different kinds of readers
  • encouraging a range of positive reading behaviours

Key Stage suitability

Training can be tailored to cover any or all Key Stages from EYFS to UKS2

Course length

Recommend two or three days spread over a year with opportunities for participants to benefit from in school practical gap tasks.

A one-day version of this training is available


We can also build into a longer term project in schools allowing for greater depth of engagement and strategic school improvement.


This training is supported by a dedicated website with free resources and book recommendations. Book packs are available for sale from Just Imagine. Please note that it is not necessary to purchase materials in order to benefit from the training.