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Literacy/reading (including phonics) and writing for all  Communication  Courses

How to teach reading so everyone can achieve! 

Aims - to develop a clear understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin how children learn to read.

  • The training highlights the importance of reading being seen as priority and the understanding that good literacy instruction is good for all children.

  • It focuses on an awareness that reading skills exist along a developmental continuum based on a foundation of key prerequisite skills that all learners need, including oral language, vocabulary, working memory, auditory discrimination, understanding of narrative, print awareness and most importantly a motivation learn!

  • We discuss how to use this knowledge to reach those struggling or reluctant to read, creating a literacy rich classroom for all.  

  • Looking at how to build enjoyment, confidence and a love of reading for all pupils.

  • The training provides practical approaches that are fun, and effective making use of existing schemes, resources and multi-sensory approaches based on research proven to raise children’s’ engagement and attainment in reading.

Girl by the Tree
Child Reading in the Grass

The science of reading and why learners struggle: strategies to get every learner reading 

Aims -to develop knowledge and confidence about how we learn to read and how we can use this knowledge to remove barriers to learning for all.

  • Looking how to engage and motivate all learners to read including those with specific learning needs such as Dyslexia and those with more complex SEND.

  • Strategies, ideas, and ways in are provided to get all learners reading now, using best practice research and classroom experience.

Reading and Phonics- Intent, implementation, and impact, what does outstanding provision
look like?

Aims -to develop knowledge and confidence around the teaching of phonics to all learners.


  • Includes a focus on, preparing for the Ofsted deep dive into reading, outlining the key aspects to achieve outstanding. What does the new DFE guidance around phonics mean for schools?

  • The role of high expectations, clear understanding of approaches and training for all staff.

  • The need for well organised approach to the teaching of reading from the start with effective use of interventions and assessment/monitoring and appropriate use of resources.

  • The crucial role that promotion of positive parent/carer partnerships plays.

  • Alongside developing a love for reading across the community.

Children's Storybooks

The power of picture books for all ages - high impact low challenge.

Aims -to support a greater understanding of the power of pictures as a way of raising children’s literacy skills and providing a vehicle for learning across the curriculum.


  • Focusing on key aspects including why the rhythm and rhyme of picture books makes them fun and easy to learn from, how they lead to an increase in vocabulary, cognitive functioning, engagement, motivation, and achievement for all including those who may be struggling with literacy.

Building emotional literacy and mental health through stories and storytelling.

Aims -to develop knowledge and confidence around how to use stories to boast all learner’s emotional literacy and mental health, linked to importance of this for all learners,
including those with SEND.  

  • Research indicates a link between the development of emotional literacy and storytelling

  • This course will provide clarity, understanding and strategies to use in the school and home environment. 

  • Practical ideas, advice and ways forward are provided to make a difference now.


Reading for pleasure – strategies for motivating all learners 

Aims- to use research findings that children who read for pleasure achieve better outcomes across all areas, to inform practice.  

  • Focusing on how to build enjoyment, confidence, and a love of reading for all pupils

  • Leading to a plan for embedding these approaches more widely across the school and wider community.


Writing for all – developing literacy through writing for learners with SEND

This session focuses on the importance of developing writing for all learners. From early mark making, alternative pencils (for learners with the most complex needs) to expressing ideas. 

An overview of the crucial role writing plays in the development of literacy is presented, exploring the stages and skills needed to progress from emergent to fluent writers. We will explore and provide practical ideas and strategies to create accessible writing opportunities for all, how to support all learners to make progress and the important role assistive technology plays.


Ten top tips to help struggling readers in KS2

Aims -to tackle the issue of children leaving primary school unable to read to the expected standard through understanding these top tips.

  • This is often children from the vulnerable groups (poverty and literacy are intricately linked).  

  • This course looks at the top ten reasons for this and suggests practical strategies to put into place straight away from core assessments, removing the fear out of failure (best technology to support), proven high low readers, ways to get children reading aloud/independently and crucial role of home school partnership.  

  • The emphasis on what can we do now, how can we make a difference with high impact low resources.

Top tips for home literacy learning for all- supporting engagement of all learners in the home environment.

Aims- to provide top tips for reading for all – how can we support families in the current climate?

  • Now more than at any other time, stories, books and literacy are the key to learning for all pupils.

  • Our learners are facing unsettled and unstructured times where most of the learning may need to happen within the home environment.

  • Reading has been established as the key to education and it’s time to use this to unlock opportunities and experiences for all learners.

  • In the course we will focus on top tips for teaching reading to all, focusing empowering our families to use reading as a vehicle for all learning.

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