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Reading comprehension

At the heart of reading is its purpose: we read for meaning. Reading for both information and also to connect to and experience texts are lifelong skills. Back to literacy areas

Research and policy

vision for literacyChildren and Young People's Reading in 2015
Findings from our sixth annual literacy survey of 32,569 young people aged eight to 18.

The Impact of Ebooks on Reading Motivation and Skills

Vision for Literacy 2025
As part of the National Literacy Forum, we set out our policy recommendations to enhance literacy development. 

CPD and workshops

Boy readingRaising Standards in Reading Comprehension
In response to the challenges presented by the Key Stage 2 SATS we have developed a new programme to help teachers develop strategies to improve reading comprehension.

Improving Boys' Literacy
Explore the evidence around boys' underachievement, learn to use your results to select intervention strategies and develop and implement an action research project. 

GCSE Literacy Requirements workshop
A course to understand the literacy expectations across all subjects under the new GCSE specifications.

Programmes and further support

Boots and ballSkills Academy
Our secondary reading intervention gets your students in Key Stage 3 reading and learning amazing freestyle football tricks at the same time!


Literacy for Life
Designed to reduce the attainment gap between FSM students and non-FSM students by addressing the key language and literacy deficit that many disadvantaged students bring to secondary school.

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Literacy Guide for Schools 2016/17

In line with policy, informed by research, inspired by good practice.

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Annual Literacy Review 2016/17

Review your current literacy provision and develop an action plan for moving forward.

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