Watch back: Ideas to help pupils become skilled and confident readers

This webinar offered practical advice and ideas for how primary and secondary schools can use assessment and classroom practice to improve pupils’ reading skills, including lessons learned from senior leaders in schools.
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The Department for Education’s Reading Framework reminds us that a child who struggles with reading will struggle to fully access the curriculum or develop essential communication skills.

And we know from previous OECD research (2011) that reading for pleasure is the biggest indicator of a child's educational success, more so than their parent's socio-economic status.

However, research conducted by Renaissance and GL Assessment for their Turning the page report , published in April, revealed that 84% of teachers admit to sometimes feeling at a loss as to how to help struggling readers.

Teachers involved in the research also estimate that a third of their pupils are weak readers, with a quarter of these children regularly being taken out of lessons to improve their reading – missing an average of 2.5 hours of curriculum time a week (adding up to 16 days a year).

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