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Training

Please find information below including booking links for the following courses;

  • Boosting Reading and Writing progress (BRWP)
  • Developing a culture of reading
  • Dyslexia awareness and supporting learners in the classroom
  • Supporting reading and literacy: EAL learners in the classroom
  • Reciprocal Reader
  • Enhancing Dyslexia Practice
  • An Ear for Reading
  • EAL: Developing Practice and Interventions
  • Mastery in Reading Comprehension
  • Reading Inference: A Deeper Understanding

Boosting Reading and Writing progress (BRWP)

Dates:

  • Morning 1: 5 October
  • Morning 2: 6 October
  • Morning 3: 27 October
  • Morning 4: 28 October
  • Morning 5: 17 November

All sessions run online from 9am -12pm. Delegates must attend all sessions.

Trainer: Michelle Deeming is a member of the Learning Communication and Interaction Team for SEND Support Service in Leicester. She has worked for a number of years on reading development projects in the city.

The training will provide teaching assistants with a range of generic skills and knowledge needed for supporting pupils with decoding, comprehension and language problems as well as training for delivery of the BRWP intervention programme.

NB: The course is offered as part of the SEND Services central training. Booking must be made through the link provided at 'Book your place'. The full price of the course to schools is £450 for teacher and TA pair, additional TAs at £100 each. WiT will subsidise this cost for schools wishing to attend by £200, with the remainder of the cost being covered by individual schools. Limited subsidised spaces available for up to 15 schools.

Areas Covered:

  • How pupils develop reading skills.
  • The reading process and how to observe readers carefully and systematically.
  • Generic teaching and learning skills involved in reading.
  • How to help students with a range of comprehension and decoding difficulties.
  • How to support pupils with writing and how to deliver the BRWP intervention.

Course Outcomes:

  • Gain a clear view of reading development and the variety of difficulties pupils’ experience.
  • Observe a reader in detail and to be able to diagnose strengths and weaknesses.
  • To be able to target teaching effectively to individuals.

Please note, bookings for this course close 28th September 2021

Developing a Culture of Reading

13th October 2021, 1:15 - 3pm - online

Trainer: Led by Sam Keeley from Just Imagine; an organisation whose expertise support schools in the development of excellence in the teaching of reading, writing and oracy using high quality literature.

  • Are you ready for the next steps on the journey to building a culture of reading?
  • Are your pupils reading widely and deeply?
  • Is reading for pleasure a priority in your school improvement plans?
  • Do all teachers understand how to TEACH reading for pleasure?
  • Would you like to update your knowledge of the latest books authors and reading for pleasure resources?

Areas of focus:

  • Book and text knowledge for teachers and pupils
  • A pedagogy for teaching independent reading
  • Reading environments that work— beyond cushions and fairy lights
  • Selection and organisation of resources
  • Supporting different kinds of readers
  • Encouraging a range of positive reading behaviours

Who should attend?

For Reading Leads and Reading Champions

Please note, bookings for this course close 6th October 2021

Dyslexia awareness and supporting learners in the classroom

Session 1: Wednesday 3rd Nov, 1-3pm at SDSA

Session 2: Thursday 9th Dec, 1-3pm at SDSA

Trainer: Paula Jones, SEND Services

Course information:

These two sessions aimed at Early Career Teachers and TAs look at raising subject knowledge around dyslexia and examines practical strategies to use in to support learners.

Areas covered:

  • A basic knowledge of dyslexia.
  • An understanding of how pupils may present in the classroom.
  • A range of basic strategies to support learners.

Course outcomes:

  • Increased understanding of dyslexia.
  • Knowledge of a range of effective strategies to address the impact of specific learning difficulties.
  • Increased confidence and skills of learning support assistants in supporting pupils with SpLD.

Who should attend?

The session is suitable for early career teachers and classroom support staff; those new to identifying and supporting dyslexia.

Please note, bookings for this course close 27th October 2021

Supporting reading and literacy: EAL learners in the classroom

Session 1: Wednesday 10th November, 1:15 - 3pm - online

Session 2: Wednesday 1st December, 1:15 - 3pm - online

Trainer: Melanie Griffin, Head of Bury LA Curriculum and Language Access Service

Course information:

These two sessions aimed at Early Career Teachers and TAs look at raising subject knowledge around EAL pupils and literacy skills and examines practical strategies to use in to support learners.

Sessions to focus on awareness of key issues and strategies for EAL learners and how to use this knowledge to support them effectively in the classroom, with a focus on reading.

Session 1 will focus on:

Knowing your learners

Using prior learning

First languages for learning

Supporting parents, supporting children

Session 2 will focus on:

Scaffolding learning for EAL learners

Promoting talk

Learning to read and reading to learn through EAL

Each session will include an overview of related research evidence and practical examples and activities for the classroom. There will be a reading gap task and a practical gap task for participants to complete between the two sessions. Each session will have about 15 mins for a question and answer time at the end. Issues raised will be picked up in the next session/ follow up email wherever possible.

Who should attend?

These sessions are suitable for early career teachers and classroom support staff.

Please note, bookings for this course close 3rd November 2021

Reciprocal Reader (POSTPONED UNTIL 2022)

Tuesday 23rd November, 9am - 4pm at SDSA

Course information:

FFT Literacy, part of the Fischer Family Trust (FFT), are literacy and intervention specialists. This course focuses on how to use reciprocal approaches as part of ordinary classroom teaching and as an intervention programme. It will be led by Andy Taylor, the Training and Development Manager of FFT Literacy, who has worked extensively with Leicester schools over the past few years on different literacy projects. For further details of reciprocal reading and this training please go to www.literacy.fischertrust.org.uk

Training outcomes:

  • Identifying the challenges in comprehension
  • Using reciprocal reading strategies at an adult level
  • Applying the strategies with children
  • Advice on texts to use and practical issues
  • Materials to support teaching and learning

Who should attend?

KS2 Teachers and experienced TAs who will be delivering and overseeing this intervention

Please note, bookings for this course close 16th November 2021

Enhancing Dyslexia Practice

Session 1: Wednesday 12th January, 1-3pm at SDSA

Session 2: Monday 31st January, 1-3pm at SDSA

Trainer: Paula Jones, SEND Services

Course information:

These two sessions aimed at Subject leaders or experienced classroom teaches look at developing deeper subject knowledge around dyslexia and how to improve practice within your school.

Who should attend?

The session is suitable for subject leads and experienced classroom teachers; those with some knowledge of dyslexia wanting to develop practice in supporting learners with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.

Delegates will learn about:

Selecting suitable programmes and interventions, a range of IT support and supporting learners to understand their strengths and difficulties.

Please note, bookings for this course close 5th January 2022

An Ear for Reading

Tuesday 25th January 2022, 1:15 - 3pm - online

Trainer: Led by Sam Keeley from Just Imagine; an organisation whose expertise support schools in the development of excellence in the teaching of reading, writing and oracy using high quality literature.

Developing fluent and expressive readers across the primary school

  • Can teachers confidently assess children’s fluency and identify teaching approaches to meet their needs?
  • Would you like to be informed about the latest research into reading fluency?
  • Are you using a range of strategies to develop fluency which are fully integrated into your reading and English lessons?
  • Would you like to develop a repertoire of practical and engaging strategies for developing fluent readers?

Areas of focus:

  • Insights from latest research
  • Making assessments of reading fluency
  • Strategies for teaching reading fluency
  • Integrating fluency approaches into regular reading and English lessons
  • Reading aloud – tips on best practice
  • Readers Theatre – making fluency explicit
  • Poetry, play and performance
  • Becoming fluent with nonfiction

Who should attend?

For Reading leads and classroom teachers – KS1 and KS2

Please note, bookings for this course close 18th January 2022

EAL: Developing Practice and Interventions

Two sessions online: Spring Term - Dates TBC

Trainer: Melanie Griffin, Head of Bury LA Curriculum and Language Access Service

Course information:

These two sessions aimed at Subject leaders or experienced classroom teaches look at developing deeper subject knowledge around EAL pupils and literacy and how to improve practice within your school.

Sessions to focus on awareness of key issues and strategies for EAL learners and how to use this knowledge to support them effectively in the classroom, with a focus on reading.

Session 1 will focus on:

Key strategies to promote the attainment and progress of EAL learners in whole class lessons

Working with parents to support their children’s reading development

Learning to read and reading to learn – key issues for EAL learners

Session 2 will focus on:

Increasing progress through targeted interventions:

Assessment

Selecting an intervention for an EAL learner

Monitoring progress

The importance of talk and vocabulary development

Each session will include an overview of related research evidence and practical examples and activities for the classroom. There will be a reading gap task and a practical gap task for participants to complete between the two sessions. Each session will have about 15 mins for a question and answer time at the end. Issues raised will be picked up in the next session/ follow up email wherever possible.

Who should attend?

These sessions are suitable for subject leads and experienced classroom teachers

Mastery in Reading Comprehension

28th Feb 2022, 1:15 - 3pm - online

9th March 2022, pm - online

28th March 2022, SDSA office

Trainer: Kala Williams – Bright I Consultancy

Three half day training sessions linked by short gap tasks based on Kala’s book Mastery in Reading Comprehension

Make teaching reading comprehension simple, enjoyable and impactful with this proven mastery approach. Learn what works and why it works, take ownership of your teaching practice and meet the demands of the Key Stage 2 (KS2) National Curriculum with outstanding results.

Expert consultant and teacher Kala Williams will share a range of different mastery methods and why they work, as well as easy-to-follow classroom strategies.

All schools will receive a free copy of Mastery in Reading Comprehension: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/mastery-in-reading-comprehension-9781472980953/

Session 1 - online - 28th February 2022

This session will cover the key principles of Mastery:

  • Revamping practice using explicit teaching methodology
  • Embracing pupil practice time to increase accuracy
  • Misconceptions as a 'teach from' point to close the gap

Session 2 - online - 9th March 2022

This session will cover strategies for metacognition:

  • Dual coding and schema for retrieval
  • Dual coding and schema for clarifying vocabulary
  • Dual coding and schema for inference

Session 3 at SDSA office - 28th March 2022

This session will cover systematic teaching:

  • General overview of the phased approach within Vocabulary and Retrieval
  • Exemplar workshop - systematic teaching of inference. (Teachers will see how the systematic approach works in practice using rich text and the mastery methods of questioning and explicit strategy teaching.)

Who should attend?

For KS2 teachers and subject leads

Please note, bookings for this course close 21st February 2022

Reading Inference: A Deeper Understanding

Tuesday 7th June 2022, 1:15 - 3pm - online

Trainer: Led by Sam Keeley from Just Imagine; an organisation whose expertise support schools in the development of excellence in the teaching of reading, writing and oracy using high quality literature.

Reading: Inference A Deeper Understanding for Reading Leads and classroom teachers

  • Are you diagnostic in your approach to teaching inference and can you confidently support readers who face a range of inferencing challenges?
  • Are you confident in knowing when using the prediction strategy is beneficial to readers and when it might inhibit comprehension?
  • Do you know what to do when learners struggle with coherence inferencing?
  • Would you benefit from finding new, practical ways to support colleagues in their teaching of inference?

Course information:

Most teachers know something about inference, but many are not fully conversant with the extent to which inference plays a role in reading. Being able to distinguish between different types of inference is important for teachers so that they can target their teaching most effectively.

This course outlines the major inference types, drawing the distinction between those inferences that are needed to make coherence of the text and those that elaborate on the information provided. Practical workshop activities are used to demonstrate different strategies and metacognitive approaches, including planned ‘think alouds’.

Who should attend?

For Reading leads and classroom teachers.

Please note, bookings for this course close 31st May 2022