Previous Network Events

Catch-up on valuable CPD events from the past year.

'Perparing for Phonics Screening'

Run on the 3rd May 2023

'Personalising Support through Coaching and Mentoring'

Run on the 25th January 2023

'Digital Tools to Support the Teaching of Reading'

Run on the 16th November 2022

'Overlapping Worlds - Reading Writing'

Run on the 19th October 2022

'Setting the Tone – Developing a Reading Culture'

Run on the 27th September 2022

The call will be an opportunity for informal advice and discussions with one of the Cornerstone literacy specialists. 

'Winning them over: Overcoming struggles in parent engagement'

Run on the 23rd May 2022

‘Parental engagement has a positive impact on average of 4 months’ additional progress. It is crucial to consider how to engage with all parents to avoid widening attainment gaps.’ – Educational Endowment Fund 

This session will look at both quick-wins and long-term strategic decisions that will develop a culture of parental engagement with reading.


'Accurate Assessment Preparing for the Phonics Screening Check'

Run on the 27th April 2022

After two years of disruption, this session will provide an opportunity for teachers to ask questions about running the statutory phonics screening check, as well as how to make sure that you make the best use of the last few weeks.


'When are they ready - Nursery Phonics'

Run on the 30th March 2022

Nursery phonics teaching can be a controversial topic. This session will provide a rationale for when, why and how phonics should be taught in the nursery.


'Quality Time: Coaching and Mentoring for Catchup'

Run on the 12th January 2022

A key element of phonics and effective reading teaching is one-to-one coaching and mentoring. But, what does this look like in reality? How should sessions be structured? How can they be timetabled. This session takes a practical look at strategies for ensuring that pupils are coached effectively.


'Making the Most of Nursery'

Run on the 14th July 2021

How can schools collaborate with their feeder nurseries to best effect? How can schools with integrated nurseries use them to support the teaching of early reading? This session will give some practical thoughts on both of these questions.


'Making Accurate Assessments'

Run on the 10th May 2021

Any effective early reading strategy is underpinned by regular accurate assessment. This session, led by Tonia, Hannah and Sarah, looks at the way in which a school should approach cycles of assessment, as well as what they should assess.


'Making Great Readers into Great Writers'

Run on the 17th March 2021

Few children write at a better standard than they read, however it is not a given that children who are great readers will become great writers. This session explores practical ideas for how we can immerse pupils in texts that intentionally shape writing for the better.


'Just right! Helping children to choose the perfect word for the moment'

Run on the 8th February 2021

Typically, while schools find it easier to teach basic and technical vocabulary, teaching high frequency words that occur across domains of language can be a trickier task. This session gives practical ideas for how to bridge the gap.


>'Mobilising the Lowest 20%'

Run on the 30th September 2020

Identifying children falling behind and ensuring catch up and coaching is a high priority within any phonics programme. This session will tackle how to ensure quality first teaching, as well as how to follow up on those who do not make progress, with the intention of mobilising learners in the bottom 20% to achieve.


'Rebooting Reluctant Readers'

Run on the 5th November 2020

Many children in our schools are returning from an extended period away from school and from books to read. For some, this will have broken good habits in reading, or reinforced a lack of engagement with texts. This session will be a practical online workshop, full of practical ideas for reengaging our reluctant readers.


'Ensuring a strong start to next year'

Run on the 2nd July 2020

Making a strong start to the reading journey requires a great deal of commitment and hard work. How do we keep up the momentum to avoid that progress is not lost? This session is focused on ensuring that pupils and staff finish strong!


'Developing the role of the reading lead'

Run on the 10th June 2020

What skills and knowledge does an effective reading lead need? This is a session focused on how a reading leader is pivotal in avoiding poor outcomes and supporting teachers to deliver the high-quality reading education.

'Reaching the lowest 20%'

Run on the 19th May 2020

Identifying children who are falling behind is key to good progress. How do we ensure that all lessons are of a high standard to reduce the number of children needing extra support?