Details of WiT's full CPD programme for 2023/24 will be available soon.

Please see below for an overview of opportunities that are running this year - these are unfortunately currently fully booked. If you would like to join the waiting list, please use the contact details provided below.

Early Reading Hub

Cost: Free for maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Jo Puttick, Emma Spiers & Monika Singala

No. of sessions: 3 x half days (9am-12pm). Wed 1st Nov 2023, Wed 31st Jan 2024, Wed 17th April 2024.

Audience: EYFS Leaders / Y1 teachers / English Leaders / Reading Leaders


The aim of this network is to connect colleagues across the city and to give an opportunity to develop teachers’ and leaders’ understanding relating to best practice in reading development in the Early Years and Y1. Now in its second year, sessions will focus on areas such as phonics, leading reading, early language development, closing the gap, using feedback, poetry, transition and vision for early reading development. There will also be input from CLS, linked to the themes of the sessions.

Session Focus and Dates:

1Keeping children up with phonics teaching. Moving beyond phonics only books to ensure progress in Y2. Leading reading across the curriculum.1st November 2023 (AM)NSPCC
Gap TaskMonitor the reading across the curriculum that takes in EYFS and Y1N/AN/A
2Early language development. Closing the gap for pupils who may not achieve ARE (bottom 20%). Using best practice in feedback to secure pupil progress in reading.31st January 2024 (AM)NSPCC
Gap TaskIdentify how feedback supports progress in reading in your schoolN/AN/A
3Using poetry to support progress in reading in EYFS and Y1. Identifying best practice in transition to secure ongoing progress in reading. Your vision for early reading development.17th April 2024 (AM)NSPCC
Gap TaskSecure your vision for your school and plan for the work that needs to be done to move towards this visionN/AN/A

If you have any questions about the Early Reading Hub, please email

Reading Leaders' Network

Cost: Free for maintained schools. £160 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Leads: Jo Puttick and Mel Hendy

No. of session(s): 2 x half day sessions


These network sessions aim to provide focussed support to Reading Leaders. Each foci will be linked to evidence-based approaches in the teaching of reading, with course leaders sharing supporting models and guidance from identified areas of good practice.

Discussion and sharing of good practice will be central to each meeting so that schools with similar needs can discuss strengths and CPD approaches.

Session dates

Session 1: 10th November 2023 (AM) at NSPCC
Session 2: 15th February 2024 (AM) at NSPCC

If you have any questions about the Reading Leaders' Network, please email

English CPD 2023/24 offer from Closing the Gap

To find out about the range of English CPD on offer in the city this academic year through Closing the Gap, you can watch a recording of the launch event session here:

Further and booking information is available here: