‘Closing the Literacy Gap’ Conference 29/06/17


Join us on the 29th of June 2017 for a thought-provoking and inspiring conference full of strategies to help you ‘Close the Literacy Gap’ and achieve the best outcomes for all pupils, regardless of their starting point in life.

This year’s Reading Matters conference is taking place at Bradford City Football Ground and will offer senior leaders, teachers, TAs, literacy advisors, librarians and anyone involved with children’s literacy development, a valuable CPD opportunity with a packed programme of expert speakers, engaging workshops, interesting exhibitors and professional networking.

We are delighted to have the following expert speakers:

Award-winning author Andy Seed: The power of author inspiration 

Deborah Bullivant, Director of Grimm & Co: Unleashing imagination and changing lives one story at a time

Dr Paula Clarke of the University of Leeds: Shifting the lens from decoding to language comprehension: Evidence based methods to support pupils understanding of text

Reading Matters in conjunction with two Bradford schools: Using peer mentors to raise aspirations and attainment

Rachel Van Riel of Opening the Book: Making space for reading – how to improve your physical environment to increase reader engagement

Education Consultant and Writer Matt Bromley: Closing the literacy gap

There will be six workshops available on the day. Delegates should make one choice from workshops A, B and C and another from workshops 1, 2 and 3.

Workshop A: Tom Palmer and Jane Walker of Barrington StokeRemoving barriers to reading

Workshop B: Alan Heath of Learning Solutions: Improving reading, from the bottom up!

Workshop C: Marj Newbury: Back to basics; how to lay strong phonics foundations and help struggling readers of any age

Workshop 1: Oksana Afitska, The University of Sheffield: Supporting bilingual and multilingual learners in mainstream schools

Workshop 2: Tim Perkins of Curriculum Comics: Using comics to enhance learning and close the literacy gap

Workshop 3: Professor Clare Wood: Understanding speech rhythm and how to use it to enhance reading development

Exhibitors confirmed so far are; Browns Books, Ransom, Schofield and Sims, Direct Ed, Learning Solutions, Opening the Book, Grimm & Co, First News, Oxford University Press, Madeleine Lindley Bookshop, Jolly Learning, Bradford’s Multicultural Bookshop, ReadingWise, Rising Stars, Fiction Express and Leeds for Learning.

Tickets cost just £100. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a brilliant day, full of practical ideas that you can take back to school and use to help all your pupils reach their potential.

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