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.