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Reception Early Reading Project

Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage, Robertson House, Six Hills Way
Course Tutors
Rose Blair / Ruth Goodman / Kirsten Snook
Admin Contact
Target Audience
Classroom Teachers / INCos/ SENCos / Subject Leaders
target audience
Course Types
Course categories
Academies and Schools (including EYFS)
Early Years Foundation Stage / English
Event Description
This hugely successful project is aimed at supporting schools in analysing historic ELG reading data and using this to fine-tune the teaching of early reading and phonics in order to close gaps for as many pupils as possible, as early on as possible, success in reading in the early years of school is linked to later reading fluency and comprehension. We know that children may experience barriers to reading for a range of reasons. Unpicking these, and matching provision to individual need, is integral to closing these gaps. Previous project schools have seen an improvement of their ELG reading by on average 4.6 percentage points. The largest increase seen was +13.3 percentage points, in a school with a high proportion of disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils.

The project package includes high-quality training resources, observational assessment tools and the professional development outlined below. Schools benefit from the project in a range of ways, e.g. improving their ELG reading attainment in comparison to National, LA or their own previous data.

During the project participants will be using tracking tools to support pace and progress and to explore matching provision to need. With their linked adviser, they will plan, carry out and review key actions for individual pupils and groups of pupils. The project will then support the delegates to embed strategies through robust action planning, ensuring future success and building sustainable improvements in provision.

For more information please follow the link below:
Early Reading Project

Following the launch day event a half-day consultancy visit will be arranged with an allocated adviser by the end of October 2019. For all schools outside of Hertfordshire please contact us for a price and availability before booking.
Training objectives
Learning outcomes
By attending the event, participants will:

  • increase the proportion of children attaining ELG reading, including vulnerable groups

  • share tried and tested reading strategies in order to deliver precision teaching and close gaps early

  • improve children’s enjoyment, fluency and self-regulation when reading

  • develop whole-school systems for sustaining the gains

Additional Information
Start Date
Thursday 19 September 2019
End Date
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Closing Date
Wednesday 18 September 2019
09:00 - 12:00
Maximum Places
Maximum places per establishment
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