Power of Reading - Newcastle

05/11/2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
14/01/2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
25/03/2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
08/07/2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

This project has been commissioned by Seven Stories which is the National Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle and is a museum and visitor centre dedicated to children's literature.   Cost is £1450 ( £950 for additional attendees). There is a school group booking discount of 10 places for £10,000.

To book, contact the Learning team on

0300 330 1095 ext 213 or email: [email protected]

The Power of Reading is a school development project which engages teachers and children in the literacy curriculum using high quality books and proven teaching approaches. 

The project offers multi-layered professional development drawing on CLPE’s highly regarded classroom-based research and experience of working with teachers. It combines an introduction to outstanding books for teachers and children with an approach to teaching the English curriculum that is creative, engaging and develops a love of literacy. This successful project is entering its fourteenth year and has worked nationally with over 3500 schools and 5000 teachers in 50 Local Authorities.

The Power of Reading is fully aligned to and meets all requirements of the National Curriculum 2014.

There are four days of training spread throughout the school year. Headteachers and Senior Leaders are invited to the first morning and the final conference. Between each of the training days teachers will trial, share and implement the approaches and principles they have explored during the sessions. Teachers work on a school based case study which they present at the final conference.

Schools will receive:

  • Two packs of carefully chosen children’s books for each project teacher
  • Access to an exceptional and inspiring website of resources containing teaching sequences for over 190 books and more than 1000 examples of practice from Power of Reading schools*
  • Four full training days
  • The opportunity to develop subject and pedagogical knowledge within each school’s context
  • Tools to help schools to develop classroom and school provision to 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

*Website access will commence on the launch day of the project 

Evidence of impact

Analysis of data from the project schools has shown that children in Power of Reading schools make outstanding progress in reading and writing. Our research shows that the project is particularly effective in narrowing the achievement gap between boys and girls and significant for those who have been previously reluctant to engage with literacy.*

Children are:

  • Choosing to read more often and at greater length
  • Keen to read more challenging books
  • More confident and knowledgeable in talking about books
  • Willing to seek out deeper meanings in text
  • Showing greater enjoyment and achievement in writing.

CLPE Reading and Writing Scales – Literacy Beyond Levels
Project teachers will work with the CLPE Reading and Writing Scales which help teachers to understand what progression looks like in reading and writing. These materials help schools to provide an environment that supports children’s development as readers and writers and supports teacher subject knowledge in the development of reading and writing. They are a tool that will help strengthen teacher understanding and provide a common framework for truly formative assessment. Download the free Reading and Writing Scales

“Children are accessing a wider range of texts across the school. Pupil’s enjoyment of reading has improved. SEN pupils are engaged within lessons – the programme is highly inclusive. Boys are involved and enjoying the texts and are reading new books.”

Year 4 teacher, Morpeth Road Primary Academy, Newcastle PoR training 2017-18

“PoR has motivated pupils to write. It gave them a wealth of ideas and language to include in their writing. There was greater engagement"

Year 3 teacher Rose Wood Academy. Newcastle PoR training 2017-18
Seven Stories
30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
  • Lunch Included
  • Includes Resources
  • CLPE Reading and Writing Scales