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18 February 2020
Leading the Way in Literacy Education

Leading the Way in Literacy Education

The amazing Jessica Wells, school improvement advisor at TWHF, and Russell Goodman, English lead at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, were recently invited to speak at an education conference in Gloucester entitled ‘Creating Riveted Readers: Inspiring a Reading Culture’.

At The White Horse Federation, we provide our schools with high-quality pedagogical expertise to help them deliver innovative and effective teaching. We are delighted that Ms Wells and Mr Goodman were invited to this conference, recognising the excellent work being carried out at Rodbourne Cheney and within the trust as a whole.

At the conference, Ms Wells and Mr Goodman spoke in more detail about a particular teaching method that has been instituted at a number of schools in The White Horse Federation. They focused on a reading approach that links reading and writing together within a teaching sequence.

After outlining this sequence, Russell and Jess expanded on the importance of ‘pre-phase reading’, which involves giving pupils the background knowledge they need before they begin to read the main class text.

They followed this by giving examples from its implementation at Rodbourne Cheney, so that teachers in the audience could potentially follow the method in their own classrooms.

As part of the conference, feedback was gathered from the attendees. Among a host of positive responses, one member of the audience commented that the talk presented a “genuinely innovative approach”. Another wrote: “fascinating, so good to see a proper phased approach to acquiring skills”.

At The White Horse Federation, we are always looking to drive innovation in teaching at our schools. We are very fortunate to work with amazing and enthusiastic staff like Ms Wells and Mr Goodman.

Everyone at the federation is delighted that Ms Wells and Mr Goodman’s talk was such a resounding success!

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