Study day Effective early reading: Phonics and so much more!

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Education and Childhood
Half day
Course Director
Dr Jane Carter; Dan Northover

This one day course is now open to expressions of interest.

Page last updated 7 February 2022


This half-day CPD course is the perfect opportunity to advance your teaching skills within the classroom.

Our Education courses are designed to help you advance your professional skills and enhance your teaching career. Teachers completing this CPD day course will be awarded a certificate of completion. The certificate will provide proof of your participation which will serve as evidence for your on-going development.

The course aims and outcomes include the following:

  • Contextualising the teaching of early reading: purpose, motivation and engagement.
  • Effective phonics teaching.
  • The role of reading for pleasure (even with a phonetically decodable text).
  • Developing vocabulary.
  • Exploring early fluency

Who is it for?

For primary and early years teachers in state and private sector schools. This programme is facilitated by our Senior Lecturers in Primary Initial Teacher Education.

What do I get out of it?

This half-day CPD is closely aligned with the 2019 Ofsted framework. 

During the day, you will experience first-hand practical activities that are linked to research led practice and explore how to how best to support your current approaches to the teaching of early reading. For each of the key areas covered, we will consider what effective practice looks like and how you can assess children's progress. We will also support you to consider how you can develop an action plan going forwards, as well as encourage you to think about how you can capture the impacts of your work on your children, the teachers in your school and/or your wider school community.



The course explores the research evidence that underpins the teaching and learning of early reading. The course will enable participants to develop practical skills and knowledge as well as encourage reflection on both how children develop as readers and how teachers can develop as teachers of reading.  

Learning and Teaching

How will I learn?

We are flexible in our delivery. Groups can be hosted onsite in one of our teaching rooms or lecture theatres. We are also able to deliver the course in your school or setting as a series of staff meetings or an inset day. If required, this course can be delivered remotely.

Professional values

Communication and interpersonal skills.


You will not be assessed on this half-course. Your attendance and participation are all that is required of you.


Study facilities

The Department of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol runs a variety of courses in early childhood and education studies, and is one of the largest providers of initial teacher training and continuing professional development in the region. Experienced tutors and leading researchers and practitioners in their fields teach in the Department. We have excellent facilities and a range of flexible study areas and online learning tools for our students.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information


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Please contact us directly to see if we can accommodate you on a date that best suits your timetable.

How to apply

How to apply

Should you wish to complete this course as an individual, please book your expression of interest online, by clicking 'Enquire' via the Apply Now button.

Large groups of up to 40 teachers can be catered for. To book large groups, please contact to make an enquiry.

If you are new to UWE Bristol CPD, you will need to register to use the Professional Development portal. If you have already registered on the Professional Development portal, sign in and complete the application.

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