Join Guest Speakers Pie Corbett, Kathy Roe, Mat Tobin and Sonia Thompson at this Unmissable Online Conference from Multi-Award-Winning Training Provider Services For Education


Event Information:
Thursday 9th November
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM



*More details and sessions to be revealed as the event approaches!*


Talk For Reading

In this session, Pie will look at how teachers can enable children to become strategic readers who can comprehend independently and express their understanding coherently. Pie has a wealth of experience, and this rare opportunity to hear him talk about his passion for books, teaching reading and its importance within the curriculum, is not to be missed!

Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written more than two hundred books. He is now best known for creating the Talk for Writing approach to learning, which is widely used within UK primary schools.


Teaching Reading Fluency

Kathy will share the impact that direct fluency instruction can have on reading achievement for pupils, and explore some key strategies.

Since 2017, HFL Education has taken over 2000 pupils through the Reading Fluency Project. The project accelerates progress in reading fluency and comprehension in a short space of time for our children by harnessing strategies such as echo reading, repeat reading and skilled questioning. Participating pupils are not only taught to read with improved fluency and automaticity but are also taught to engage with, enjoy, and react to, challenging, high-quality texts. Kathy will share some key project insights in this workshop.

Kathy Roe is an experienced primary school teacher and leader. She is now Deputy Lead Adviser of the Primary English Team at HFL Education. She supports schools and teachers in Hertfordshire and beyond. Kathy is proud to lead HFL’s Reading Fluency Project.

Join us for this exciting full-day online event! All sessions are included with your ticket.

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Services For Education English Adviser Emma Mudge, will be leading the Primary Reading Conference as well as delivering a fantastic session on comprehension.

Teaching Reading Comprehension in the Primary School

Comprehension is a critical element of reading, but as the learning needs of the children change across the year groups, we can easily lose sight of our principal areas of focus, and of how this should be taught differently across the year groups.

Emma will explore what specifics need to be taught, making links with the curriculum expectations and current guidance, ensuring that key messages and priorities remains relevant.

Read some of Emma’s blog posts and articles here.

Emma Mudge has over 20 years of experience working in primary education. Throughout this time, she has become a leader in a wide variety of areas throughout the school including Assessment, Teaching and Learning, Curriculum Management and Lead DSL, to name but a few. As Deputy Head Teacher and Acting Head Teacher, she has been at the forefront of school leadership and improvement. During her role as English leader, she successfully introduced new approaches which significantly raised attainment. This led her to be approached to support other English coordinators across Birmingham, make presentations to school leaders and become a member of a small group of specialist teachers and leaders, tasked with improving the reading attainment in a number of schools across the city.


Building a Reading Culture in Your School

Schools and teachers, alongside the broader community, can support children to become readers by building an authentic reading culture, where promoting wider reading is given the same focus as learning to read. There are many routes to achieving this and my session with explore several of these including Booktalk, the environment, Teachers as Readers and Involving Parents as well as the importance of Agency in the child.

Cultivating a reading culture must be a whole school initiative, where all involved discuss their reading experiences. Everyone identifying themselves as a Reader and understanding what that means and the journey they need to take is key to success.

Mat Tobin teaches English and Children’s Literature on the Primary BA ITT course. He also leads an MA/PGCert Course in Children’s Literature and Reading for Pleasure. Since joining Brookes in 2014 after 16 years of Primary teaching in Oxfordshire, Mat is continually invited to deliver keynotes and workshops across the UK on Reading for Pleasure, Picturebooks and engaging children (and all stakeholders) in the reading and writing process. He is currently writing a doctorate on Children’s Literature and the outdoors: he is interested in the link between comprehension, language and locality through high-quality children’s literature. In 2021 his co-written book, Understanding and Teaching Primary English, was published by Sage. Mat is also passionate about sharing the high-quality work that his students do on his module. These cross-curricular plans focus on the teacher ‘knowing the text’ and ‘blending objectives across the curriculum.


Prioritising reading to allow pupils to access the full curriculum offer

In this session, I will examine how evidence-informed reading for progress and pleasure practices, have supported powerful outcomes, for children at St Matthew’s. I will look at what makes a rich reading curriculum and outline the importance of placing reading at the heart of any curriculum offer.

Sonia Thompson is the Headteacher at St Matthew’s C.E. Primary School and the Director of St Matthew’s EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) Research School, in Nechells Birmingham. St Matthew’s is a Talk for Writing Training Centre and previously held DfE Teaching School status. Her school regularly hosts’ visits for teachers, Headteachers and MATs, who want to see evidence-informed practice across the curriculum. Sonia recently published a book called, An Ethic of Excellence in Action; has had articles published and regularly reviews blogs for SchoolsWeek. She has a chapter in, the researchED Guide to the Curriculum and is a contributor to the new WALKTHRUs 3 book. Sonia is a board member of the UKLA National Council and the Birmingham Diocese. She is also a trustee for the Church of England National Society, Classics for All and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). Sonia is regularly asked to deliver keynotes and training at various conferences and events, across the country.

Join us for this exciting full-day online event! All sessions are included with your ticket.

Read what our customers say about our English training and consultancy:

Paul Frowen, Deputy Head Teacher, Harper Bell SDA Primary School

“Very informative – trainer was very welcoming and allowed colleagues to discuss points throughout” 

Beth Harper, Reading lead & class teacher, Kingsthorne Primary School 

“It was a really useful opportunity to be ‘talked through’ what to expect. It has alleviated some of the worry & given a few pointers that we can work on immediately. Thank you.” 

Sukhbinder Gosal, Deputy Head Teacher, World’s End Junior School

“The course has developed my confidence in preparing for an Ofsted deep dive and also highlighted actions and areas for development in Early Reading at my school.”

Farah Yasmin, Christ Church CofE Primary School

“Thank you Emma for such an insightful and powerful meeting on all things English. It was clear you are passionate about English and empathised with the worries or support we may need as subject leads within our school. Really looking forward to our next session” 

Antony Lowe, Barford Primary School

“A really useful summary of the hot topics and what they mean for us as English Leads – great to share and discuss rather than just training delivery.”

Fareedah Razzaq, Assistant Head Teacher, Cromwell Junior and Infant School

“A very informative session with a lot of practical ideas to use in classrooms.”

Jonjo Wilson – Acting Headteacher

“A very informative half day of training delivered by Emma. She catered the training for our school and its needs. The staff came away feeling more confident to embed the text centred approach to writing in our school. Having Emma’s pedagogical knowledge, helped us realise why we have selected this approach for our children. Staff were overwhelmingly positive.”  

Jack Ven, Class Teacher

“A really useful course, which gives clear advice about what a child needs to do to be a greater depth writer and provides ways to implement help at schools.”

why services for education?


At Services For Education we provide a wide range of face to face services and professional development opportunities to enhance teaching and champion school improvement across Birmingham.

We have won awards for our Contribution to Education across the City and continuously receive positive feedback from our course attendees.

We are also a charity (Charity no. 1148848) with a mission to use the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities across the city of Birmingham.

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If you would like some more information about the Online Primary Reading Conference, or our other English training courses and services, please email or call 0121 366 9950 and ask to speak to Emma Mudge.

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Join us for this exciting full-day online event! All sessions are included with your ticket.

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