International Reading Conference 2022

Join our experts to discuss best practices and strategies to encourage reading for pleasure, reading for learning, and reading for life.
June 14th, 15th, 16th 2022

Only one ticket is required to access all sessions.


Are you a Teacher, Senior Leader, or Multi Academy Trust Leader?

Would you like to hear from and network with thought leaders in education, literacy experts, and Edtech specialists on best practices to encourage students to become confident, lifelong learners?


Reading Solutions UK invites you to join the inaugural International Reading Conference (IRC22) to uncover how you can:

  • Develop a reading culture.
  • Ensure that students continue to accelerate their reading growth and feel motivated and empowered to read.
  • Implement digital strategies to ensure success.

We are proud to be supporting The National Literacy Trust, an independent UK charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged children the literacy skills they need to succeed. For every event registration, we will be donating £1 to their cause. We have also made the International Reading Conference free to attend and welcome any donations in place of ticket costs to The National Literacy Trust.






Tuesday 14th of June


Jonathan Douglas CBE Hon FRSL

Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust.
Fostering an intrinsic motivation to read: Creating conditions and using culture.

Previously he was Head of Policy Development at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, where he also worked as Head of Learning and Access. Prior to that, he was a Professional Adviser for Youth and School Libraries at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

He has also worked as a librarian and in children’s services for Westminster Libraries. Jonathan is on the Advisory Committee of The Booker Prize, a trustee for World Book Day and The Philosophy Foundation, and a Governor at his local primary school.

In 2020 Jonathan was awarded a CBE for services to education and in 2021 he was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Sarah Green

Education Endowment Foundation’s Content Specialist for Literacy.
Purposeful whole class reading strategies: How to improve engagement, confidence and fluency for older pupils.

Alongside her national role, she is also a Trust Literacy Lead and Assistant Headteacher working across mainstream and special secondary schools within The Prospere Learning Trust, South Manchester. She is a Voice21 National Oracy Leader, an Evidence Lead in Education with Manchester Communication Research School and a Teacher Development Trust Associate. During her eighteen years in education, Sarah has taught English across schools in Tameside, Stockport and Manchester, and has extensive experience in both middle and senior leadership. In her trust-based role, she provides school-to-school leadership support specialising in evidence-informed CPDL, curriculum development in English and whole-school teaching & learning.

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Tim Rasinski

Author and Professor of Reading Education, Kent State University, USA.
Teaching reading fluency: A critical but often neglected part of the reading curriculum.

Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award winning reading clinic. He has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. He's published numerous best-selling books.

His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle.

Dr. Rasinski served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and was co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the world's most widely read journal of literacy education. He has also served as co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. In 2010, Dr. Rasinski was elected into the International Reading Hall of Fame.

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Wednesday 15th of June

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Dr Paula Williams

Educational Psychologist Psychology4Learning Ltd
From principle to practise: How a reading fluency intervention in the UK has had significant and wide-range benefits for classes and individuals.

Paula has 27 years’ experience and has worked in a number of Local Authorities, building up a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has held specialist posts within the Looked After Service (Coventry); Rowan’s Children’s Centre (Milton Keynes); been a Nurture Group Trainer; Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TAMHS) Facilitator and joint lead trainer in Bucks, rolling out the Children and Families Act (2014) reforms.

She is keen to make psychology accessible to a wide audience, confident that lives can be improved through the application of evidenced based practices. Her particular interests are in Early Years and Mental Health issues.

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Andrew Yeomans

Director of the Education Exchange, Delta Academies Trust
EdTech and digital strategy: Reviewing, planning and selecting the right tools and evidencing impact

Andrew is The Director of the Education Exchange and was previously an executive leader for Delta Multi Academy Trust. With a Primary background, Andrew has taught across all year groups and has been the Head of Academy at two schools, including an Outstanding Teaching School. Andrew has previously been an education consultant focusing on the use of tablet technology in the classroom. Within this role, he presented to politicians and policymakers on the use of IT to transform learning. In 2020-21 he led the country's highest-performing EdTech demonstrator team (wave 3). He also has a Blue Peter Badge.

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Al Kingsley

CEO of NetSupport and Chair of a Multi-Academy Trust
EdTech and digital strategy: Reviewing, planning and selecting the right tools and evidencing impact

As well as his CEO of NetSupport and Chair of a Multi-Academy Trust roles, Al is chair of his region’s Governors' Leadership Group and chairs the regional SEND Board. With 20+ years of governance experience, Al also sits on the Regional Schools Commissioner's Advisory Board for the East of England and North London.

He is an FED Co-chair of two groups, Chair of the BESA EdTech Group and chairs his regional Employment and Skills Board. He’s a well-known face in EdTech around the world; author of My Secret #EdTech Diary and co-author of A Guide to Creating a Digital Strategy in Education.

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Rebekah Ricketts

Head Of English, Safa British School, Dubai.
Building a thriving reading culture: What works and what takes time

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Thursday 16th of June

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Clare Wood

Professor of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University.
Early years and KS1: Behaviours, skills and resources that underpin reading success.

Professor Wood joined Nottingham Trent University in May 2017. Prior to that she was Executive Director of the Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement at Coventry University. She primarily teaches developmental and educational psychology and has been awarded the British Psychology Society’s Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Psychology.

Her research interests over the last 20 years include the early identification and remediation of literacy difficulties in children, the relationships between spoken and written language skills, and the educational potential of technology. Her work on the impact of text messaging on literacy skills received widespread attention in the international media.

She is currently exploring the impact of digital text exposure in the early years on literacy-related outcomes in children.

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Rachel Revell

Senior National Curriculum Lead Oasis Community Learning Trust.
EdTech: How EdTech can help transform reading for pleasure.

Rachel began her career as an English teacher and became Head of English and Literacy Lead. She has since had roles as Assistant Principal and Vice Principal leading on Academy wide curriculum development with literacy as a driver at the heart of this. In her latest role as Associate Principal and Senior National Curriculum Lead for Oasis Community Learning she has led on development of the Trust wide Literacy Policy in conjunction with the National Lead Practioner for Literacy, including the introduction of ed tech as a tool for reading development, across all Oasis secondary academies.

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Ian Turner

Reading Development Consultant Reading Solutions UK.
EdTech: How EdTech can help transform reading for pleasure.

Ian Turner has over 15 years of teaching experience as an English teacher, a Head of Department, a Director of English across a Multi Academy Trust, a Vice Principal of a secondary school and finally, as the Deputy Head of a middle school.

Ian is an avid spokesperson for Edtech solutions and has authored the whitepaper How Educational Technology Can Transform Reading for Pleasure. In addition to his interest in educational research, Ian is an avid writer. He is currently completing a master’s in creative writing and has recently had his first piece of writing published by Every Day Fiction.

At Reading Solutions UK, Ian predominantly works with schools that have identified a need to develop pupils’ comprehension, fluency and vocabulary and the need to engage pupils who are reluctant and disengaged readers

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Randi Gelfman Bender

Vice President of Literacy Curriculum & Assessments, DreamBox Learning Inc (USA).
Motivation for reading: Using Texts to Build Student Engagement and Self-Efficacy.

Randi Gelfman Bender has been a literacy curriculum designer for more than 16 years. She was a member of the team that designed and developed the Reading Plus program, which received a “Strong Evidence for ESSA” designation by the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, she created the curriculum for the Reading Plus assessment, which was determined to have “convincing evidence” of validity, reliability, and classification accuracy by the National Center on Intensive Intervention. Randi focuses on providing high-quality texts that engage students’ interests and spark learning. She has more than three decades of experience as a journalist, writer, and editor.

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Kerry Mescallado

Manager of Curriculum Design, Language Arts at DreamBox Learning Inc (USA).
Motivation for reading: Using Texts to Build Student Engagement and Self-Efficacy.

Kerry Mescallado is the Manager of Curriculum Design for 3-12 Literacy at DreamBox Learning. She has worked in literacy curriculum design for more than a decade and was part of the team that developed the Reading Plus program. Her love of reading is a constant motivating factor in her work. Kerry firmly believes that literacy is a fundamental human right and is honoured to work with colleagues who share her passion to help educators change students’ lives. The best parts of her job: creating and curating instructional content that’s engaging, diverse, and fun. Kerry has an MA in English and is a former college instructor.

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