2023/24 - Reading Champions' Conferences

As well as an opportunity to network with colleagues and hear updates on WiT and other local opportunities, we have selected a range of themes for each conference this year based on feedback from Leicester schools.

To book onto the remaining conferences, please click here.

Date and TimeWednesday 13th December 2023, 9am - 12pm
ThemeEnhancing your approaches to home engagement with children’s reading
OutlineThrough this session we intend to explore the issues and potential solutions to engaging parents and carers with children’s reading and identify practical strategies for you to pilot. We will look at national and local opportunities and ideas you can tap into over the course of the next few terms to enhance your current approaches.

Date and TimeWednesday 20th March 2024, 9am - 12pm
VenueNSPCC Training Centre, Beaumont Leys
ThemeBreaking down barriers: enthusing the unenthusiastic readers in your school
OutlineThis session will examine a range of key areas linked to reader reluctance and approaches on how to foster change in attitudes. We will discuss potential strategies, recommendations of books, book series and wider reading material to tempt the harder to reach children in your school community.

Date and TimeWednesday 19th June 2024, 9am - 12pm
VenueNSPCC Training Centre, Beaumont Leys
ThemeYour school and reading for pleasure: planning your strategy for the year ahead
OutlineAs the school year ends, along with some expert input, we will facilitate reflective discussions around good practice for RfP in schools, hear about the latest research and ideas and ask schools to share their successes and future visions, as you plan the year ahead.

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Previous Conferences - 2023/24

Wednesday 4th October 2023: We were thrilled to be able to hold the first conference of this academic year, focusing on choosing and using poetry effectively, at the wonderful Creative Learning Services Showroom! This session gave Champions an opportunity to reflect on their current practice around poetry in school, explore examples of effectively embedding this in the curriculum and examine some of the wider benefits of poetry. Attendees also heard about a wide range of poetry recommendations and had the opportunity to explore CLS's collection of books and resources! Thank you to all for attending and for your contributions.