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Since 2004 we have run the ‘Power of Reading’ project. This is a whole school development project where teachers attend high quality training, have access to a wide range of quality children’s literature and work with their colleagues to develop practice around the teaching of reading in their school. Over the twelve years of the project we have worked with more 3500 teachers from 2000 schools in over 50 Local Authorities. Every year we collect data about children’s achievement and progress and we ask teachers to share examples of how they have changed whole school practice. The practical examples are all collected on the Power of Reading project website. 

The project has given us a unique perspective on the successful teaching of reading in primary schools. We have constructed the professional development sessions using the most up to date published research as well as insights from authors, poets and illustrators. We spend time carefully selecting the 20 project texts which are given to teachers on the course and they reflect the very best of current children’s literature. As well as this we collect numerous examples of effective reading practice from our project teachers during each of our development sessions. These examples of practice are uploaded to the project site so that the teachers have the benefit of face to face training and remote support with examples from real classrooms.

To mark the success of this project we want to share the things that teachers have told us are effective ways to teach reading. In this booklet we are publishing ten things that teachers have told us need to be considered and developed in schools that want to be successful in encouraging a lifelong love of reading and literacy learning. We hope you find it useful.

  • Find out more about our Power of Reading Project in London starting in September here
  • Find out which regions are running Power of Reading Projects here
  • Find out more about Power of Reading in the Early Years here
  • Access the Power of Reading website here