Jul 2017
Inspiring Reading for All - Next Steps with the Reading Journey Conference

On 6th July 2017 Primary Headteachers, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Governors and also DMBC Education Services attended the Inspiring Reading for All event at Doncaster Racecourse.


The day ran smoothly and was enjoyed by all.  After what has been and continues to be a testing time for our schools, we ensured the day was light-hearted, fun, relaxed, yet thought provoking and of course, inspiring.


Children from each year group at Town Field Primary School opened the conference with a reading of Tuesday by David Wiesner.  This highlighted how reading changes and develops through key stages, from nursery up to year 6. 


Key note speakers held everyone’s attention.  Jason Vit the Literacy Hub Manager for The National Literacy Trust talked us through Reading and Life Chances.  He explained that reading is not just about books, reading and the classroom, it is also about health statistics and misinterpretation.  Did you know that people who can read live longer, healthier and happier lives?


Charlotte Hacking from CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) addressed the audience on Developing an Outstanding Reading Culture in your School.  This followed on exceptionally well from Jason Vit.  As Charlotte described “Jason had explained the science behind the problem and now we can look at putting the medicine in to cure the disease”.  Reading grows with you, look at the environment you are reading in.  Encourage reading, read aloud to the children.  Find books that represent the child, this will peak their interest and get them engaged.


Delegates were given the opportunity to attend two workshops and to peruse the market place.  This consisted of a variation of book publishers and services available to schools.


As the day drew to a close, momentum was still going strong.  We were receiving feedback as people were already beginning to reflect “fantastic, loved it” “Brilliantly Inspiring” “I’m going to try this”.


We were delighted that Author Anne Fine was on hand to sign books.  Anne also closed the day with her presentation Helping Them Fly.  It was extremely interesting to hear an author’s view about books and how they can become interpreted or misinterpreted along the way. 


If you have any ideas or suggestions about how you would benefit from training centred around reading, please contact us.