Literacy Conference 2021 - Keynote Speaker: Sonia Thompson

By One Education on 24 May 2021



Sonia is the Head Teacher at St Matthew’s C.E. Primary Teaching and Research School, in Nechells, Birmingham. The school were the first winners of the OU/UKLA Whole School Reading for Pleasure School of the Year, in 2018. Sonia is passionate about evidence-based reading for pleasure practices and places these at the heart of the school. She has run an OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Group for four years and is an advisor for the OU/UKLA Research Rich Pedagogies website. Sonia has judged for the UKLA Book Awards, as well as EmpathyLab 2020. She has spoken at various conferences about RfP, including Peters Love Literacy Conference and ResearchED. Sonia is a co-opted member of the UKLA National Council, representing the OU/UKLA Teacher Reading Group.

Summary of Keynote: Developing a Whole-School Evidence-Informed Reading Culture

In this keynote speech, Sonia will discuss how to build an evidence-informed reading culture across the whole school. She will delve into the research that underpins a robust Reading for Pleasure pedagogy and why it matters. Sonia will share her experiences in building a reading culture at St Matthew’s, sharing a case study example of the school’s development in Reading for Pleasure. She will offer suggestions as to how to use research to craft rigorous Reading for Pleasure practice appropriate to your school context.

Sonia tweets at @son1bun

You can find out more about St Matthew’s on the Research School website.

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