Learning to read is one of the most important life skills teachers can help a child develop. Teaching reading is a vital part of a career in the classroom and engaging with the range of different learning styles children have is a real challenge. Trainee teachers need to learn how to address this variety of learning needs, and also meet the wider demands of the curriculum. Margaret Perkins helps students meet these challenges to become a confident, reflective teacher of reading by providing: * An in-depth explanation of phonics teaching alongside other teaching approaches, empowering trainees to choose the right approach for each individual child * Key research findings so students can apply the latest thinking to their teaching practice* School-based activities and independent learning tasks to help apply theory to practice, and develop teaching skills through self-reflection * Classroom scenarios of teacher-child interactions that demonstrate how children learn and respond to different teaching strategies.

Becoming an Outstanding Teacher of Reading

Becoming an Outstanding Teacher of Reading

Becoming an Outstanding Teacher of Reading

Chapter objectives

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • know what Ofsted regards as good practice in the teaching of reading
  • be able to relate the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011a) to the teaching of reading
  • be aware of sources of support and development for teachers of reading.


Over 15 years ago Jane Medwell and her colleagues carried out some research, sponsored by the then Teacher Training Agency, to discover the characteristics of effective teachers of literacy. They identified eight key elements which made a teacher really effective:

  • The emphasis in all teaching and learning was on meaning-making.
  • Teaching was done through the use of shared texts – these might be books which a class read and ...
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