Chartered College Teacher Twilight: Developing best practice in the teaching of phonics and early literacy

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29/01/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

This event is now sold out. Our next Chartered College Event on 20 March will focus on the Power of Poetry. Also see details of future Chartered College events

This Chartered College network hub event will be a chance to explore research and best practice in the teaching of phonics and early literacy.

Professor of Early Childhood & Primary Education Dominic Wyse, the Founding Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy, will give a unique insight into the research around phonics and early reading.

CLPE Lead Advisory Teacher, Anjali Patel, will look at what this research means for practice in the classroom and how schools are developing best practice in early reading and phonics by focussing on the use of high quality texts and the effective teaching of phonics within a rich reading curriculum. 

Robert Paul, Phonics in a Rich Reading Curriculum lead at Charles Dickens Primary School, Southwark, will reflect on how his school school has developed their approach to the teaching of early reading and phonics to raise engagement and attainment in reading and writing at the end of KS1 and 2, alongside the phonics screening check.

Ensuring all children learn to read, and also enjoy the literature they encounter in their schools, settings and at home, is a priority for not only ensuring academic progress and achievement but also as a means of closing the socio-economic gap.  We know that children who read independently encounter more words and generally have a better vocabulary, improved linguistic skills in the form of a more competent use of grammar and better spelling, as well as being more effective communicators.

Throughout the session there will be opportunities to reflect on and discuss the research underpinning the approaches shared. This will all be considered within the context of the challenges and demands of the contemporary classroom.

Tickets for this special event are only £5 including a glass of wine or soft drink. Attendees will receive free copies of our CLPE publication Choosing and Using Quality Texts: What We Know Works.

Registration for the event opens at 5pm. At the end of the session, attendees will be able to purchase quality texts to support children as early readers from Letterbox Library.


“It is hard to overstate the importance of early literacy. Reading is the gateway to almost every other subject, and to children discovering their own unique interests and talents. For that reason alone, ensuring that children master literacy is a central issue of social justice.”

Amanda Spielman, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills
Webber Street
United Kingdom