The Succeeding with Reading programme aims to support leaders and teachers to develop their knowledge and skills in reviewing, developing, and implementing a highly ambitious and focused approach to early reading.

Our Early years advisers will support and mentor teachers and leaders to develop a holistic and flexible approach to teaching reading successfully, maximising the potential to significantly improve reading outcomes for all children.


What is included in the Succeeding with Reading programme?

The programme explores the five pillars of reading; phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension as well as how to create provision that provides opportunities to practice, rehearse and consolidate reading skills across the curriculum in play-based and meaningful contexts.

This programme starts in the autumn term and consists of:

  • An introductory training session.
  • A thorough reading audit in your school carried out by HFL Education Early Years advisers
  • Two spring training sessions and a celebratory event.
  • Option for an additional bespoke consultancy visit can be added


What are the benefits of the Succeeding with Reading programme?

The programme empowers leaders’ understanding of high-quality approaches to early reading, which in turn informs school development planning and helps to identify both areas of strength and next steps.

The Succeeding with Reading Programme has measurable positive impact. In 2022, three quarters of the schools taking part in the initiative closed their Free School meals (FSM) gap by putting a clear emphasis on supporting the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

There is also a clear correlation between the programme and improved inspection outcomes/ with comments from a recent Ofsted report on Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Islington, which had participated in the project, noting that ’leaders have carefully considered the reading curriculum, especially early reading’.

The programme allows for a flexible approach that differs from more formal reading programmes linked to specific schemes and is perfectly attuned to the EYFS.


We have been on a journey to promote a love of books and reading across all areas of our setting.  The team have taken the Succeeding with Reading learning on board and found the reading audit particularly helpful in inspiring a ‘rethink’ of our provision and shared spaces

EY leader, Garden Fields Primary School


Find out more

Please register your interest or please email the Early Years team to find out more about the Succeeding With Reading programme.


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