Project focus

    The Herts for Learning KS2 Reading Fluency Project incorporates the strategies of modelled expressive reading, echo reading, repeated re-reading, skilled questioning, challenging text selection and modelling comprehension skills, to improve the trajectory of Year 6 pupils (summer term Year 5) towards the expected standard in reading at the end of KS2.

    The 8-week project is being delivered with schools in Hertfordshire and surrounding counties, including London.


    Participate in this project

    If you would like to participate in this project, please book online or complete the expression of interest to be contacted about future launch dates.

    KS2 Reading Fluency Project (Y6)

    The KS2 Reading Fluency Project (Y6) takes place each autumn term to allow time for the strategies to be embedded and applied at a whole class level throughout the spring term.

    The next project will launch in September 2020. Please complete our expression of interest form to find out more and be contacted with final dates and booking information.

    Please note: This autumn term project will be open to schools in Hertfordshire and surrounding counties.

    KS2 Reading Fluency Project (Y5)

    Launching on Tuesday 21st April 2020, you can book onto this project here: Course code ENG/20/13/P

    Please note: This summer term project focuses on Year 5 pupils and is open to schools in Hertfordshire and surrounding counties.

    National one-day CPD event roadshow

    Learn about the transformational teaching strategies used in the Herts for Learning KS2 Reading Fluency Project by attending a one-day CPD event in your area delivered by the Herts for Learning (HfL) primary English team.

    Friday 17th January, 2020 - St Ives, Cambridgeshire - to book please email Nic Hubbard at

    Thursday 27th February, 2020 - Coalville, Leicestershire - FULLY BOOKED

    Tuesday 3rd March 2020 - Tameside - FULLY BOOKED

    Friday 6th March 2020 – Havant, Hants. Book online with course ENG/20/253/P. See the flyer for this event. 

    Thursday 12th March, 2020 - Northampton Primary Academy Trust - to book, please email Annie Booth at

    Tuesday 24th March, 2020 - Connect Teaching School, Boston - to book please email or call 01205 312153

    Monday 20th April, 2020 - North Lincolnshire - FULLY BOOKED

    Friday 24th April 2020 - Saltwells Education Centre, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley – to book please email Rebecca Beddoes at the Dudley School Improvement Alliance - English Hub at

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


    NEW for 2019/20

    Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project: Sustaining Impact Sessions, for schools who have already participated in the HfL Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project

    Wednesday 12th February 2020: Book online ENG/20/68/P


    Impact and outcomes from the 8-week project

    Pupils made above average accelerated progress

    Pupils on the autumn 2017 round of the KS2 Reading Fluency Project made an average of 30 months’ progress in reading comprehension age, with pupils in the spring 2018 round reaching an average of 23 months’ progress. In the same period (autumn round 2018), pupils in receipt of pupil premium grant (PPG) funding made an average of 31-and-a-half months progress. {updated data - August 2018}

    Provisional 2018 SATs data were collected for 292 project pupils. 74% of these pupils achieved 98+ scaled score in the 2018 SATs reading test – all of these pupils were judged as being ‘not on track’ at the start of the project; 60% of these pupils achieved the Expected Standard (this equates to 175 pupils); 5% of this cohort achieved the Greater Depth Standard. 

    Pupils typically demonstrated the following changes in reading behaviour:

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

    Find out more about the project below.

    Project delivery

    Participants will receive the project CPD through a one-day launch session, a mid-project twilight and a final, ‘celebratory’ half-day cluster. In addition, participating schools will receive a two-hour mid-project visit, where elements of the project can be tailored towards specific school needs. The training is available for two delegates from the project school: the Year 6 (or Year 5 – summer term) project teacher, and the subject leader.

    Before beginning the project, class teachers 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.

    IEE - Improving reading fluency

    Blogs to read

    What do we mean when we talk about reading (and writing) fluency?

    KS2 Reading Fluency Project: autumn summary report

    Early findings: KS2 Reading Fluency Project

    Flexing fluency muscles: great texts (oh... and they are free, too!)

    As easy as A, B, fluenCy!

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

    Repeat after me: HfL's KS2 Reading Fluency Project works... wo


    KS2 Guided reading toolkit

    Project contact

    Penny Slater
    Deputy Primary English Teaching and Learning Adviser
    Tel: 01438 845111 (option 2)


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