Impact and outcomes from the 8-week project

    Pupils who take part in the HfL Reading Fluency Project make exceptional progress in a short space of time.

    Over 1,300 pupils have taken part in the Project. On average, in just 8 weeks, pupils have made 2 years and 3 months progress in reading comprehension age and have gained an increase in accuracy of 13 months.* 

    *as measured by the YARC assessment tool.

    An additional 579 schools nationally have attended the training and are implementing the project strategies with their pupils.

    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.

    In 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. 

    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 5/6 pupils towards the expected standard in reading at the end of KS2.

    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

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

    The next project will launch on Wednesday 27th April 2022 and has been 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 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 paired 2-hour in-school visit (this will be delivered remotely)
    • 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).

    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.

    One-day events

    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, without commitment to the full 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:

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


    Reading Teacher Assessment Frameworks Year 1-6


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

    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

    Project contact

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

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