Lessons in Inspiring Reading Comprehension in Primary Schools


Suzanne Horton, Louise Beattie & Branwen Bingle

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    The Authors

    Suzanne Horton has spent 20 years working in primary schools and has had experience teaching all year groups across the primary age phase. She worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) and as a Local Authority Literacy consultant while maintaining a teaching responsibility in school. She is currently subject leader for primary English at the University of Worcester and teaches on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate modules. She has recently been involved in the Lifelong Readers Project in co-operation with a number of European partners, funded with support from the European Commission.

    Louise Beattie has spent over 20 years working in secondary schools as a teacher of English. She has worked as subject leader, whole school literacy co-ordinator, local authority adviser and more recently English tutor at the University of Worcester for the secondary PGCE course. She has experience of teaching Key Stages 3 and 4, Post-16 and has taught literacy in Years 5 and 6. She has been a member of the National Association for the Teaching of English drama committee 2004–09 and is a committee member for the National Association of Advisers in English.

    Branwen Bingle moved from primary teaching into initial teacher education in 2008. Her career path to date has been anything but straightforward: she has been a supply teacher and support assistant for Service Children's Education; a basic skills tutor working with adults in the military; a private day nursery teacher working with 3- and 4-year-olds; a secondary English teacher working across Key Stages 3 and 4, including the teaching of GCSE English; and a subject leader for English in two Worcestershire Middle schools. In addition to her lecturing role, Branwen is currently working on doctoral research into children's literature and its potential influence on professional identity construction/aspiration.


    Every effort has been made to trace the copyright holders and to obtain their permission for the use of copyright material. The publisher and author will gladly receive any information enabling them to rectify any error or omission in subsequent editions.

    We would like to dedicate this book to our families for their unwavering support and patience.

    For Suzanne – Alex and Emma: my little readers.

    For Louise – Mum, Dad, Paul, Tilly and George.

    For Branwen – In memory of my mother Mervynne Payne: the most inspiring teacher of reading I have ever known.

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