Reading is Everybody's Business

How do you ensure reading is prioritised in every subject so that all children can fully access the whole curriculum ensuring a good quality of education?

Date Venue Places Price
Wed 22 Apr 2020 9.00am - 4.00pm
Wed 29 Apr 2020 9.00am - 4.00pm
Wed 06 May 2020 9.00am - 4.00pm
Barlow Hall Primary School

Barlow Hall Primary School

Darley Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, Greater Manchester M21 7JG

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20 places available £500.00


Barlow Hall has developed a very successful programme of reading support over a three year period, funded by the Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF).

Outcomes: 90 out of 100 pupils doubled their rate of progress with this intervention.

70% had accelerated progress  above their chronological age

76% closed the gap to age related expectations.

This intervention successfully supported schools to build a school wide system so that all teachers became teachers of reading.

What is the training ?

 GROW@KS3 is a literacy intervention designed to support high schools in improving literacy levels in children working at lower levels in Year 7 and above.

This key training package is for the Reading Lead to build subject knowledge and for wider staff to expand implementation to more children is Grow@KS3.

GROW@KS3: is a reading, writing and oracy training programme which will enable teachers and support staff to build their own knowledge and ability to deliver a specific teaching programme to some of the most vulnerable readers.

About GROW@KS3 

  • Audience is low literacy attaining Y7 students (=/< NCL3)
  • Students are taught individually or in groups up to 3
  • Lessons take place a minimum of 3 times each week & last 30-45 mins
  • Lessons are taught by specially trained GROW@KS3practitioners who may be teachers, librarians or HLTAs
  • A 10 week initial period is suggested; 20 weeks is max.
  • The GOAL – independent & highly motivated learners whose literacy improves every time they read and write!

The GOAL – independent & highly motivated learners whose literacy improves every time they read and write!


What you will learn

The Initial Professional Development (IPD) three-day course for GROW@KS3 includes training on:

  • literacy assessment
  • reading and comprehension
  • working on words
  • talk for writing and guided writing

The course is accredited by the Institute of Education and will be delivered at Barlow Hall Primary School for the Manchester area. A high level of pedagogical skill on the part of practitioners is assumed during the professional development in order that students who may have become passive or negative are taught successfully. Schools benefit considerably from having two people undertake the course, so a discount for second participants from the same school is available.


Who is it for?

Teachers and TAs involved in teaching literacy groups in Year 7 and above. 


About your course leader

Fiona Botterill

Fiona Botterill is a Teacher Leader for Reading Recovery. Her specialism is in designing bespoke school improvement packages for all aspects of literacy. Fiona can train new Reading Recovery teachers and provide continuing professional programmes for existing Reading Recovery teachers so that they can maintain their licence for Reading Recovery.