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 nationally as the CPD will be delivered via webinar.

    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 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 on Tuesday 20th April 2021 and has been re-designed to be delivered online with a series of webinars and remote access options:

    Project design

    Participants will receive the project CPD through:

    • a project launch, incorporating 3 sessions
      • Session 1 will be pre-recorded and can be accessed two weeks prior to the launch day
      • Session 2: two live webinars will take place over the course of one day
    • a twilight session (delivered as a live webinar)
    • a 2-hour in-school visit (this can be delivered remotely, if necessary)
    • a final review (delivered as a live webinar) 

    Please note: Live sessions are recorded and will be available to access for one week after delivery.

    In addition, schools will be supplied with assessment materials, which will support in judging the impact of the project. The HfL advisory team will mark and analyse the assessment materials, providing the pre-intervention data outcomes at the school visit and the post-intervention data outcomes at the final review.

    The project cost covers the inclusion of one teacher (who will deliver the sessions) and a project lead (this may be the English Subject Leader).

    Please visit the HfL CPD Hub for full details and how to book here: Course code: ENG/20/1022/A

    Before beginning the project, class teachers are provided, with and 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.

    KS2 Reading Fluency Project (Y5)

    Please note: This summer term project also focuses on Year 5 pupils and is open to schools in Hertfordshire and nationally. To join the summer term project starting on Tuesday 20th April 2021, please visit the HfL CPD Hub to book places using course code: ENG/20/1022/A


    KS2 Reading Fluency Project: implications for classroom practice – one-day webinars

    This online CPD event will provide a thorough overview of the transformational teaching strategies used within the Herts for Learning Key Stage 2 reading fluency project. This training will be delivered as three online sessions over one day and is offered on a choice of two dates.

    Please visit the HfL CPD Hub for full details and how to book:

    Wednesday 3rd March 2021: Book Online: ENG/20/1064/P

    Please note that these sessions will be recorded and will be available for delegates to access for one week after delivery. 

    Impact and outcomes from the 8-week project

    Pupils made above average accelerated progress

    Over 1000 pupils have now taken part in the KS2 Reading Fluency Project. On average, in just 8 weeks, pupils have made 2 years and 3 months progress in reading comprehension age*.

    *as measured by the YARC assessment tool.

    Provisional 2018 SATs data was 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.

    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

    KS2 Reading Fluency Project: text selection guidance

    Read like nobody is watching

    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... works... works!

    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


    Reading Teacher Assessment Frameworks Year 1-6


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

    Project contact

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


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