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Succeeding with reading programme: unlocking children’s reading potential throughout the Early Years

Course Tutors
Katie Callaghan, Rose Blair
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Target Audience
Assistant Headteachers / Classroom Teachers / Deputy Headteachers / Early Years Leaders / Early Years Practitioners / Headteachers / Middle Leaders / New Headteachers / Senior Leaders
target audience
Course Types
Webinar, Programme
Course categories
Academies and Schools (including EYFS)
Early Years Foundation Stage
Event Description
The ‘Succeeding with reading’ programme has been created to offer English leaders and practitioners the tools they need to review, support and monitor the skill of developing early reading with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

This programme aims to support leaders and teachers to develop their knowledge and skills in reviewing, developing and implementing a highly ambitious and focused approach to early reading. Reference to the five pillars of reading; phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension will be explored. Practitioners will gain a clear understanding of pedagogical approaches that ensure the best opportunities are provided for children to develop their vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading. Practitioners will also explore how to create a provision where there is sufficient opportunity for children to practise, rehearse and consolidate reading skills across the curriculum in meaningful and play-based contexts.

Leaders and teachers will explore how to provide a rich and diverse reading culture to meet the needs of every child, especially those from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds. This will help children’s progressive reading skills, ‘which means that they secure strong foundations for future learning, especially in preparation for them to become fluent readers.' (Ofsted Inspection Handbook, 2019)

The programme includes an introductory training session in the autumn term, audit visits carried out by HfL Early Years advisers, two spring training sessions and a celebratory event. The programme also comes with an option for an additional bespoke consultancy visit.
Training objectives

  • develop leaders' skills in delivering a highly ambitious and focused approach to early reading as part of their curriculum

  • understand the research behind effective early reading approaches, empowering leaders to align current reading provision with acknowledged best practice and sound Early Years pedagogy

  • evaluate early reading provision to ensure it provides the best opportunities to enable the application and consolidation of taught reading skills across the curriculum in meaningful contexts

Learning outcomes

  • have better knowledge to develop a holistic and flexible approach to teaching reading to all children in the EYFS

  • develop an understanding of current theories of teaching reading to influence practice

  • be empowered to use strategies that have the potential to improve outcomes in reading for all children in the EYFS

Additional Information
This programme is only available to Hertfordshire schools.

The cost of attending this training programme is £850 + VAT for 2 delegates per school (English leader and Reception class teacher / Early Years leader).

The cost of an optional 2 hour bespoke consultancy visit is £248 + VAT.
Closing Date
Tuesday 2 November 2021
Session Session date Session time Session venue Map
1 03 November 2021 13:00 - 15:30 Livestorm Webinar
2 12 January 2022 09:00 - 12:00 Livestorm Webinar
3 09 February 2022 09:00 - 12:00 Livestorm Webinar
4 24 March 2022 13:00 - 16:00 Livestorm Webinar
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