Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesSchools in Leicester are hearing from @MrEPrimary about Re-engaging their school community in reading this morning. Our first virtual Reading Champions' Conference. More bite-sized conferences happening each month with different topics. @leicesterlibrar @MidlandsCLS https://t.co/v5W03t9IZK6 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it Takes@MBooks2love @MrEPrimary Everyone who booked on via Eventbrite have been sent a link to the session.6 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesWe are so excited to be part of this fantastic initiative again this year alongside @leicesterlibrar and @MidlandsCLS A fabulous selection of books again this year, set to inspire and entertain Year 5/6 pupils! https://t.co/2VhAQtPEW81 week ago
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Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @StokesWoodPS: We have been on Sky News today! Here’s the video of our feature https://t.co/WrfFTu4zaX @leicesterliz @leicesterssp @N3 weeks ago
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Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @OrchardMead_Lib: The mobile library is ready for action. Visiting the Year 9 and 10 zones today #letsgetreading https://t.co/rxG1K7Nlvy3 weeks ago
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Boosting Reading Writing progress (BRWP)


  • Morning 1: 7 October
  • Morning 2: 8 October
  • Morning 3: 29 October
  • Morning 4: 30 October
  • Morning 5: 13 November

All sessions run from 9am -12pm

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.

This training will provide TAs with a range of generic skills and knowledge needed for supporting pupils decoding, comprehension and language problems as well as training for the delivery of BRWP. It will support schools in identifying books for pupils to use, noticing and understanding pupils reading and writing strengths and weaknesses and enabling a struggling pupil to make rapid progress.

Training should be attended by TAs and the teacher overseeing the programme in non-Reading Recovery schools.

The training will enable TAs to

  • Match a book to any pupil
  • Notice and understand pupils reading and writing strengths and weaknesses
  • Enable a struggling pupil to make rapid progress

Subject Matters: Using Non-Fiction Texts and Factual Fiction across curriculum areas

3 Sessions of 1.5 hours – 1 per term – Dates TBC (online)

Session Titles:

  • Reading History
  • Reading Geography
  • Reading Science

Trainer: 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.

Course Information:

These 3 sessions aim to support reading leads and subject specialists with the specific demands of reading and writing in key curriculum areas. The sessions examine some nonfiction practices before moving on to practical class approaches for teaching with nonfiction (and some fiction) in history, geography and science. This includes ideas around build academic vocabulary for both content learning and processes and examples of great texts. The course will also take a look at the place of nonfiction in developing reading for pleasure.

Who should attend?

We suggest that the reading lead for each participating school should attend, ideally with the curriculum lead for each of the subjects covered.

Vocabulary Gap Training

Tuesday December 1st 10:30-12 pm (online)

Trainer: Nic O’Donnell, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Consultant for Derbyshire’s Education Improvement Service.

Course information:

This CPD session will explore the teaching of vocabulary. It aims to enable participants to successfully drive improvements in the explicit teaching of vocabulary within their school, to equip pupils with strategies to learn new words.

Who should attend?

The session is suitable for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 teachers. Please note that this training is a modified version of the 2019 session which some schools attended.

Reciprocal Reader

Two sessions – one online and one Face to face – Dates TBC (one in late autumn term and follow up in early spring)

Trainer: Andy Taylor is a Training and Development Manager for FFT Literacy, who has worked extensively with Leicester schools over the past few years on different literacy projects.

This course focuses on how to use reciprocal approaches as part of ordinary classroom teaching as an intervention programme. These sessions will support you in identifying the challenges in comprehension, applying reciprocal reading strategies, give advice on texts and share materials to support teaching and learning.