Power of Reading 2017-18: Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

  • 9th Mar 2018
  • Multiple
  • Literacy
  • Spaces
  • Primary
  • Leadership, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum

Power of Reading

The Power of Reading is a school development project which engages teachers and children in the literacy curriculum through using high quality books and proven teaching approaches.

The project offers multi-layered professional development drawing on CLPE's highly regarded classroom-based research and experience of working with teachers. It combines an introduction to outstanding books for teachers and children with an approach to teaching the English curriculum that is creative, engaging and develops a love of literacy.

This successful project is entering its 13th year and has worked nationally with over 3000 schools and 4500 teachers in 50 Local Authorities. The Power of Reading is fully aligned to and meets all requirements of the National Curriculum 2014.

Schools on the Power of Reading Project receive:

  • Two packs of carefully chosen children's books for each project teacher

  • Access to an exceptional and inspiring website of resources containing teaching sequences for over 150 books and more than 1000 examples of practice from Power of Reading schools

  • Four full training days

  • The opportunity to develop subject and pedagogical knowledge within each school's context

  • Tools to help schools to develop classroom and school provision to inform a whole school approach to reading

  • Book group discussions to extend teachers' knowledge of children's literature

  • Opportunities to listen to and meet leading children's authors.

"Congratulations to you for your Power of Reading project. I cannot remember a time when a team of teachers have returned to school so enthused, inspired and optimistic."

**Head Teacher, 2015-2016 project

"The Power of Reading website is fantastic! So many great resources on there - teaching sequences, classroom packs - it provides all the support you need for this project."** Project Teacher, 2014-2015

The Power of Reading is a four day school development project which engages teachers and children in the literacy curriculum through using high quality books and proven teaching approaches. This project group will run from CLPE Centre in London.

The project offers multi-layered professional development drawing on CLPE’s highly regarded classroom-based research and experience of working with teachers. It combines an introduction to outstanding books for teachers and children with an approach to teaching the English curriculum that is creative, engaging and develops a love of literacy.

This successful project is in its 12th year and has worked nationally with over 2500 schools and 4000 teachers in 50 Local Authorities.

The Power of Reading is fully aligned to and meets all requirements of the National Curriculum 2014.

Schools on the Power of Reading Project receive:

two packs of carefully chosen children’s books for each project teacher (20 books per teacher) whole school access to an exceptional and inspiring website of resources with teaching sequences for all Power of Reading books past and present, exemplification of all the teaching approaches, examples of good practice and children’s work four days of training in pedagogical content knowledge which will directly support literacy practice in class classroom based research to support implementation and understand the impact on progress headteachers or senior leaders invited to the first and last sessions an audit of classroom/school provision and support to develop a whole school approach to reading discussion through book groups to raise teachers’ knowledge of children’s books opportunities to listen to and meet leading children’s authors Website access will commence on the launch day of the project

The training has been fully updated:

  • The Launch Conference references the latest research and Ofsted guidance
  • Interactive INSET sessions work with new teaching sequences and texts to explore a wider range of teaching approaches
  • The new CLPE Reading and Writing scales have been introduced to help teachers strengthen formative assessment, understand a child’s journey to becoming literate and support progress for every child
  • New exciting texts have been added to every collection
  • A newly relaunched website with new content and whole school access to teaching sequences for all Power of Reading texts

Evidence of impact:

Analysis of data from the project schools has shown that children in Power of Reading schools make outstanding progress in reading and writing. Our research shows that the project is particularly effective in narrowing the achievement gap between boys and girls and significant for those who have been previously reluctant to engage with literacy.*

Children are:

  • Choosing to read more often and at greater length
  • Keen to read more challenging books
  • More confident and knowledgeable in talking about books
  • Willing to seek out deeper meanings in text
  • Showing greater enjoyment and achievement in writing.

Summary of research:

  • in project schools children in all year groups have made nearly twice national expected progress in reading and writing. In the project schools the increased rate of progress for boys has narrowed the attainment gap between boys and girls. Project data shows children are developing more positive attitudes to reading
  • teachers are using creative teaching approaches to engage learners in the literacy curriculum
  • teachers’ deeper knowledge of children’s books, combined with innovative teaching approaches, increases children’s enjoyment of reading and writing and raises achievement

  • See more at: https://www.clpe.org.uk/professional-development/courses/power-reading#sthash.7LuOSJ0M.dpuf

Power of Reading Peterborough Dates 2017-18

Launch conference for head teachers (morning only) and project teachers (whole day) 17th November 2017 10.00am - 4.00pm

INSET 1 for project teachers 9th March 2018 10.00am - 4.00pm

INSET 2 for project teachers 11th May 2018 10.00am - 4.00pm

Final Conference for head teachers and project teachers Friday 8th June 2018 10.00am - 4.00pm

Cost For two project teacher places per school: £2,300

Cost for one project teacher place per school: £1450.00

Here are some quotes from last years' cohort of schools:

PoR Peterborough – selected feedback:

HEADTEACHERS:

“The quality of language in KS1 has improved along with grammatical accuracy. Pupils enjoy the texts” St. Marys’ (St.Neots)

“We have always promoted a love of reading, but involvement in the Power f Reading project has had a significant impact on our curriculum and fired up the children’s enthusiasm. They have been enthusiastic about texts and as a result produced some amazing work” Orton Wistow Primary School

“Recent internal and academy monitoring has commented on the writing and there is evidence of writing at length. Quality of vocabulary is evident on working walls and in children’s speeh” Park Lane Primary

“ Teachers have been given ownership to be creative in their teaching style. It has renewed their enthusiasm for teaching reading and writing”. Alderman Jacobs Primary

TEACHERS:

“Our whole English teaching is now book-centred. It has influenced teaching style to be very cross-curricular. It has inspired writing and reading comprehension”. Year 6 Malcolm Sargent School

“Children’s progress in writing especially is phenomenal this year for Year 1. They apply wider vocabulary as well as being more creative in their writing” Brewster Avenue Infant School

“Literacy was becoming compartmentalised into sections, but now I am thinking about it much more holistically again – whole class guided reading, reading aloud etc. Also talking time over a book gets better results with more emphasis on art and drama”. Year 5/6 Eynesbury CE Primary School

“I have loved this course, it has been so inspirational in my teaching and I enjoy teaching literacy a lot more now. The children and I really like using one text for the whole term and I have seen great improvements in their writing” Year 5/6 Eynesbury CE Primary School

“it has allowed me to plan in greater depth the writing opportunities before the final longer piece of writing” Year 2 Park Lane Primary School

“I now have a greater knowledge of authors that produce high quality text” Year 2 Park Lane Primary School

“The children are more enthusiastic and parents are more engaged with reading” All Saints’ Primary School

“I now start with a high quality text rather than with a theme and then look for a book that fits” Year 1 Alderman Jacobs Primary

“All children could confidently talk about the impact and their learning from doing the Power of Reading” Year 1 Alderman Jacobs Primary

“It has motivated children to take control over their writing through using specially selected grammar, punctuation and vocabulary for the effect rather than box ticking”. Year 5 Signhills Academy

“This has been inspirational training with quality resources and materials. The impact across our school has been amazing – particularly with engagement and motivation.” Reception /Year 1 John Clare Primary

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Time / Venue
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INSET 1
9th Mar 2018
10:00am - 04:00pm
Available
INSET 2
11th May 2018
10:00am - 04:00pm
Available
Final Conference
8th Jun 2018
10:00am - 04:00pm
Available