Teaching & Learning

Reading Award

Demonstrate your school’s commitment to building a successful reading curriculum and inspire a child’s love of reading with the One Education Reading Award.

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Why choose the One Education Reading Award

The One Education Reading Award is a Reading Quality Standard for schools and settings. It is the only Reading Quality Mark that supports schools with the development of their entire Reading curriculum.

The process has been very supportive, really helping school improvement. We aren’t finished yet, but the award is already having a huge impact on raising the profile of reading across school.

Sally Judge
Delamere School

We wanted to complete the award to offer an opportunity to evaluate our current and future work in reading. We found the process extremely supportive and powerful – it enabled our school to build on what we currently do and work on what we need to. Children’s outcomes and the quality of reading experiences vastly improved, with the award bringing collaboration and consistency.

Helena Angstmann
St. Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

We chose to work towards the award to raise the profile of reading in our school, to train staff on how to teach reading effectively and to help children enjoy reading more. Completing the award is raising the awareness and importance of reading for teachers, children and parents. It has been a turning point for our school.

Afsheen Bassirian
Peel Hall Primary School

Reading Award

Reading Award

Schools will be awarded bronze, silver or gold awards to celebrate their efforts in promoting literacy and the pleasure of reading. With over 100 schools involved across the country, participants will have the chance to join our network of Reading Award partner schools, learning from one another and growing in practice together.

How Does the Reading Award Work?

Schools can choose one of three awards to work towards:

  • Bronze: good provision is evident in Reading
  • Silver: excellent provision is evident in Reading
  • Gold: excellent provision is embedded across all areas of Reading

Schools will then have one calendar year to complete the award, using the criteria and over 250 resources to guide their development of Reading. Throughout the process, schools will gather evidence for each of the criteria.

After a review of evidence is completed and successful you will have achieved your award.

Reading Award accreditation lasts for three years. It can then be renewed through a streamlined assessment process.

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Our packages

There are 3 packages for your school to choose from detailed below. Schools will also be assigned a Reading Award consultant to support their journey with advice and recommendations.

All packages include the following essentials:

● An individual Reading Award log on

● Access to the Reading Award criteria and guidance

● Access to the resources hub and secure evidence upload hub

● Access to online CPD including webinars

● Support via email

● An online evidence review and feedback

● A Reading Award plaque and logo on completion

Package 1 provides schools with online access to the Reading Award. This is ideal for schools who feel confident to work through the award without bespoke support. However, schools who purchase Package 1 can upgrade to an evidence review in school if they wish.

Our other packages offer bespoke in-school support in addition to all the essentials listed above. This support can be completed both remotely or face-to-face, depending on the preference of the school.

Package 2 offers 2 half days of in-school support.

Package 3 offers 4 half days of in-school support.

Examples of in-school support include: reviewing of current practice against the Reading Award criteria; reviewing book stock; conducting CPD training for staff and much more.

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Reading Award for Secondary Schools

The Reading Award for Secondary Schools

Following the success of our Reading Award with primary schools, SEND schools and Alternative Provision settings, we have now developed our Secondary Reading Award. A strong Reading curriculum is crucial to a successful secondary-level education. By developing students’ reading, both for purpose and for pleasure, we can give them the very best chance to succeed at school and beyond.

Like the criteria used for primary schools, the Secondary Reading Award helps schools develop their Reading provision in three key areas:

  • Reading for Fluency
  • Reading for Meaning
  • Reading for Enjoyment

Meeting the 'Standards for teachers’ professional development', our CPD is in line with DfE recommendations. Courses are designed to meet your needs and can be bespoke to you and your school with an aim improve pupil outcomes in Mathematics and increase engagement levels. You will be equipped with a range of knowledge, resources and skills whilst our specialists instil in you a love of the subject, enthusiasm and increased motivation.

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Reading Award for Special Schools and Alternative Provision

Working in partnership with Bridgelea Primary School, Manchester, and Springwood Primary, Salford, we have adapted the Reading Award criteria to support special schools and alternative provision settings.

We aspire to support all children to access the many benefits that reading can bring. For more information on how we can support your school to develop your approach to Reading, please contact Laura Lodge.

Alongside Prospere Learning Trust, we are also developing plans to extend the Reading Award into secondary special schools and alternative provision settings.

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How Businesses Support our Reading Award

By becoming one of our valued partners, businesses support us to develop reading in the schools where it is needed most and help us to make a huge difference to a school’s reading provision

We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities or work together with businesses to develop a bespoke CSR project that suits their particular needs.

A big thank you to all our Business Reading Champions!

Free Resources

Free Sample Resources

One of the highlights of our Reading Award is the amazing resources hub, home to over 250 high-quality resources to support Reading provision in school. Always expanding, the resource hub includes leadership resources, planning, book lists, CPD sessions, and much more.

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Training courses

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Meet the team

Head of School Improvement, Maths and Literacy

Jo Gray

Jo has many years of school leadership experience, working with schools all over the North West and beyond. She works across Early Years, KS1 and KS2 delivering leadership support, whole school curriculum and Literacy support. She is lead moderator for KS1 and 2 in Oldham and monitors SATs and Phonics for Manchester. Jo is a self-confessed book addict who is passionate in supporting ALL children and staff in striving to be the best they can be.

Jo’s favourite teacher at school was Miss Carroll (who later became Mrs. King). She was down to earth yet inspiring - encouraging Jo to have a can-do attitude which stayed with Jo during her education and beyond. (She was also an amazing storyteller!)

Senior Education Consultant and Reading Award Lead

Laura Lodge

Laura, a curriculum expert in KS1 and KS2 Reading for the DfE and an experienced moderator, specialises in providing bespoke training to schools across the curriculum, with a particular focus on English. She leads the One Education Reading Award and is passionate about ensuring every child becomes a fluent reader who loves to read.

Her favourite teacher at school was Mr Shaw, who made History absolutely thrilling through his very dramatic retelling of historical events and passion for all things History.

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