Literacy Beyond Levels Conference

8th February, 2016 - 09:30 am to 15:30 pm
Price: £220.00


Reading Writing

Literacy Beyond Levels Conference

This conference is now past. There will be other opportunities to be introduced to the CLPE Reading and Writing Scales through our training and through training and conferences from our partners EMC, NAAE, NATE and UKLA. The scales are now avaliable to download for FREE.  Register your interest and we will contact you when new training dates are available.

A conference to introduce the new Reading and Writing Scales - tools to support progression and inform classroom practice in the 21st Century

For over forty years the CLPE has pioneered approaches to formative, observation-based assessment in literacy. During the 1980s CLPE was responsible for the development of The Primary Language Record (PLR) and then The Primary Learning Record.  The PLR was accompanied by four, five-point scales, two in reading and two in writing. These enabled teachers to assess and monitor children's progress in literacy in the primary school.

CLPE has been working with teachers and in partnership with UKLA, NATE, NAAE and the English and Media Centre to develop the original scales into a tool that can be used by teachers to inform classroom practice in the 21st Century. We are pleased to be able to launch these new Reading and Writing Scales at this exciting conference. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear about the thinking and research behind the scales and reflect upon how to use them in school to support children’s learning.

The Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier, Tanya Landman is confirmed as keynote speaker for the conference.

The Literacy Beyond Levels Conference will:

  • Introduce the CLPE Reading and Writing Scales as a tool to support planning, practice and progression
  • Reflect on the practice and pedagogy that supports children in their reading and writing journey
  • Introduce the supporting materials and underpinning research developed by CLPE, UKLA, NATE, NAAE and EMC

Delegates will be supported to:

  • Understand progression in reading and writing
  • Reflect on how assessment can inform a child’s learning journey
  • Use the Reading and Writing Scales to understand how the environment, text provision and the enabling adult support learning and achievement in literacy

Conference Agenda

Introduction to the scales and the materials

Keynote: Teresa Cremin – What counts as reading: measuring the pleasure

Workshop session: The Reading Scales

Keynote: Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier, Tanya Landman  – Writing for a purpose


Workshop session: The Writing Scales

Panel: PRT, CLPE, UKLA, NATE, NAAE, EMC – using the scales in the school environment

About Teresa Cremin

Teresa Cremin is Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University. A Fellow of the English Association and the Academy of Social Sciences, Teresa is a Director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, and a Trustee of the UK Literacy Association (UKLA). Previously she has served as President of the UK Reading Association and the UKLA and as a Trustee of BookTrust, SES and the Poetry Archive.

Teresa’s socio-cultural research, her teaching and consultancy focuses mainly on teachers’ literate identities and practices, the pedagogies of reading and writing for pleasure and creativity in teaching and learning. Her recent texts include: Building Communities of Engaged Readers: Reading for Pleasure (2014, Routledge) Researching Literacy Lives: building home school communities (2015, Routledge) and The International Handbook of Research into Children’s Literacy, Learning and Culture (2013, Wiley Blackwell), edited with K. Hall, B. Comber and L. Moll.

She edits the series Teaching Creatively in the Primary School (Routledge).

About Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2015 for Buffalo Soldier. It’s not the first time she has written a novel about American history. Apache was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2008. Her latest historical novel for teenagers is Hell and High Water. Tanya has written for a wide range of ages. Her books for older children in KS2 include two mystery series featuring Poppy Fields and Sam Swann and for children enjoying their first chapter books there is the series about Flotsam and Jetsam. The majority of her books are published by Walker.

Learn more about Tanya. She is one of the women historical novelists who writes for children and young people who blogs at The History Girls