Power of Reading - Bradford
The Power of Reading uses high quality children’s literature and proven creative teaching approaches to engage teachers and children in the literacy curriculum and develop a whole school love of reading and writing. Now in its 15th year, the Power of Reading has raised achievement in over 4000 schools and worked with 5000 teachers nationally.
- The Power of Reading meets all requirements of the National Curriculum.
- 16 Bradford schools accessed Power of Reading as part of Exceed Teaching Schools’ SSIF project. Bryan Harrison, Headteacher at Miriam Lord Primary School, prepared this blog about the programme
- Cost per participant: £1100 A minimum of 20 delegates from one or more schools is required for this programme to be delivered locally.
To express interest please refer to Exceed Teaching Schools
• Class teachers across the primary phases and Literacy Leaders
• All children across the primary phases
Number of days of face-to-face training provided
• Four full training days
Venue for training
• Holybrook Primary School, Bradford, the training campus of Exceed Teaching Schools
Additional resources provided
• Two packs of carefully chosen children’s books for each project teacher
• Access to a website of resources hosting over 200 teaching sequences and more than 1000 examples of practice
• The opportunity to develop subject and pedagogical knowledge in each school’s context
• Tools to help schools to develop classroom provision and inform a whole school approach to reading
• Book group discussions to extend teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature
• Opportunities to listen to and meet leading children’s authors
What is the evidence-base for the content and approach adopted or promoted by this programme?
The body of research we have built over the 15-year life of this programme illustrates that we have a long-standing record of successfully helping teachers to close attainment gaps and significantly raise the quality of provision for all pupils.
What impact has this programme had previously on standards in schools?
Analysis of data has shown that Power of Reading schools:
• Make significant progress in reading and writing, particularly with those pupils who had previously been reluctant to engage with literacy
• Are effective in narrowing the achievement gap between boys and girls
• Find that their children choose to read more often, at greater length and are more confident in talking about books Our most recent cohort of school reported that:
• 98% of teachers said that the Power of Reading had raised reading engagement
• 99% of teachers said the Power of Reading had raised writing engagement
“A fantastic 4 days, PoR has fundamentally changed how I teach English and view reading as an adult! Some great texts to engage pupils and opportunities to explore literature in many different forms.”Year 4 teacher, Farnham Primary School. PoR Bradford training 2018-19
“A fantastic way to engage children in reading. It gets them excited and is a gateway into other elements of language they would never encounter. Lots of great CPD/opportunities to share ideas.”Year 6 teacher, Lister Primary School. PoR Bradford training 2018-19
“I’ve loved being part of this course. The materials/books have been stimulating and relevant. My classroom practice has improved and the children love the creative activities and are always ready for writing.”Year 1 teacher, Oakworth Primary School. PoR Bradford training 2018-19