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Supporting the lowest 20% readers – Virtual (Zoom)

24th January 2023

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Supporting the lowest 20% readers CPD, reading courses for schools, developing reading

The current OFSTED Inspection Framework has a clear focus on the lowest 20% of readers, with a mandatory deep dive into early reading and reading in primary schools. Reading – and phonics – will also be a significant area of a secondary school inspection too!

There is an expectation that reading is a high priority for all schools so that all pupils become fluent, confident readers. This course focuses all aspects of the reading curriculum and provides practical guidance and resources to support the lowest 20%.

  • OFSTED Deep Dives – Early reading and whole school priorities
  • Developing an outstanding Reading Culture
  • Barriers many children have to reading
  • Working with parents
  • Progression of reading skills and behaviours
  • Recent research outcomes about reading for your most vulnerable readers
  • The importance of understanding Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary to develop comprehension

This course is aimed at:

  • Teachers
  • English leads
  • Senior leaders

This course is for the whole day from 9.30 am until 3.30 pm and there will be activities for delegates to complete plus useful resources for use in the classroom.

9.30 am – 3.30 pm

I found the course extremely useful. The facts and figures contributed to the understanding of where reading is challenging for some. I liked the slides, which were easy to read and useful as print outs and the delivery and anecdotes made the course more fun. The opportunity to share ideas was also good and having a chance to try out some of the activities also made the course more engaging.

Caroline Pini St Edward's Primary Supporting the lowest 20% with reading 02/10/2022

This course was very informative. The trainer, John, provided very valuable information about OFSTED deep dives and how to promote reading across the school. In addition, the course leader presented the information in a very clear way. I was able to reflect on things that I could implement in my school. The vocabulary aspect was very interesting. The entire course was very enlightening. Thank you for this training.

Nicola Reynolds Mulberry Trust Lowest 20% of readers 30/01/2023

Such a brilliant course. Very current and relevant to my role. Great ideas and John was very helpful. Look forward to attending another one of John's courses in the future!

Salma Ali Crocketts Community Primary School Supporting the lowest 20% with reading 02/10/2022


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Course leader

John Musgrave Bolanos

  • Experienced Headteacher – NPQH (2006)
  • 26+ years education experience – teaching and leadership
  • Data analyst
  • Languages advisor
  • EYFS/Primary/Secondary/16-19 advisor
  • Change management consultant
  • Curriculum specialist
  • School governor 25 years
  • Safeguarding specialist
  • Experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Autism curriculum designer – Engagement Model
  • Inclusion and SEND specialist

Click here to find out more about John’s experience and the training opportunities he provides.

JMB Education John

If you are interested in any of our courses as a twilight meeting, INSET or staff meetings for your school, please get in touch – contact john@jmbeducation.com for details.

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