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BookQuest - a reading support programme



Tuesday 21st September 2021  9.30pm - 2.30pm

Tuesdsay 19th October 2021  9.30am - 11.30am




£195 for first delegate and permission to use programme. £95 for each additional delegate from the same school.

An opportunity for schools to train Teaching Assistants to deliver Quest for Learning's highly successful KS2 reading support programme. 

BookQuest is a proven reading support programme developed by Oxfordshire education charity Quest for Learning in collaboration with education experts.

BookQuest is designed specifically to support those children in Key Stage 2 who have grasped the basics of reading, but lack the all-important comprehension skills and motivation to read.  These pupils may have gaps in their literacy skills or may be underachieving because of individual difficulties

Designed to be delivered to small groups, BookQuest utilises a wide range of approaches, which aim to spark a love of reading, boost motivation and expand comprehension skills. Activities based around carefully chosen, high-quality, texts grab children’s imagination and allow them to become immersed in the text.

Children who have participated in BookQuest have made up to 41 months progress in reading comprehension over a period of just six weeks and also benefit from a significant boost in confidence and self-esteem, finding themselves better able to participate in class, improving both their overall learning outcomes and their future life chances. 

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Course content 

This one and a half day training course will fully equip participants with the understanding and skills required to deliver the BookQuest support programme effectively in their school.  

They will: 

  • Understand how the BookQuest programme can support children struggling with literacy. 
  • Explore ways of engaging children with literature using creative teaching approaches.  
  • Learn ways of developing pupils’ reading comprehension skills. 
  • Understand how the BookQuest approach can expand pupils’ vocabulary and spoken language through the exploration of quality texts. 
  • Become familiar with the BookQuest handbook, including example texts, planning templates, possible sessions structures and creative approaches to texts. 
  • Learn how the BookQuest core texts can be used for whole class literacy work. 

Course structure: 

This course will be delivered over two sessions. 

The first, full day, session will provide a detailed breakdown of the BookQuest support programme enabling participants to gather resources and put their training into practice when the return to school. 

The second half-day session, which takes place five weeks after the initial training, will provide participants with the opportunity to reflect together on how their teaching has progressed and consider what additional steps can be taken to strengthen or extend their BookQuest teaching. 

You will receive in advance all the handouts and resources for you to fully participate and, during the session, participation tools will be used such as practical activities, breakout groups for discussion and opportunities for questions throughout. 

This course is suitable for KS2 teachers and teaching assistants. As the programme is designed to be delivered to small groups, we suggest it is most suitable for teaching assistants or SEND/Literacy coordinators. 

The price is £195 for the school's first delegate and includes permission to use the programme in school. Additional delegates from the same school will be charged at ££95 each.  

  • Trainer

    Tamzin Einon is QFL's Head of Teaching, and since joining the charity in 2017, has developed and updated the BookQuest reading support programme and regularly delivers training to the the charity's expanding team of tutors, as well as to staff from schools across Oxfordshire. She also continues to deliver the BookQuest programme in schools, so has a first-hand knowledge of how it works in practice.

    Prior to joining the charity, Tamzin worked in the primary sector for many years, following her training at Oxford Brookes University.  She has experience of teaching across the primary age range, most recently in KS1, where her passion for early literacy and numeracy development grew.  During her time as a class teacher, she witnessed the profound effect specialised 1:1 and small group teaching could have on children experiencing difficulties developing their key skills and is happy to be involved in this approach as Quest for Learning’s Head of Teaching, as well as working as a tutor.  Tamzin feels privileged to have had a lifelong love of reading instilled in her at a very early age and is excited about having the opportunity to pass this love on to others.