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 autumn 2019 project will launch on Monday 9th September 2019. To book: 19ENG/044P

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

    KS2 Reading Fluency Project (Y5)

    Launching: Spring 2020 and continuing into the summer term, please complete our expression of interest form.

    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.

    Tuesday 17th September 2019 - Croydon (limited spaces). To book, email

    Tuesday 1st October 2019 - Thetford, Norfolk. To book, email

    Friday 4th October 2019 - Rotherham MBC. To book, email

    Friday 22nd November 2019 – Sheffield, Yorkshire. SOLD OUT

    Wednesday 4th December 2019 - Orpington, Kent. To book, email


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


    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

    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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