Power of Reading 2018-19

“Children are accessing a wider range of texts across the school. Pupil’s enjoyment of reading has improved. SEN pupils are engaged within lessons – the programme is highly inclusive. Boys are involved and enjoying the texts and are reading new books.”

Year 4 teacher, Morpeth Road Primary Academy Newcastle PoR training 2017-18

Power of Reading

This whole school training project uses high quality children’s literature and proven creative teaching approaches to engage teachers and children in the literacy curriculum and develop a whole school love of reading and writing. Now in its 14th year, the Power of Reading has raised achievement in over 4000 schools and worked with 5000 teachers nationally. The Power of Reading meets all requirements of the National Curriculum.

Power of Reading in the Early Years

The Power of Reading in the Early Years brings together best practice from the Power of Reading and Early Years research. It is fully aligned with the main Power of Reading programme, so that practice is consistent throughout the school setting. Early Years practitioners will gain a clear understanding of how the approaches work best to ensure progress in early language and literacy.

Schools on the Power of Reading receive:

  • Two packs of carefully chosen children’s books for each project teacher
  • Access to a website of resources hosting over 200 teaching sequences and more than 1000 examples of practice
  • Four full training days
  • The opportunity to develop subject and pedagogical knowledge in each school’s context
  • Tools to help schools to develop classroom provision and inform a whole school approach to reading
  • Book group discussions to extend teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature
  • Opportunities to listen to and meet leading children’s authors

“PoR has motivated pupils to write. It gave them a wealth of ideas and language to includeintheir writing. There was greater engagement.”

Year 3 teacher, Rose Wood Academy

Evidence of Impact

Analysis of data has shown that Power of Reading schools:

  • Make significant progress in reading and writing, particularly with those pupils who had previously been reluctant to engage with literacy
  • Are effective in narrowing the achievement gap between boys and girls
  • Find that their children choose to read more often, at greater length and are more confident in talking about books
  • 98% of teachers said that the Power of Reading had raised reading engagement
  • 99% of teachers said the Power of Reading had raised writing engagement

(Power of Reading Evaluation 2016-17)

Power of Reading Website

The Power of Reading website houses over 200 teaching sequences as well as 1000s of classroom examples. Year-long subscriptions are included for schools on the Power of Reading training. Find out more at clpe.org.uk/powerofreading

CLPE Reading and Writing Scales

Power of Reading teachers will work with the CLPE Reading and Writing Scales. The Scales help teachers to understand what progression looks like in reading and writing and aim to help schools to provide an environment that supports the literacy development of all children. Find out more at clpe.org.uk/readingandwritingscales

Power of Reading Training Programme

  • Four full days of training spread throughout the school year
  • Headteachers and Senior Leaders are invited to the first morning and the final conference at no additional cost
  • Teachers will share and practise the Power of Reading principles in the classroom between each training day
  • Teachers will work on a school based case study to present at Inset 4

Costs for Power of Reading

One teacher (including two bookpacks and whole school website subscription)

  • £1450/£950 for additional teacher
  • 10 places for £10,000 (for school consortiums)

Training Dates

Launch Conference - Monday 5 November 2018 - 10am-4pm
INSET 1 - Monday 21 January 2019 - 10am-4pm
INSET 2 - Monday 25 March 2019 - 10am-4pm
Final Conference - Monday 8 July 2019 - 10am-4pm

Please contact John Beattie or Mariana Mouzinho on 0300 330 1095 or email learning@sevenstories.org.uk


Seven Stories, 30 Lime St, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 2PQ.