Join us for this FREE online celebration of reading!

Online: Monday 27th September - Thursday 30th September 2021 (daily from 3.15pm-5.30pm BST)
Price: FREE

Why Join?

We’ve joined up with the National Literacy Trust, a team of top authors, leading literacy experts and experienced teachers to bring the Festival of Reading 2021 to you.

Sign up now for this FREE online event that will be packed with practical and inspiring ideas on how you can raise reading attainment and enjoyment in your schools.

Taking place between Monday 27th September and Thursday 30th September 2021 (daily from 3.15pm-5.30pm), this exciting four-day conference is your chance to hear useful talks, take part in interactive sessions and get your burning questions answered.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend all sessions as we’ll be providing session recordings after the conference. Just make sure you sign up to receive them.

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Programme

Monday, 27th September

Time

Speaker

Talk

3.15pm 

Ross Montgomery

How reading aloud to your class can help inspire their own writing

Creating imaginary fantasy worlds and describing them using vivid sensory language

4.00pm

Emily Weston and Scott Evans

Reading in Action: Case Studies

4.45pm

Jim Sells, Programme Manager - National Literacy Trust

Working with Sports Stars: Rashford, Sterling, Kane

How sport – not just football – gives permission for young people to ‘become’ readers, as they discover that reading is relevant to their lives, comes in a rich variety and helps them to achieve their goals.

Tuesday 28th September

Time

Speaker

Talk

3.15pm

Teresa Cremin

Motivating young readers: Building reading communities

By building a reading community, you can accommodate students with different preferences, reading styles, and strengths. During this talk, Teresa will explore how to build your own in order to motivate young readers.

4.00pm

Abigail Steel

Phonics and reading for pleasure: Are they mutually exclusive?

4.45pm

National Literacy Trust

Reading for pleasure on and with screens

Build your knowledge and understanding and explore how evidence shows positive links between the use of apps and screens and reading for pleasure.

Wednesday, 29th September

Time

Speaker

Talk

3.15pm

Cheryl Palin

Reading for pleasure and wellbeing

4.00pm

Abigail Steel

Phonics and recapturing the joy of teaching children to read

4.45pm

Lucy Starbuck Braidley, Programme Manager- National Literacy Trust

Richard Ruddick, Year 6 teacher - The Avenue Junior School

 

Comics in the classroom 

Lucy and Richard take you through their graphic novel recommendations and practical ideas for using comics to support reading in your classroom

Thursday, 30th September

Time

Speaker

Talk

3.15pm

Cheryl Palin

Growing a growth mindset with books

4.00pm

Panel:  Tony Bradman, Marcelle Akita, Bali Rai, Sarah Cheung Johnson and Annie Dobbie

Seeing myself in a book: The importance of diversity in learning to read

4.45pm

Fiona Evans, Director of Schools and Henrietta Roberts, Project Manager - National Literacy Trust

Develop reading for pleasure: exploring different motivations for the everyday classroom.

Explore how to motivate your young people to read more and increase their reading stamina.

 

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