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Code: ENG/20/12/P 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 8 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 we find 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 in a short space of time. 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 pupil’s 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 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). The full project outline is given below. 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 TLA time needed for data analysis. Should you like to include an additional class teacher, please detail this information on your participation agreement form. 

For more information please follow the link below:
KS1 Reading Fluency Project

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 17 January 2020 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 10 February 2020 16:00 - 18:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
3 29 April 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19ENG/045P Key Stage 1 Reading Fluency Project (EVENT FULL)

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:
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: ENG/20/13/P Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project

The 2016 KS2 reading paper presented a greater degree of challenge to young readers, and although the subsequent 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 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 children for this increased challenge so that they are able to tackle the 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 5 and 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. This summer term project focuses on year 5 pupils, in readiness for year 6. 

The project will focus predominantly on the need to improve pupil’s 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]

 The cost of this project is £780 (plus VAT). The full project outline is given below. 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 TLA time needed for data analysis. Should you like to include an additional class teacher, please detail this information on your participation agreement. 

For more information please follow the link below:
KS2 Reading Fluency Project

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 21 April 2020 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 19 May 2020 16:00 - 18:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
3 16 July 2020 09:00 - 16:00 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: ENG/20/21/S Key Stage 3 Reading Fluency Project

The Key Stage 3 (KS3) Reading Fluency Project is designed to swiftly improve reading fluency and comprehension of those students who have entered KS3 working below the expected standard in reading. The project strategies have been trialled extensively with Year 5 and 6 pupils, and have been proven to have a powerful effect on reading ability for most pupils, in turn supporting them to develop more positive views about reading. This project has received national interest and the strategies have been shared with Local Authorities and Teaching School Alliances across the country.
Over the 8-week period, target students receive 2 x 20 minutes teacher-led sessions each week. These should be delivered by a teacher. Using the key strategies of modelled expert reading and echo reading, alongside challenging text selection, pupils have been shown to make dramatic progress across an 8-week intervention period. Year 6 pupils made on average 31.5 months progress during the intervention period.
The KS3 project has been successfully trialled in a number of secondary schools and has been adapted to suit a secondary audience.
The project incorporates a range of high-quality CPD elements, including, a whole-day launch, a twilight session, a 2-hour in-school visit and a final half-day review. In addition, schools will be supplied with assessment materials, which will aid in judging the impact of the project. The HfL advisory team will mark and analyse the assessment materials, providing the pre-intervention data outcomes at the school visit and the post-intervention data outcomes at the half day review.
The project cost covers the inclusion of one teacher (who will deliver the sessions) and a project lead (this may be the head of english). Additional teachers can be included in the project for a small charge.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 10 January 2020 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 05 February 2020 16:00 - 18:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
3 24 April 2020 09:15 - 12:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19ENG/044P Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project (EVENT FULL)

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:
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: ENG/19/229/P Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project: Sustaining Impact Session (EVENT FULL)

The Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project has had a measurable impact on reading standards in many schools in Hertfordshire and beyond. Having invested heavily in this project, it is important that schools continue to maintain focus on this work, and ensure that the powerful project strategies continue to be used effectively across KS2. Where schools have maintained focus, the impact continues to be seen in reading standards in KS2, even several years after participating in the project.

To support schools in up-skilling key teaching team members in the project strategies, the fluency project team have introduced this one-day ‘sustaining impact’ session. The session is open to teachers and leaders from schools who have participated in the project at some point since its launch in 2016. The session will incorporate the information shared during the project launch day, as well as the mid-project twilight session. The session is ideally suited to team members who did not attend the original project CPD sessions, but who have seen the strategies work well in other classes and are keen to develop their understanding of the project. This session is also ideal for leaders who are keen to support and monitor the delivery of the project, but who did not attend the project CPD sessions. Schools may also choose to send teaching assistants on this training session to ensure that they fully understand the principles and purpose of the project strategies.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 15 November 2019 09:15 - 15:15 The Leys Primary & Nursery School Map

Code: ENG/20/68/P Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project: Sustaining Impact Session

The Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project has had a measurable impact on reading standards in many schools in Hertfordshire and beyond. Having invested heavily in this project, it is important that schools continue to maintain focus on this work, and ensure that the powerful project strategies continue to be used effectively across KS2. Where schools have maintained focus, the impact continues to be seen in reading standards in KS2, even several years after participating in the project.

To support schools in up-skilling key teaching team members in the project strategies, the fluency project team have introduced this one-day ‘sustaining impact’ session. The session is open to teachers and leaders from schools who have participated in the project at some point since its launch in 2016. The session will incorporate the information shared during the project launch day, as well as the mid-project twilight session. The session is ideally suited to team members who did not attend the original project CPD sessions, but who have seen the strategies work well in other classes and are keen to develop their understanding of the project. This session is also ideal for leaders who are keen to support and monitor the delivery of the project, but who did not attend the project CPD sessions. Schools may also choose to send teaching assistants on this training session to ensure that they fully understand the principles and purpose of the project strategies.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 12 February 2020 09:15 - 15:15 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 (LIMITED SPACES)

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.

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