What does the Power of Reading training offer?


Our Power of Reading training and Closing the Vocabulary Gap in the Early Years (formerly known as Power of Reading in the Early Years) uses quality children’s literature and proven creative teaching approaches to support and develop a high quality literacy curriculum and a whole school love of reading and writing. Now in its 16th year, the Power of Reading has raised achievement in over 4200 schools and worked with 5500 teachers nationally, with 98% of teachers reporting the programme improved children’s engagement in reading and 97% reporting an improvement in children’s writing.  The Power of Reading meets all requirements of the National Curriculum.

All participants receive:

  • Four full days training to develop subject knowledge and practice in developing an English Curriculum for your school or setting and teaching high quality English lessons
  • Two Power of Reading book packs to enable participants to immediately implement the training in their classroom and develop their own reader response
  • Whole school membership to the Power of Reading website for 12 months 
  • Access to more than 220 detailed teaching plans for quality children’s books for all year groups and our Take 5 home learning activities. See our resources menu on this page for sample teaching plans and curriculum maps.

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Please Note: Our scheduled programmes for Power of Reading are now sold out.  We are keeping a waiting list of interested schools and if there is enough interest we may run a further programme.  If you would be interested in attending Power of Reading training at our London centre, please email [email protected] and we will add you to the waiting list. There are places available for Closing the Vocablualry Gap in the Early Years taking place at our London centre. Please visit the course page to book your place.

"Teachers have come back to school and inspired their fellow colleagues with their information and enthusiasm. They now think about which text will have the greatest impact and how on children." Power of Reading Birmingham 2018-19 Headteacher

If you are interested in training outside London, please email [email protected] 

Book our face-to-face courses with full confidence that they will be run within government guidelines on health and safety and social distancing.  Like everyone, we are having to review the situation with regards to Covid-19 regularly. If government guidance changes then we will work with you to ensure that we can deliver an alternative that meets your needs and that gives your school the training you need.