Impact/outcomes expected

    In just 8 weeks: 75% on pupils on the project made more than 6 months progress in reading comprehension age; 66% of pupils moved up at least 1 book band; pupils made, on average, 9 months progress in reading accuracy age.

    Pupils typically demonstrated improvements in reading behaviour in terms of:

    • stamina – able to read more text for a longer period whilst retaining understanding
    • accuracy – children make fewer substitutions, omissions, mispronunciations and additions when reading a ‘cold’ text
    • enjoyment – pupils read more and are more willing to explore a wider range of literature
    • confidence – pupils tackle challenging texts with greater willingness and show improved tenacity in teasing out meaning
    • engagement – pupils offer more extended contributions in group discussions about challenging texts.

    Project focus

    Harnessing the principles of the highly effective KS2 Reading Fluency Project, the KS1 project aims to accelerate achievement in reading fluency and comprehension in a short space of time. Strategies used on the project include:

    • modelled expressive reading
    • echo reading
    • repeated re-reading
    • skilled questioning
    • challenging text selection
    • modelled comprehension skills

    Precise assessment data is collected at the start and end of the 8 week project for participating pupils so accelerated progress can be clearly tracked.

    The Education Endowment Foundation - Improving Literacy in Key Stage 1 document suggests, as one of the top recommendations that schools ‘Use high-quality structured interventions to help pupils who are struggling with their literacy’. And that ‘The first step should be to use accurate diagnosis of capabilities and difficulties to match pupils to appropriate interventions’.

    The Ofsted 2019 Education Inspection Framework states that ‘a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading develops learners’ confidence and enjoyment in reading’ and states that learners should ‘read widely and often, with fluency and comprehension’. The Key Stage 1 Reading Fluency Project will actively support schools in achieving these aims. 

    The eight-week long project is being delivered within schools in Hertfordshire, and is also available nationally as the training will be delivered via webinar.

    Launching on Monday 17th January 2022, the project has been re-designed to be delivered online with a series of webinars and remote access options. To enquire about booking onto the project, please email

    National one-day CPD event roadshow

    Learn about the transformational teaching strategies used in the Herts for Learning KS1 Reading Fluency Project by attending a one-day CPD event in your area delivered by the Herts for Learning (HfL) primary English team. The next one-day event will be in spring term.

    The next one-day events will take place on:

    • Tuesday 9th November 2021: CPD Hub course code: ENG/21/338/P

    To find out more about attending or hosting one of these events contact

      Project design 

      Participants will receive the eight week project CPD through:

      • one-day launch session, delivered through 1 pre-recorded webinar and 2 live webinars.
      • mid-project twilight, delivered by live webinar
      • two-hour mid-project visit, where elements of the project are tailored towards specific school / cohort needs, delivered either face-to-face, or by live webinar
      • final, ‘celebratory’ half-day cluster, delivered by live webinar

      The training is available for two delegates from the project school: the Year 2 (or Year 1) project teacher, and the English subject leader.

      Before beginning the project, class teachers are provided with complete the YARC test (York Assessment of Reading Comprehension), which provides a reading comprehension age for each participating pupil. The test is repeated at the end of the eight-week intervention to gather impact measures. Full instructions for how to administer the test are provided on the project's launch day.

      Each school is allocated a project adviser. The adviser will be on hand throughout the project period to answer queries and support the school as needed. The adviser will also analyse the project data and share this with the school. As part of the project, participating teachers are asked to work with a group of six pupils for 40 minutes each week (two sessions of 20 minutes) for an eight-week period. These pupils are deemed to be not on track to reach the expected standard at the start of the intervention.

      Research report

      The Institute of Effective Education research found that the HFL KS2 Reading Fluency Project had a positive impact on developing pupils’ reading accuracy and comprehension, as measured by the YARC.

      Reading fluency

      Blogs to read

      A field guide to reading fluency: a reader's digest of our work to date

      Really reading: developing reading with understanding in KS1

      As easy as A B fluenCy!

      Repeat after me: the HfL KS2 reading fluency project works… works… works! 

      Do you sound good to listen to? (or 'fluency: reading's best-kept secret weapon')

      Dr Timothy Rasinski is professor of literacy education at Kent State University and member of International Reading Hall of Fame. Please see our collaborative blog:

      The Herts for Learning (HfL) KS2 Reading Fluency Project – Strategies and Outcomes


      In the Reading Corner, the Just Imagine podcast: Reading Fluency with Penny Slater

      Project contact

      Kathy Roe
      Primary Teaching and Learning Adviser - English
      Tel: 01438 544464

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