Spotlight Conference - Reading: From Learning to Read to Reading to Learn

To be completed by: 12:00

Time: Thu 29 Feb 2024 08:45-12:00 | Venue: Margaret McMillan Tower

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about how reading develops from fluency to comprehension, reflect on early reading programmes and also learn about some low cost interventions.

Chris Such (author, teacher, trainer) has written an accessible and informative book on reading titled  ‘The Art and Science of Teaching Primary Reading’, has lots of valuable information on his website:, and he works for Ambition Institute designing the National Professional Qualification course for Leading Literacy.

Jonathan Solity is the Director of Optima Psychology and an Honorary Lecturer at University College London. He was formerly an assistant professor in educational psychology at the University of Warwick. He has researched the most effective ways of teaching reading and found that systematic synthetic phonics is best taught through real books rather than decodable texts. He has written seven books and published over 50 articles on his research, instructional psychology, special education & behaviour management. His most recent academic papers include: (i) a detailed analysis of the evidence underpinning current government policy on teaching reading; (ii) a discussion of how to resolve the reading wars; (iii) the limitations of the Phonics Screening Check and (iv) a description of how government policy causes reading difficulties.

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Published: 26/02/2024
Audience: Early Reading Leads, Primary and Secondary teachers, SENDCos, Reading and Learning leads
Contact: Karen Bickerton

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