Power of Reading in the Early Years Online Training

4th November, 2022 - 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm
2nd December, 2022 - 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm
13th January, 2023 - 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm
10th February, 2023 - 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm
10th March, 2023 - 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm
5th May, 2023 - 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm
16th June, 2023 - 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm
14th July, 2023 - 13:30 pm to 15:30 pm
Price: £750.00

The Power of Reading in the Early Years is CLPE’s proven programme that supports Early Years staff to develop an excellent language and literacy curriculum with high quality books and creative teaching approaches. It supports staff to develop a broad, rich literacy curriculum, strengthening language and vocabulary development and engagement and attainment in reading and writing to prepare for transition to Key Stage 1.

This training has been developed from the success of our flagship Power of Reading training to address the unique teaching and learning requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and offers in depth training in areas including talk and story, rhyme and song and outdoor texts.

This 8 session online training programme, uses high quality children’s literature and proven creative teaching approaches to help teachers to plan and deliver an engaging literacy curriculum. The Power of Reading is a long standing programme which was first developed in 2005. It has a rich evidence base and has raised achievement in more than 5000 schools. 98% of teachers saw improved engagement in children’s reading and 97% saw an improvement in children’s writing. Children who are part of the programme make an additional six months progress compared to their peers. 

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What you will learn:

This online course, delivered over 8, 2 hour sessions, is underpinned by extensive research and is designed by our highly experienced team of teachers who bring their professional knowledge and teaching experience to the Power of Reading training. The training meets all requirements of the EYFS 2021 Statutory Framework and covers:

  • Improving knowledge of children's literature and its role in developing children's literacy;
  • Choosing and using high-quality children’s literature to build an English curriculum in the Early Years;
  • Developing a reading for pleasure culture in the Early Years;
  • Improving the reading environment and access to texts;      
  • The role of reading aloud in developing children as readers and writers;
  • Planning an delivering text based units of work;
  • Exploring a range of creative approaches and their role in engaging children in literacy;
  • Embedding reading skills and strategies in the whole class teaching of English;  
  • Using quality texts to teach language, vocabulary and grammar in context and develop greater depth in writing;
  • Exploring the development of language and ideas for writing;
  • The role of storytelling in developing children's understanding of narrative;
  • Using role-play and drama to engage children in the world of story and improve comprehension and composition;
  • Using non-fiction to build on children interests and to develop context and purpose for writing; 
  • The importance of rhyme, song and poetry in developing children's phonological awareness and knowledge and understanding as readers and writers.

As well as 8, live and interactive webinars led by CLPE's expert teaching team, participants will also have immediate access to recordings of the sessions and access to a recorded webinar giving a whole school introduction to the programme.

Participants will need to have access to our CLPE School Membership prior to starting this training. This membership gives whole school access to our Power of Reading teaching sequences for every year group from Nursery to Y7, as well as examples of how teachers have implemented their training back in the classroom and access to a wide range of home learning activities. Purchase your CLPE School Membership


The training today was really excellent. Many thanks again for an inspiring day!

Teacher on Closing the Vocabulary Gap, Mercers project, 2021


There is a high level of engagement and interest. Independent writing increased in my literacy area. Children are relating the story to their own experiences.

Early Years teacher, Eastbury Community School, Closing the Vocabulary Gap training 2019-20