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Teaching Reading: The complete story

July 11 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, £1100 + VAT (£1320 inc.)

Followed by September 19 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Followed by October 17 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Followed by November 14 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Followed by January 9 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Followed by February 6 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Followed by March 13 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Followed by April 24 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Followed by June 12 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Course content

  • Understanding the relationship between teaching reading and raising readers.
  • Developing a culture of reading and environments that support real reading.
  • The importance of teacher knowledge of children’s literature, including fiction, nonfiction, picturebooks, graphic novels and poetry.
  • Approaches to developing comprehension and meaning-making that work
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of inference-making and the challenges that texts present.
  • Learning about language, including grammar, vocabulary and literary language.
  • Creative teaching approaches that engage learners, including storytelling, drama, music and art, understanding how they work and when to use them.
  • Understanding the challenges of disciplinary literacy (history, science and geography) and the teaching approaches that support learners.
  • The potential of texts and planning a sequence of work.
  • Whole school policy and making sustainable change.

Teaching Reading: Overview

Teaching reading is, without doubt, one of the most important objectives of primary education. Research indicates that children who choose to read experience many other benefits, such as better health and well-being,
increased chances of academic success and, as a result, better chances of social mobility.

Teacher knowledge and understanding are crucial for developing effective practice. This comprehensive course examines the latest reading research and practical application in the classroom. It demonstrates the connections between
reading, writing and oral language, with high-quality dialogic teaching being key. We focus on blending reading for pleasure with reading skills rather than treating them as discrete aspects of reading. We look at developing a reading culture in which children choose to read in school and at home.

Course Description

The course starts by exploring fundamental questions: What is reading? What is reading for? How do children learn to read? What makes a reader? The importance of high-quality children’s literature, book provision, and text selection is a theme throughout the course.

We examine how children make meaning from what they read and how comprehension is developed through the judicious teaching of reading skills. Skills in themselves are not the objective of teaching. Routines and rituals carry a high degree of redundancy, so identifying which skills need to be taught and when to teach them is essential.  We present reader response approaches that examine the importance of developing cognitive and affective responses with supportive teaching strategies and tools.

We explore the specific challenges of disciplinary literacy in science, history, and geography and present new approaches to teaching reading across the curriculum.

Finally and crucially, we examine what constitutes progress in reading, what it looks like, and how we can use evidence of progress to inform future teaching.

What Is included in the training?

  • eight face-to-face training workshops with class observations and review
  • senior leaders invited to Introductory and final sessions
  • practical gap tasks to inform reflective practice
  • support for action-research projects


First teacher £1100 plus VAT
Additional teachers £800 plus VAT
Invoices must be paid before the start of the training.

Training Dates

  • 19th September
  • 17th October
  • 14th November
  • 9th January
  • 13th March
  • 24th April
  • 12th June

Teaching Reading: What Our Partners Say

“Southwood Primary School, for the past four years, has been working in partnership with Just Imagine – an organisation that seeks to promote excellence in the teaching of reading.  The approach to teaching reading used in Take One Book has transformed our reading curriculum.  It has created readers who enjoy exploring high-quality texts and can articulate their responses at a much deeper level.  The strategies used to acquire vocabulary, develop fluency and build comprehension are based upon extensive research into how children develop as readers, and as such, we have seen an improvement in our end of Key Stage 2 reading attainment data.  Having completed the training myself this academic year, I strongly recommend it.  It’s informative and evidence-based. It also provides an opportunity to see reading in action. ”

Vicki Wright, Assistant Headteacher at Southwood Primary School


Please note that while this course acknowledges the importance of good phonics teaching and may indicate opportunities for practising phonic knowledge, an approach or scheme for teaching phonics is not incorporated into the sessions. Schools are expected to have a scheme for teaching phonics in place.


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      July 11
      9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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      Southwood Primary School
      Keppel Road
      Dagenham, RM9 5LT United Kingdom
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