Guided Reading in KS3

KS3: Improving reading standards in every subject through Guided Reading

Date Venue Places Price
Wed 24 Jun 2020 9.00am - 12.00pm Barlow Hall Primary School

Barlow Hall Primary School

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

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20 places available £90.00


Overview: What is it?

The session aims to:  

  •   raise awareness of reading strengths and challenges for Year 6 students going into Year 7 to support transition
  •   identify a starting point to help embed and extend progress in reading at KS3
  •   continue to support a whole school approach in the teaching and learning of reading at KS3
  •   support attendees to feel confident with the lesson structure of Guided Reading and ready to implement for identified groups either within or outside the classroom

During the session, there will be opportunities to:

  •   Discuss challenges for raising reading standards at KS3
  •   Observe a live lesson at the mirrored screen of Year 6 guided reading to identify real strengths and challenges in teaching and learning.
  •   Experience the structure of a guided reading lesson and the purpose of the lesson sequence
  •   Build on subject knowledge of reading to inform classroom support in different curriculum subjects
  •   Observe a guided reading lesson in an Upper KS2 classroom
  •   Plan a text introduction with colleagues to help transfer approach back in school context
  •   Discuss the potential impact of guided reading on oracy and writing


Highlighted importance of reading in the classroom.  Identified areas I need to develop e.g. looking out for ‘trick' of the text. An eye-opening session!” (High School Reading Lead)

“Seeing lots of different approaches taken to really see progress of reading.  Confidence of pupils through asking deepening questions.  Improving the hook aspect of a lesson and structured feedback.” (EAL Teacher)

“The observation was invaluable and helped put everything into perspective” (History Teacher)


What you will learn

What can we learn from guided reading to support students to engage in reading demands in every subject at KS3? How can we embed and extend reading progress from KS2 to KS3 in preparation for KS4?

What is guided reading?  Structured teaching of groups at differentiated levels to maximise progress in reading.  Texts are at instructional level (90-95% accuracy) to ensure challenge and teaching points. Teaching for a combination of deeper understanding of text and improving the efficiency of independent reading and problem-solving.


Who is it for?

Who is it for?  High School teachers from a range of subjects, SENCOs and TAs as appropriate to each schools need.  Past attendees have included teachers of: English, Science, Geography, History, RE and Special School class teachers


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.


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