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  • Susie Spolander
    Susie Spolander

    As an experienced English consultant, Susie works nationally and internationally with schools, academies, partnerships and organisations to develop and improve all aspects of English across the primary age range.

    Prior to establishing her independent consultancy business, she worked as a Primary Strategies Literacy Consultant and then as an English Consultant for Oxfordshire County Council’s School Improvement Service.

    Susie has written, developed and led a wide variety of training events, programmes and projects to address current local and national educational priorities and, in recognition of this work, has been awarded the Gold Quality Mark for Professional Development by the London Institute of Education.


Zoom Session
Zoom Session


Tue 19 Sep 2023


13:00 - 14:45

Supporting TAs to Support Reading in KS1

Focus: Curriculum
For: Teaching assistants in KS1. Also suitable for KS2 TAs supporting pupils working at KS1 level.


This session is suitable for TAs working in KS1, as well as KS2 TAs working with pupils who are still working with KS1 curriculum requirements for reading and need rapid catch-up. The session would also be suitable for volunteer readers who regularly support pupils’ reading.

Join this interactive, online workshop specifically designed to support TAs in their work with pupils.

This session aims to develop Teaching Assistants’ practice in their work to support pupils to develop Key Stage 1 reading skills and strategies. The elements of reading – word reading, fluency and comprehension – will be explained and TAs will have the opportunity to explore a variety of practical, proven approaches for supporting pupils, including for those pupils who struggle with reading, in developing their strategies and skills across the elements.

Participants will:

  • develop an understanding of the elements of reading and the associated skills and strategies.
  • consider the range of approaches to support reading and how they can be used effectively to meet learners’ needs.
  • discuss the use of quality, focused questioning and feedback in reading.
  • acquire practical ideas for use back in school.

Director’s Note:

Support your TAs to be able to fully develop your children’s reading. I’d fully recommend booking as many KS1 TAs on as possible, ensuring that they all hear the same message, thus ensuring consistency across all KS1 classes.