Study day Exploring reading comprehension: Investigating inference at KS2

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:

  • Identifying the skills of comprehension and the strategies to develop those skills
  • Understanding how these skills and strategies are used to enable inference
  • Conceptualising inference as using the evidence and clues in the text to, through reasoning, interpret meaning
  • The key role of vocabulary in inference making
  • Approaches to teaching it all!

Who is it for?

For primary and early years school teachers at state and private sector schools.

What do I get out of it?

During the day, you will experience first-hand practical activities that are linked to research led practice and explore how to develop your current approaches to the teaching of reading comprehension. Inference, as a key element of comprehension, will be explored with a focus on the different ways inference impacts on understanding of text as well as consider some practical approaches to developing inference through the structuring of questions, active approaches to engaging with text and exploring the role of vocabulary in inference.



The course explores the research evidence that underpins the teaching and learning of reading comprehension with a focus on inference. 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

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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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