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Reading Comprehension

CPD Training

Author of the bestselling Reading Explorers and Top Class Comprehension series, John Murray provides a CPD course that will enhance the teaching of Guided Reading in the classroom.

This course focuses on how to develop and embed core reading skills to improve and secure your learners’ progress in reading. 

Participants will gain an understanding of what the barriers to comprehension are and how they can be overcome using a structured approach that can be adopted as a whole school. 

The course will consider the content and structure of Guided Reading using a layered approach so that specific reading skills can be taught explicitly and with different readers in mind.

Course Programme:

Session One: 9.00-10.45


The day will begin by discussing the need to balance the implicit and explicit teaching of reading across a broad and balanced curriculum and consider the important role Guided Reading has to play within it.

Discussion around key barriers to comprehension will take place throughout the day, with a particular focus being placed on how to overcome them.

Session Two: 11:00 – 12.30 

Having looked at how to introduce a new text to readers, consideration will be given as to how core orientation skills aid the retrieval of specific information.

It will look at other important elements that support readers as they orientate themselves with text and discuss the important role vocabulary and reading fluency has to play in this. This will be developed by considering which key elements of vocabulary instruction to include during the Guided Reading process.


Session Three: 13:00 – 14:45

Following lunch, the course will develop how to build opportunities that help learners secure and master the most difficult of reading skills – inference: the art of understanding text at greater depth.

It will look at the two main types of inference and how teachers can teach and demonstrate this effectively using a Model & Mirror technique. It will also look at the important difference between spoken and written comprehension when it comes to monitoring and assessment.

Session Four: 14:45 – 15:30

The final part of the course will look at how the Guided Reading process can be monitored effectively to reduce teacher workload.

This includes discussion around how to include a picture book study within the Guided Reading process, the structure and content of which will be demonstrated in full.

Practical and engaging, all staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

To cater for your school’s individual neds, this course can be facilitated as two consecutive twilight sessions and adapted to address any specific needs highlighted in your School Development Plan.

Book this course alongside the Vocabulary CPD and get a half day’s consultancy absolutely FREE.

"I have been fortunate enough to see John in action over many years. His reading CPD training is, without doubt, a must-have for any school wanting to transform the way Guided Reading is taught. Our results speak for themselves. This year we achieved 95% expected standard and 64% greater depth. John’s approach to the teaching and learning of reading really works. So, if the improvement of reading is on your agenda, then have a refresh and get him in; you won't be disappointed!"


E. Emson

Head Teacher, Harbour Learning Trust, Grimsby

"We introduced the Reading Explorers approach to improve outcomes in Reading Comprehension. Since then, our Year 6 SATS results have soared from 45% to 89%. John's CPD training is both clear and inspirational; staff workload has been reduced and our children are fully engaged in their learning."


B. Smith

English Lead, Binbrook CE Primary School, Market Rasen

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