More about Early Reading

Early Reading in the new Ofsted Framework

For several years I have delivered the Introduction to Letters and Sounds course for teachers and TAs and this year I have slightly re-named it Early Reading; an introduction to Letters and Sounds.

A new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) will be introduced from September 2019. As a main inspection activity, inspectors will focus upon ‘…early reading and how well pupils are taught to read.’

St Oswald’s Primary Academy recently had a B11 inspection during which they were rigorously assessed on their provision for the teaching of phonics and children’s engagement with, and understanding of stories, non-fiction, poems and rhymes. We learnt a lot from the process.

In view of the above I have decided to offer another module to complement the Letters and Sounds course Early Reading; engaging with stories, poems and non-fiction

The course will be similar in structure to the recently delivered New (or not) to Reception and New (or not) to Year 1 courses but will feature new texts which delegates will able to take away with them.

During this course we will follow a sequence developed staff at Holycroft Primary and St Joseph’s Keighley – Prediction – Understanding  – Writing using quality texts and immersive ideas to develop a rich and rewarding reading experience.


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For leaders, I have prepared a simple audit tool based upon the new framework to allow colleagues to  analyse how well their schools are prepared for the Early Reading aspect of the inspection framework and their Early Reading provision generally.

This is not just about Ofsted; far from it. We will also look at the EEF research documents, Preparing for Literacy and Improving Literacy in KS1.

But most of all, it about supporting teachers to inspire children’s reading through quality texts.