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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: 19ENG/042P Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Project (EVENT FULL)

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 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: ENG/20/12/P Key Stage 1 Reading Fluency Project

Herts for Learning have now taken over 1000 pupils at Key Stage 2 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 17 January 2020 09:00 - 09:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 10 February 2020 16:00 - 18:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
3 29 April 2020 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19ENG/041P Reception Early Reading Project (EVENT FULL)

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: ENG/19/38/P 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 January 2020. 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 09 January 2020 13:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 27 February 2020 16:00 - 18:00 Bowmansgreen Primary School Map
3 02 April 2020 09:00 - 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: 18EAY/077P Early Years Assessment Project

The project will help to support as many children as possible to achieve the required level of development at the end of EYFS.

This successful project, run last year enabled the schools that attended over the last two years, to raise their 'Good Level of Development' (GLD) on average by 11%.

We are confident that participation in this project will strengthen and improve the GLD level for the school and support the team to close attainment gaps.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 22 October 2018 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 28 March 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Test Map
3 07 June 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Test 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:
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/047P Spelling SOS Key Stage 2 Project (EVENT FULL)

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

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 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 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