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International Reading Conference 2023 - speaker sessions

Alex Reynolds

Through the Keyhole of the House of Reading.

Director of Primary Learning & Curricula at Northern Education Trust.

Literacy Content Specialist alumna of the Education Endowment Foundation.

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Verity Lee

Building a thriving KS2 reading culture through the use of technology.

Vice Principal at Sunnyside Spencer Academy and Evidence Lead in Education.

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Tim Rasinski

The “art and science” of teaching reading.

Author and Professor of Reading Education, Kent State University, USA.

Shareen Wilkinson

Building schema through reading books aloud in primary schools.

Primary Education Adviser and Educational Author.

*This recording will only be available until Friday the 14th of July 2023.

Leanne Sayer

Creating an engaging reading culture with online and offline strategies.

Year 6 Teacher and Online Reading Lead at Ribbon Academy.

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Sapna Vadher

Developing a culture of reading in secondary school.

Assistant Principal The Forest Academy.

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Professor Teresa Cremin

Reading for Pleasure and the Power of Fiction.

Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University. DfE reading for pleasure expert. Co-Director of the Literacy and Social Justice Centre.

The recording of Teresa's session is unavailable to watch. You can still download a copy of her presentation using the button below.

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Gaurav Dubay

Creating a Whole School Reading Culture at Key Stage 3.

Head of English at King Edward VI Academy Trust and Evidence Lead in Education.

Purposeful whole class reading strategies: How to improve older pupils' engagement, confidence and fluency.

What you can expect from this session:
• Improving whole class reading aloud strategies in secondary.
• Practical strategies to improve the quality of oral reading in the classroom.
• How to optimise reading opportunities for all students, not just the select few.

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Rebekah Ricketts

The importance of utilising data and empowering staff and parents to promote reading in KS3/4.

Head of English at Safa British School, Dubai.

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Bethany Howieson

Strategies to prioritise cross-curricular reading, what does and doesn’t work.

Assistant Principal, Business Studies Teacher, and Trust Lead in Literacy and Oracy at Northern Education Trust, Dyke House Academy.

Mark Anderson

Using technology to engage reluctant readers in KS2 and KS3.

Best-selling author, award-winning blogger, popular speaker and trainer (who is also an Independent Thinking associate and founding fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching).

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