Developing a reading school where adults and children love books

Simon and Clare will share how Hartford Manor has grown into a reading school. They will explore the how 6 key strategies underpin reading at their school.

By One Education on 08 Jul 2020

Literacy Conference 2020 - Keynote Speaker: Simon Kidwell and Clare De Wolf

Biographies:

Simon has worked as a Headteacher for thirteen years. He has led three successful Primary schools to achieve rapid and sustained improvement. He is working with the local literacy hub to support local schools, facilitated the implementation of the "Every Child a Reader" programme in two schools and believes that reading is the heart of school improvement.

In addition to his role as a Headteacher, Simon is an Associate School Improvement Advisor for Cheshire West and has worked with a number of schools to help them achieve good outcomes for children. He is the serving Cheshire Branch Secretary for the Cheshire National Association of Headteachers and was voted onto their Executive Board repressing the North-West of England. Simon uses his position to champion children, teachers and school leaders and makes regular contributions to local and national media.

Clare has worked as a class teacher for more than twenty years with the greater part of this being in upper Key Stage 2. For a number of years, she has worked with small groups to target specific needs and overcome barriers to learning.

She values and promotes a broad and balanced curriculum with reading at the heart of it. Clare is passionate about encouraging ‘teachers as readers’ and getting children to want to read for pleasure. Her appetite for children’s literature leaves her happily book rich but wallet poor with a ‘to be read’ pile that threatens to topple at any moment.


Summary of Keynote

Developing a reading school where adults and children love books.

Simon will share how Hartford Manor has grown into a reading school. He will explore the how 6 key strategies underpin reading at their school.

  • Early reading
  • Developing book centred curriculum
  • Nurturing reading teachers
  • Developing strong reading networks
  • Promoting book talk and vocabulary
  • Building a school literature spine

Follow Simon on Twitter: @simonkidwell

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