Moray House School of Education and Sport

Supporting Young Children's Reading Acquisition & Development

This interactive workshop provides teachers and teaching assistants with the research knowledge and classroom skills to support young children’s reading acquisition and development (Nursery to P2).

Supporting young children to read is a key aim for teachers, classroom assistants and nursery staff.

The many different approaches to develop children's reading skills can be particularly challenging for staff concerned.

This workshop will enable participants to develop confidence and expertise in initial reading instruction to support all children starting school. 

Really interesting and fantastic to have a CPD opportunity where there is clear, research based understanding and depth of knowledge. Most worthwhile CPD in ages

Previous Participant

Learning outcomes:

This course aims to develop skills and understanding around:

  • The key cognitive skills that contribute to early reading success and the effectiveness of different approaches to early reading instruction
  • Developing word reading and language skills in the early years
  • Promoting reading for pleasure and understanding children’s emerging identities as readers
  • How to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or children starting school with weak language/reading readiness skills

Who this course is for?

Primary teachers, classroom assistants and nursery practitioners as well as nursery and school leaders with key responsibilities for reading development.

Course booking information

Bookings prior to the event are required. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, 16th March 2019

Time: 11am - 4.00pm

Location: Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Campus

Cost: £139

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About the facilitator:

This workshop will be delivered by Dr Sarah McGeown, Moray House School of Education and Sport.

Sarah has worked extensively with school staff focusing on children’s literacy development and has considerable research experience in this area.  She has published widely in leading international journals and is committed to sharing high quality research to inform classroom practices. For more details of her research, see:

Quotations from past participants:

Content was really interesting and relevant – exactly what I was hoping for

Previous Participant

I thoroughly enjoyed this session.  Good content, clear and engaging presentation and plenty of time for professional dialogue

Previous Participant