Raising Standards Through Reading: Primary Reading Conference 2019

FREE reading network event!

Central London: Wednesday, 19 June 2019
University of Westminster (Hogg Lecture Theatre), 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS
Nearest tube station: Baker Street
Nearest rail station: Marylebone  

Trainers: Ross Montgomery (keynote speaker), Abie Longstaff (keynote speaker), Abi Steel, Siobhan Skeffington​, Dee Reid, Pauline Allen

A FREE primary conference packed with practical and inspiring ideas on how you can raise reading attainment and enjoyment in your school. 

Why attend?

Join top children’s authors and literacy experts for Raising Standards Through Reading, an exciting one-day conference that will answer your burning questions:

  • How can I encourage all children to be excited about reading and writing? Carnegie Medal nominated author and former teacher Ross Montgomery will tell you how!
  • How can I help children to overcome 'blank page syndrome'? Best-selling picture book author Abie Longstaff will discuss the tools you need to inspire children to make a story.
  • What does a successful phonics school look like?  Phonics expert Abigail Steel has top tips for improving phonics teaching and learning.
  • How can I be more creative in the classroom? Discover practical poetry and drama techniques to improve reading and language skills.
  • What’s the best way to really crack comprehension? Literacy consultant Dee Reid will provide strategies to help children become text detectives
  • How do I encourage children to become active and enthusiastic readers? Explore how to use 'think-alouds' to hook young readers, build their confidence and develop essential skills.

Raising Reading Standards is suitable for all primary teachers and senior staff and school librarians. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Conference fee: FREE! Book now to avoid disappointment!




9:00am Registration and coffee

Keynote: Reading for pleasure: how do you make children want to be readers?
Ross Montgomery (Children's Author)



Extending vocabulary with engaging activities using drama and poetry
Siobhan Skeffington
  • Discover practical and fun activities using poetry and drama 
  • Learn how vocabulary can be extended through collaborative work

Morning coffee

Reading into Writing: Finding the Author Within
Ross Montgomery

  • Put pen to paper in this 'spooky' interactive writing workshop that will look at how to create scary scenes by using sensory description, vivid vocabulary and above all – restraint!
  • Discover the perfect ways to get reluctant readers and writers excited about writing

Ten things that successful phonics schools do  
Abi Steel

  • Discover the formula for phonics success
  • Find out why maths is relevant to phonics
  • Audit your phonics provision and take your school to the next level


Keynote: Using fairytales as a springboard for reading and writing in school, and beyond.  
Abie Longstaff

  • Examine the tools needed to overcome 'blank page syndrome' and inspire children of all ages to make a story.

Active reading strategies
Pauline Allen

Reading is an action sport! Whether your current approach is whole-class or guided-group, your aim will be to hook young readers, build their confidence and develop the skills needed to make sense of texts.

  • Explore how we can make those skills more visible through the use of 'think-alouds'
  • Learn other practical and engaging strategies to support children in becoming active and enthusiastic readers

Comprehension: Helping young children become text detectives at Key Stage 1 
Dee Reid

  • Look at modelling and how to work out the clues in a text
  • Explore how to use picture books to develop the skill of inference
  • Discover fun whole class/group strategies for improving inference

3.30pm Wrap Up Remarks
3.40pm Close


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