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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


09:00 - 11:00

Developing Reading in KS1 for Teachers

Focus: Curriculum
For: KS1 teachers and English subject leaders


The EEF guidance Improving Literacy in KS1 advises schools to use a balanced and engaging approach to developing reading, teaching both decoding and comprehension skills. (EEF 2020) Join this interactive online course that focuses on developing the skills of effective reading in KS1, as well as the enthusiasm to become a lifelong reader.

This course encompasses the key elements of reading – word reading, fluency and comprehension. Recent research and guidance will be shared, along with the associated subject knowledge of these key elements, and participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of practical, proven approaches for teaching and developing each aspect in the KS1 curriculum. We will focus on equipping children with the skills, confidence and motivation they need to become enthusiastic, lifelong readers.

Participants will:

  • develop an understanding of the elements of reading and the associated skills and strategies for effective teaching and learning.
  • consider the range of approaches to teach and develop reading skills and how they can be used effectively to meet learners’ needs.
  • discuss the use of quality, focused questioning and feedback in reading.
  • explore the development of meaningful discussion within reading sessions.
  • acquire practical ideas for use back in school.

Director’s Note:

Evaluations from school leaders and teachers asked us to provide support with KS1 reading. Teachers are seeing the real after effects of lockdown on reading and are asking for support. Here it is.