Reading for Pleasure 1.5 day course

Provider: National Literacy Trust
£350.00 (no VAT on this item) for the first participant per school
£250.00 (no VAT on this item) for additional participants
Accreditation opportunities: Can work towards Literacy Leadership accreditation from Exeter University

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Description Embedding a love of reading in your classroom can be transformative to your pupils' academic success. This course explores the link between a love of reading and attainment and will help you drive an improved reading culture across your school.
Duration The training takes place over one and an half days, with the option of an one day course and three day course also available.

National Literacy Trust's website
Categories Primary, Secondary, Teaching and Learning, KS1, KS2, KS3, English / Literacy, Management, Teaching staff, CPD Leader, Subject Knowledge
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Reading for enjoyment is an important aspect of literacy and can impact on attainment in other areas too. This course addresses a variety of issues within the area and helps teachers develop strategies for creating a culture of reading across the school through a research project and evaluation.

This training will help you to:

  • engage with research and understand the benefits for your pupils of reading for enjoyment.
  • examine a range of approaches, including choosing and using whole texts.
  • develop an action plan for creating a community of readers in your school.
  • implement this plan as an action research project, involving critical reflection and evidence gathering to share with the group.
  • plan for embedding these successful approaches more widely across your school.
Evidence underpinning this approach

There is strong evidence to show that reading for pleasure is a vital part of a young person's development. Research tell us children who embrace reading and books for their own enjoyment benefit in ways that lead to increased attainment in all areas of learning. Reading for pleasure has been shown to 

  • increase confidence in speaking
  • improve vocabulary
  • widen experience and understanding
  • develop other interests and imagination
  • improve wriing
  • improve thinking skills
  • enable independent learning


  1. Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011 showed that:
    Children in English who had higher levels of enjoyment in reading had higher average achievement than their peers.
  2. IOE Study - Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading, 2013 found that:
    Children who read for pleasure made more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between ages 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.
    Reading for pleasure was more important for children's cognitive development between ages 10 and 16 than their parents' level of education.
  3. Children and Young People's Reading in 2012: Findings from the 2012 National Literacy Trust's annual survey - some headlines:
    Levels of reading enjoyment have remained stable since 2005.
    Compared with previous years, fewer children and young people in 2012 read daily outside class.
    Young people who enjoy reading very much are four times as likely to read above the level expected for their age compared with young people who do not enjoy reading at all
How users/participants can evaluate success

Full evaluation plus time for reflection and planning is included in the project. Participants will be involved in measuring the impact of new and developed approaches and evaluate their own success in effecting change.

Participants are also encouraged to take part in our Annual Literacy Survey where they collect data about their attitudes and behaviour (and attainment where schools are willing to share data) in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and technology use. Schools that take part receive their own individual school report as well as free data about their pupils, which they can compare nationally.

Follow-up activities and support

Attendance includes one year's membership of the National Literacy Trust giving all teachers in the school access to a range of resources.


The training takes place over 1.5 days, with a 3 day option also available.

Days spread across one term (or more) to allow time for action research. Dates negotiable. 

Each participant taking part will benefit from:

  • Three full days of CPD input, delivered by a National Literacy Trust associate trainer
  • An evaluation framework to measure impact
  • Supporting programme materials
  • A year’s membership of the National Literacy Trust, worth £100 (schools that are already members of our network receive £100 reduction per school)
  • Access to the Working with the National Literacy Trust logo
  • A programme completion certificate

Additional benefits:

  • A senior leader (e.g. head or deputy) receives an additional FREE place at the first session.
  • The lead or teaching school that co-ordinates and hosts the training receives one FREE place.

To express an interest in this programme, please fill in our expression of interest form.

For further information, please contact us at: [email protected]

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.