Reading and English CPD

Face-to-face workshops, online webinars and in-school


We've packed the year with a range of expert-led CPD targeting key challenges that schools are facing in English and Reading. Join us for practical advice and teaching inspiration and to meet colleagues experiencing the same challenges as you.


Reading CPD

Spelling CPD

Comprehension CPD



Teaching the skill of inference

Online: Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Trainer: Dee Reid 

Empower your pupils to read between the lines and make confident conclusions based on evidence and reasoning.

  • Explore what is inference and how you can teach it effectively
  • Hear ideas for teacher demonstration of inference
  • Discover ways of scaffolding learning so pupils infer independently

Teaching whole texts for greater depth in reading and writing at KS1 and KS2

Enfield: Thursday, 17 October 2019
Presenter: Maggie McGuigan

Join primary English specialist Maggie McGuigan for this interactive one-day course which will explore how you can raise English attainment across your whole school through the study of whole books.

  • Learn about this tried and tested fully integrated approach that targets ‘greater depth’ reading and writing and improves outcomes for both
  • Explore the importance of a whole book, looking at the role of story and how it can underpin your English teaching
  • Apply this approach to your planning and teaching; during the course, you will map out a learning journey for 6 weeks of teaching

Spelling at KS2: Teaching the Statutory 200 Words

Online: Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Trainer: Dee Reid 

Join expert Dee Reid for this seminar on strategies for teaching and learning the key 200 words for National Curriculum Tests.

  • Systematic strategies for teaching these tricky words
  • Appreciate underlying spelling patterns
  • Techniques for remembering spellings

Feedback from the SATS Masterclass: Implications for Teaching and Learning 2019

Birmingham: Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Central London: Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Trainer: Steve Lomax & Abigail Steel
Price: £199 +VAT


Understand the performance outcomes of the 2019 National Tests and what strategies can be adopted in the classroom to identify and support pupils working below the expected standard

  • Hear tips for remediation of problem areas and how to re-focus in years 4-6
  • Gain top tips and guidance on planning and improving skills in 2019-20

Achieving success in the Key Stage Two Reading SATS 

London: Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Birmingham: Friday, 13 March 2020
Trainer: Julie Sargent
Price: £199 +VAT


Gain a secure understanding of national curriculum expectations for Key Stage Two reading on this practical one-day course. Reflecting on the 2019 Reading SATs, you will explore strategies to ensure reading progress from years 3-6 and gain the tools needed to ensure SATs success for all.

  • Understand how you can support all Key Stage Two pupils in achieving their potential and meeting curriculum expectations
  • Learn practical activities to teach vocabulary in context and deepen understanding
  • Discover strategies to improve reading skills and understanding, looking at fluency and stamina

Raising standards for reluctant readers from Key Stage One to Key Stage Two

Birmingham: Thursday, 7 November 2019
Central London: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Trainer: Abigail Steel
Price: £199 +VAT


How do you turn even the most reluctant pupil into a confident and engaged reader? During this one-day course, reading expert Abigail Steel will explain how, providing you with the skills and understanding to improve your whole school reading provision for lower attainers in Key Stage One and Two.

  • Upskill your subject knowledge to better understand the technical and psychological processes behind learning to read and becoming a reader
  • Take away a comprehensive toolkit full of practical resources for auditing, planning, teaching and tracking reading provision for reluctant readers
  • Discover practical strategies to embed a real life-long love for reading for all

 If you would like a specific course tailored to your requirements and delivered in your school, please send us an INSET request by emailing


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