Impact and outcomes from the 8-week project

    Students who have participated in KS3 project have made an average of 18 months progress in reading comprehension age over the 8-week project*.

    *as measured by the YARC assessment tool based on 147 students. 

    Pupils typically demonstrated improvements in reading behaviour in terms of:

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

    Project focus

    Harnessing the principles of the highly effective KS2 Reading Fluency Project, the KS3 project aims to accelerate achievement in reading fluency and comprehension in a short space of time. Strategies used on the project include:

    • modelled expressive reading
    • echo reading
    • repeated re-reading
    • skilled questioning
    • challenging text selection
    • modelled comprehension skills

    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.

    The Education Endowment Foundation - Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools document suggests, as one of the top recommendations that  ‘Training focused on teaching reading is likely to help secondary school teachers teach their subject more effectively’.. And that ‘Schools should expect and proactively plan to support students with the weakest levels of literacy, particularly in Year 7.’

    The Ofsted 2019 Education Inspection Framework states that ‘a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading develops learners’ confidence and enjoyment in reading’ and states that learners should ‘read widely and often, with fluency and comprehension’. The Key Stage 3 Reading Fluency Project will actively support schools in achieving these aims. 

    The project is being delivered within schools in Hertfordshire, and is also available nationally as it is being delivered via live webinar.

    Participate in this project

    The next round of this project will launch on Wednesday 14th September and has been re-designed to be delivered online with a series of webinars and remote access options:

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

    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: will be delivered via two live webinars 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 Head of English).

    One-day events

    KS2/3 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 2/3 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:

    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

    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

    Blogs to read:

    HfL KS3 Reading Fluency Project: a practice-based review

    A field guide to reading fluency: a reader's digest of our work to date

    KS3 (Year 7) Reading Fluency Project: text selection guidance

    Read like nobody is watching

    As easy as A B fluency!

    Repeat after me: the HfL 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


    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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