07 June 2023

In the UK last year, 172,000 children in year 6 (26% of pupils) did not meet the national reading expectations.  

HFL Education and Hon. Stuart Lawrence are thrilled to join forces with the goal to improve reading standards via the Reading Fluency Project. 

Commenting on the autumn term project, Stuart Lawrence said,  

“I’m delighted to be involved in this amazing initiative and I cannot wait to see the impact it has for young people nationally.”

The KS2 reading fluency project is now in its 18th round and has an impressive average outcome of 2 years and 3 months progress in reading comprehension in just 8 weeks. 

Find out more about the Key Stage 2 (KS2) Reading Fluency project and the Hon. Stuart Lawrence


Stuart Lawrence


About the Reading Fluency project 

The KS2 Reading Fluency Project is designed to swiftly improve reading fluency and comprehension of those pupils who have entered Year 5 and 6 working below the expected standard in reading. The project strategies have been trialled extensively and have had a powerful effect on reading ability for the vast majority of pupils, in turn supporting them to develop more positive views about reading. 

Over the eight-week period, target pupils receive two 20 minutes teacher-led sessions each week, using the key strategies of modelled expert reading and echo reading, alongside a challenging text selection. 

Reading Fluency Project outcomes

The exceptional progress that can be achieved in just 8 weeks, is evident in this video of a year 2 pupil, from English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School, reading before and after the school’s involvement in the project.  

Pupils have a more positive relationship with books; are more enthusiastic, confident readers with an increased understanding and engagement with texts. 

Find out more about the Key Stage 2 (KS2) Reading Fluency Project

If you’re interested in finding out more about the project please email or call 07775 028239

With thanks to PGIM, the first 50 schools that sign up to the project will be gifted a copy of Stuart Lawrence’s book. 

The publication of his first book for children, Silence is Not an Option: You Can Impact the World for Change, is intended to empower all children irrespective of skin colour to demand a better society… Stephen Lawrence’s brightness runs throughout the pages, along with Stuart’s love for his brother” – Louise Carpenter, The Times Magazine

We all want to be successful in life and to be remembered for our achievements – but how can we do that, when the world can seem so big and sometimes scary?”–Stuart Lawrence 

Silence is not an option: Stuart Lawrence - book cover