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Reading Comprehension: digging deeper with inference skills

March 10 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, £120.00 + VAT (£144 inc.)

  • Are you diagnostic in your approach to teaching inference and can you confidently support readers who face a range of inferencing challenges?
  • Are you confident in knowing when using the prediction strategy is beneficial to readers and when it might inhibit comprehension?
  • Do you know what to do when learners struggle with coherence inferencing?
  • Would you benefit from finding new, practical ways to support colleagues in their teaching of inference?

Most teachers know something about inference, but many are not fully conversant with the extent to which inference plays a role in reading. Being able to distinguish between different types of inference is important for teachers so that they can target their teaching most effectively.

This course outlines the major inference types, drawing the distinction between those inferences that are needed to make coherence of the text and those that elaborate on the information provided.

Practical workshop activities are used to demonstrate different strategies and metacognitive approaches, including planned ‘think-alouds’.

The session ends with a consideration of how best to develop colleagues’ awareness and improve knowledge across the school.

The understanding of the different types of inference will really enhance a leader’s subject knowledge.

Ewan Williams, Globe Primary



English leads, literacy leads class teachers

Key stage suitability

Primary, KS3


Increased knowledge and understanding of the range of inference opportunities and ways to teach it.

Areas of focus

  • Understanding inference
  • Coherence inferences
  • Grammar connections
  • Using effective ‘think aloud’
  • Elaborative inferences
  • Best use of visualisation techniques

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    March 10
    9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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    White Hall Primary School
    Whitehall Primary School
    Bristol, BS5 9AZ United Kingdom