Did you miss our Raising Readers, Changing Lives conference?

"An inspiring and fantastic conference with the wise Aidan Chambers and informed Sue Ellis. Great CPD!" 

On 12 January 2017 we ran our Raising Readers, Changing Lives conference. This lively event, which took place in CLPE's beautiful library, was attended by over 60 teachers and educationalists from London to Luxemberg!

Delegates from the Early Years to KS2 explored the journeys that all children make in order to become readers; recognising that every child has different starting points and their rate and pattern of progression will depend on many factors.

We were proud to partner with Barrington Stoke who publish super-readable children’s books that break down the barriers that can stop children getting into reading.

CLPE's Lead Advisory teacher, Anjali Patel opened the conference with the powerful message that every single child deserves to have access to the right high quality text for them, and that these should be at the heart of their learning. The right book in the hands of a knowledgeable teacher and supportive parent makes a huge difference to every child. Reading is the single most important thing a child can do to improve their life chances.

Delegates heard from multi-award winning author Aidan Chambers; Professor of Education at Strathclyde University, Professor Sue Ellis; Barrington Stoke's Managing Director, Mairi Kidd and award-winning author Tony Bradman.

They also participated in practical workshops run by CLPE's experienced teachers which explored the right book choices for children supported by the CLPE Reading Scale.

Insights from the conference

"The job of a teacher is to take children where they cannot go themselves"

"Reading aloud gets into the head the sound language makes" 

"Every classroom, every day has to have time to read"

Aidan Chambers

"The best children's writing always involves the triumph of the human spirit." 

"What made me a reader? Two teachers at school"

Tony Bradman

"What if the kids are all right and the books are all wrong?"

"Character spacing and type facing are important in helping all children become readers"

Mairi Kidd

"It's not just about teaching the cognitive skills of reading- it's about teaching that reading is valued."

Professor Sue Ellis

Find out more about CLPE conferences here

Our next conference, Reflecting Realities; British Values in Children's Literature takes place on Wednesday 1 March. Book your place here.