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Developing Comprehension through Guided Reading across KS2



Thursday 4th February 2021  1pm - 3pm 




£50 per delegate

Many teachers use guided reading to teach and develop reading in their KS2 classes but how can we ensure that guided reading is used effectively as a teaching tool to develop, secure and embed readers’ key skills and strategies towards independent application?

This course will look at the elements of reading comprehension that KS2 pupils need to acquire and then the principals of guided reading as an effective teaching tool to scaffold pupils’ development of these strategies and skills. The various approaches to guided reading will be explored to consider how these may be used effectively to teach and develop pupils’ reading.

Participants will:

  • develop an understanding of the elements of reading comprehension and the strategies and skills needed for pupils to understand and enjoy their reading
  • consider the range of approaches to guided reading and how they can be used effectively to meet learners’ needs across KS2
  • discuss the use of quality, focused questioning in guided reading
  • explore the development of meaningful discussion within guided reading sessions
  • acquire practical ideas and resources for use back in school
  • Trainer

    As an experienced English consultant, Susie Spolander works with schools, partnerships and trusts to develop and improve all aspects of English across the primary age range. Using her knowledge of the curriculum, assessment and effective teaching and learning practices, she successfully supports many schools and teachers to improve outcomes for their pupils. During her 20+ year career in Education, Susie has enjoyed classroom teaching, as well as holding a range of senior leadership posts. Prior to establishing her own consultancy business, she worked as an English Consultant for Oxfordshire County Council’s School Improvement Service. Susie has written, developed and led a wide variety of training events, programmes and projects to address current local and national educational priorities. She is also an accredited trainer for several reading intervention programmes. In recognition of her work, Susie has been awarded the Gold Quality Mark for Professional Development by the London Institute of Education.

    Susie is passionate about finding innovative ways to inspire teachers and engage learners. Her training is of high quality: rooted in the curriculum, with evidence-based practice alongside creative teaching and learning approaches. Susie believes in a bespoke approach to school support, working alongside school leaders, class teachers and support staff to develop practice through a range of leadership and classroom-based strategies, always precisely tailored to the identified needs of the school.

    Susie provides training, resources and school support in partnership with local and national organisations, such as Quest for Learning, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance and Oxford University Press.