The Importance of Early Reading Conference

8th November, 2019 - 10:00 am to 16:00 pm
Price: £150.00

Our first conference was designed to help all teachers to support children at the beginning of their reading journey and show how schools can build an effective and ambitious reading curriculum that meets the needs of all learners.

Hear from a range of literacy experts and take part in practical workshops covering phonics, reading fluency and the development of reading comprehension.  Understand how to teach the skills and knowledge needed to support early readers to become confident and competent readers as well as how to plan a rich reading curriculum that meets the needs of all learners.

We are delighted to have a range of keynote speakers including:

Gill Jones - Ofsted's Deputy Director of Early Education and one of Her Majesty's Inspectors
Gill will outline key messages from the Ofsted Curriculum Review on the link between quality texts and language development.

Michael Rosen - Award-winning poet and author, and Professor of Children's Literature at Goldsmiths University
Michael will share his experience in writing for and in engaging Early Readers.

David Reedy -  Trustee and past President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association and Fellow of The Chartered College of Teaching. 
David will discuss the components of an effective reading curriculum based on recent and relevant research.

Charlotte Hacking - CLPE Learning Programmes LeaderCharlotte will introduce the day by sharing how schools can use the CLPE Reading Scale to identify early readers across the primary years and develop high quality practice and provision to enable progress for all learners. Anjali Patel - CLPE Lead Advisory Teacher
Anjali will discuss how CLPE's research into early reading and our text-based approaches help teachers deliver quality classroom practice to meet the needs of readers at different stages in their reading journey.

The conference will also feature a series of phase-specific workshops geared to the specific learning needs and requirements for each year group. These will be led by our teaching team: Anjali Patel, Darren Matthews, Katie Myles and Jonathan Rodgers.

Joining us throughout the day will be Newham Bookshop, selling a range of quality children's books including works by Michael Rosen.

Registration begins at 9.30am

“Great range of speakers and perspectives, including research, pedagogy and Ofsted point of view – felt like we were getting a very current, holistic view”

Conference attendee, 2019

“A wonderful day that has informed my own practice and I can’t wait to share with colleagues and trial some of the shared tools with the pupils”

Conference attendee, 2019

'In reaching an evaluation against the ‘quality of education’ judgement, inspectors will consider whether: n the school is determined that every pupil will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities. All pupils, including the weakest readers, make sufficient progress to meet or exceed age-related expectations.'

Ofsted Education Inspection Framework, 2019