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 2,200 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.

    Additionally, over 600 schools nationally have attended the 1-day training event 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.

    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.

    This was the most successful and enjoyable training I have been on my whole career. Our outcomes were stunning and all tutors, presenters were amazingly helpful and clear. Communication was easy and quick. Training sessions were 100% useful and incredibly helpful. I particularly benefited from the 1:1 coaching sessions.

    Alice Smith, St. Andrew's Junior School, Hatfield Peverel, Essex

    Participate in this project

    The next project will start on Wednesday 14th September 2022

    Please visit the HfL CPD Hub to book onto this project, course code: ENG/22/554/A

    For details of future dates, pleas complete our expressions of interest online form.

    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 term.

    The next project, starting on Wednesday 14th September 2022 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, interactive 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 or wrap around support of 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 Fluency Expo 2022

    By attending this year’s Reading Fluency Expo, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from experts, world renowned in the field of reading fluency, sharing theory and best practice. Special guests include Dr Tim Rasinski and Pie Corbett. 

    Tuesday 4th October 2022: Book online: CON/22/469/P

    Blogs to read

    Reading Fluency Project 2021-22 – Where are we now?



    Reading Teacher Assessment Frameworks Year 1-6

    EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) Documents

    Herts for Learning have worked in collaboration with the EEF to produce theses useful documents to support with effective Reading Fluency instruction.

    Reading Fluency Glossary

    Reading Fluency Misconceptions


    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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