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Code: 19ENG/045P Key Stage 1 Reading Fluency Project

HfL have now taken over 1000 pupils at KS2 through the highly successful Reading Fluency Project. Pupils who participated in the project made, on average, over 2 years’ progress in reading comprehension age through the eight week intervention (based on analysis of YARC assessment data). This innovative project is now being adapted for Key Stage 1 pupils. Our initial trials demonstrate the same level of success.

This project has been designed to address the issues that many of our KS1 pupils are faced with: insufficient sight vocabulary and an over-reliance on sounding out; insufficient stamina to get through the SAT paper at Year 2; lack of comprehension skills when reading aloud. This project offers strategies that will have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ reading achievement. Following successful implementation of the project, pupils in Year 1 and 2 will be on an improved trajectory towards EXS at the end of KS1; have a more positive relationship with books; be more enthusiastic, confident readers with an increased understanding and engagement with texts.

The project will focus predominantly on the need to improve pupils' reading fluency of sufficiently complex texts. The past few years have seen increased reference to the need to develop fluency in reading. The DfE exemplification materials and test papers highlighted heightened expectations around swift meaning-laden reading. A lack of fluency impacts upon understanding, motivation, confidence and rates of progress. Research has shown that specific instruction around fluency enables pupils to free up cognitive space which can be directed more effectively towards other activities “… such as comprehension, analysis, elaboration and deep understanding.” [Hattie 2014].

For more information please follow the link below:
projects/english-research-projects/key-stage-1-reading-fluency-project">KS1 Reading Fluency Project

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 12 November 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 10 December 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
3 13 February 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 18ENG/101P Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project

The summer term project focuses on Year 5 pupils. The 2016 Key Stage 2 (KS2) reading paper presented a greater degree of challenge to young readers, and although the 2017 test was generally regarding as being more accessible, it still proved challenging for a significant number of our Year 6 pupils.

We recognise from our work in schools that many children found the texts used for the test hard to access, challenging to comprehend, and demanding in terms of the reading stamina required to get through them in the time available. With this in mind, schools will need to consider how to equip their pupils for this increased challenge so that they are able to tackle the 2019 test with confidence.

This project has been designed to address this issue, offering strategies that will have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ reading achievement in a short space of time. Following successful implementation of the project, pupils in Year 6 will be on an improved trajectory towards the expected standard (EXS) at the end of KS2; have a more positive relationship with books; be more enthusiastic, confident readers with an increased understanding and engagement with texts.

The project will focus predominantly on the need to improve pupil’s reading fluency of complex texts. The past two years have seen increased reference to the need to develop fluency in reading. The DfE exemplification materials and KS2 test papers highlighted heightened expectations around swift comprehensive reading. A lack of fluency impacts upon understanding, motivation, confidence and rates of progress. Research has shown that specific instruction around fluency enables pupils to free up cognitive space which can be directed more effectively towards other activities “… such as comprehension, analysis, elaboration and deep understanding.” [Hattie 2014]

The cost of this project is £780 (plus VAT) per school for 2 delegates. Please note that it may be possible to include an additional delegate – this may be suitable for two-form entry schools - subject to a nominal £100 fee to cover costs for the sessions, resources and additional adviser time needed for data analysis. Following the launch a half-day consultancy visit will be arranged with an allocated adviser week commencing 6th May or 13th May 2019.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 22 March 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 14 May 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
3 17 July 2019 09:30 - 12:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19ENG/044P Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project

The 2016 KS2 reading paper presented a greater degree of challenge to young readers, and although the 2017 and 18 tests were generally regarded as being more accessible, they still proved challenging for a significant number of our Year 6 pupils. We recognise from our work in schools that many pupils found the texts used for the test hard to access, challenging to comprehend, and demanding in terms of the reading stamina required to get through them in the time available. With this in mind, schools will need to consider how to equip their pupils for this increased challenge so that they are able to tackle the 2020 test with confidence.

This project has been designed to address this issue, offering strategies that will have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ reading achievement in a short space of time. Following successful implementation of the project, pupils in Year 6 will be on an improved trajectory towards EXS at the end of KS2; have a more positive relationship with books; be more enthusiastic, confident readers with an increased understanding and engagement with texts.

The project will focus predominantly on the need to improve pupils’ reading fluency of complex texts. The past few years have seen increased reference to the need to develop fluency in reading. The DFE exemplification materials and KS2 test papers highlighted heightened expectations around swift comprehensive reading. A lack of fluency impacts upon understanding, motivation, confidence and rates of progress. Research has shown that specific instruction around fluency enables pupils to free up cognitive space which can be directed more effectively towards other activities “… such as comprehension, analysis, elaboration and deep understanding.” [Hattie 2014]

For more information please follow the link below:
projects/english-research-projects/ks2-reading-fluency-project">KS2 Reading Fluency Project

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 09 September 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 08 October 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
3 12 December 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19ENG/063P Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project: Implications for Classroom Practice - Warren Teaching School Alliance

This one-day CPD event will offer an insight into the transformational teaching strategies used in the Herts for Learning KS2 Reading Fluency Project.

The project draws on proven reading strategies to improve pupils’ trajectory towards the Expected Standard (EXS) in reading in Year 6, including: - modelling of fluent reading
- echo reading
- repeated re-reading
- skilled questioning leading to deep discussion
- selection of well-chosen text
- modelling of comprehension skill

Headline Project data: Pupils made an average of 27 months progress in their reading comprehension age (PPG pupils made 31.5 months progress).

82% of eligible pupils made 6 months+ progress in their reading comprehension age.

Furthermore, following the 8-week project period, pupils typically demonstrated the following changes in reading behaviour:
- increased stamina
– pupils are able to read more text for a longer period whilst retaining understanding
- increased accuracy
– pupils make less substitutions, omissions, mispronunciations, additions when reading a ‘cold’ text
- increased enjoyment
– pupils read more and are more willing to explore a wider range of literature
- increased confidence
- pupils tackle challenging texts with greater willingness and show improved tenacity in teasing out meaning
- increased engagement
– pupils offer more extended contributions in group discussions about challenging texts

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 04 December 2019 09:30 - 15:30 Warren Teaching School Alliance, Orpington Map

Code: 19ENG/041P Reception Early Reading Project

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:
projects/english-research-projects/reception-early-reading-project">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.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 19 September 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 14 November 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Bowmansgreen Primary School Map
3 04 December 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19ENG/042P Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Project

This hugely successful project supports schools in analysing their phonics data and using this to fine-tune phonics provision in Year 1 to close gaps for as many pupils as possible, and to continue to raise attainment in reading for all. Accurate and efficient decoding is linked to reading fluency and comprehension, and deep subject knowledge around reading development forms a core thread of the project. We know that children may experience barriers to learning for a range of reasons. Unpicking these, and matching provision to individual need, is integral to closing these gaps. Previous project schools have seen a mean increase of +16% on their previous year’s results; the greatest increase a school has seen is +49.3%. In addition, the gender gap has narrowed to, on average, only 1% in project schools.

The project package includes high-quality training resources, diagnostic assessment tools and the professional development outlined below. Schools benefit from the project in a range of ways, e.g. improving their score in comparison to National, LA or their own previous scores. For schools who are experiencing a decline in their school’s phonics data over a number of years, full implementation of the project has successfully supported with reversing this.

During the project, the participants will use their screening check data and individual annotated response sheets to carry out error analysis and 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 delegates to embed strategies through robust action planning, ensuring future success and building sustainable improvements in provision.

For more informaiton please follow the link below:
projects/english-research-projects/year-1-phonics-screening-check">Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

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.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 19 September 2019 13:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 13 November 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Bowmansgreen Primary School Map
3 04 December 2019 13:00 - 16:00 Test Map

Code: 19ENG/046P Developing expertise in the teaching of reading at Key Stage 2

‘It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education. (2014 National Curriculum)

This course will support Key Stage 2 teachers in becoming expert teachers of reading by:
• unpicking the progression of skills needed to become a fluent and confident reader
• developing understanding and knowledge of ways to improve reading outcomes
• exploring some of the barriers to reading that will affect some pupils’ progress.

This course will develop participants' understanding of how reading is taught in English lessons, guided reading, one-to-one and how it is facilitated and embedded throughout all curriculum subjects.

We will help participants to unpick the key skills that are involved in being able to successfully read and comprehend a range of texts. We will identify effective teaching approaches to foster the required skills.

The course draws upon recent research and findings from the Education Endowment Foundation to help participants stay up to date with proven strategies, including aspects of decoding, fluency, inference, retrieval and self-regulation.

Participants will engage in practical ideas to inspire and excite pupils, exploring ways to develop that ‘love of reading’ (2014 National Curriculum), which can become a platform for successful reading across a range of texts.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 17 October 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19ENG/050P Developing expertise in the teaching of reading at Key Stage 1

‘It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education. (2014 National Curriculum)

This course will support Key Stage 1 teachers in becoming expert teachers of reading by:
• unpicking the progression of skills needed to become a fluent and confident reader
• developing understanding and knowledge of ways to improve reading outcomes
• exploring some of the barriers to reading that will affect some pupils’ progress.

The course will develop participants understanding of how reading is taught in English lessons, guided reading, one-to-one and how it is facilitated and embedded throughout all curriculum subjects.

We will help participants to unpick the key skills that are involved in being able to successfully read and comprehend a range of texts. We will identify effective teaching approaches to foster the required skills.

The course draws upon recent research and findings from the Education Endowment Foundation to help participants stay up to date with proven strategies, including aspects of decoding, fluency, inference, retrieval and self-regulation.

Participants will engage in practical ideas to inspire and excite pupils, exploring ways to develop that ‘love of reading’ (2014 National Curriculum), which can become a platform for successful reading across a range of texts.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 07 November 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19MAT/025P Developing effective fluency sessions in mathematics

Fluency sessions – the what, why, when and how.

A day of training which includes a complete suite of resources to support teachers back in school. Schools are aware of the need to ensure pupils are ‘fluent’ with their mathematics knowledge and skills. Many are establishing fluency sessions (also known as maths meeting or everyday fluency) to support this, but what does an effective session look like?

This one-day course will unpick the purpose of fluency sessions and outline a possible structure. Resources will be given out on the day which schools can use as a starting point. The course also includes the resources for an introductory staff meeting for launching back in school, so that mathematics subject leaders can get going straight away with implementing the sessions. The course is timed so that teachers can trial the resources in the summer term and evaluate, ready for roll-out in September.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 11 June 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19ENG/047P Spelling SOS Key Stage 2 Project

The 2014 National Curriculum catapulted spelling at KS2 into the limelight, and the KS2 assessment framework documents have further intensified the focus on spelling over the last four years. With this in mind, schools have been grappling with – and will need to consider further – how to equip their pupils for this increased challenge, so that they are able to meet the expected standard at the end of KS2 with confidence.

This project has been designed to offer strategies that will have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ spelling achievement. Following successful implementation of the project, the pupils will be on an improved trajectory towards EXS at the end of KS2; have a more positive relationship with spelling; be more enthusiastic, confident spellers with an increased understanding and knowledge of the spelling system.

The project will focus predominantly on the need to improve pupils’ current individual spelling errors and misconceptions. Accurate spelling is a key component of writing fluently; enabling pupils’ cognitive resources to be freed from focusing on spelling means it can then be redirected towards writing composition. Following this event a half-day consultancy visit will be arranged with an allocated adviser week commencing 7th October 2019.

For more information please follow the link below:
projects/english-research-projects/spelling-sos-ks2-project">Spelling SOS KS2 Project

For all schools outside of Hertfordshire please contact us for a price and availability before booking.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 12 September 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 17 October 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Test Map
3 16 December 2019 09:30 - 12:00 Test Map