Expertise in reading
We believe that teaching staff should be early reading experts so that any child not keeping up can benefit from knowledge of early reading strategies and support. We understand that it is vital to give everyone regular, high-quality INSET in order for all staff to be Reading Experts. These are the things we offer to ensure staff have the relevant expertise to make Reading a number one priority:
- Half-termly Reading staff meetings delivered by the English Subject Leader, focussing on Early Reading skills and key aspects of Reading.
- Teaching staff, including Teaching Assistants receive reading and phonics training as and when required. This may include in-house training or external training depending on the needs of the staff.
- The Headteacher and Deputy Head Teacher/Literacy all monitor guided reading and phonics sessions and conduct pupil conferencing to ensure agreed approaches and consistency are applied across the school.
- The reading lead monitors reading and offers guidance to staff with follow up actions. Lesson drop-ins and Learning Walks by the school SENDCo, observing those pupils who struggle with reading and giving feedback to the adults involved with them.
- Communication of new strategies and ideas regularly shared by the Literacy Lead.
- Newly and Recently Qualified teachers have regular opportunities to observe and learn from other teachers.
- TA and HLTA meetings with the Headteacher.
- Monitoring of Reading Skills in literacy books.
- Support with planning lessons given by the Subject Leader.
- English lead attends bi-annual Literacy Networks
- Governors are fully informed of all staff training agendas and any identified training needs.
- A designated Literacy Governor monitors reading.