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How new leadership training can help you to develop and embed reading in school

26 April 2022 Share

Gareth Alcott from the National College of Education explains how they're supporting reading and launches training for reading leaders as well as current and future school library staff.

“Reading well is a more important indicator of success than socio-economic and educational status of parent.” OECD/PISA 2002


In January 2022, the Department for Education published The Reading Framework, a culmination of their work around literacy over the past 15 years. The introduction is a strong reminder of the transformative power of reading:

Reading is fundamental to education. Proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language is vital for pupils’ success. Through these, they develop communication skills for education and for working with others: in school, in training and at work. Pupils who find it difficult to learn to read are likely to struggle across the curriculum, since English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching. This is why the government is committed to continuing to raise standards of literacy for all.” - DfE 2022

The paper went on to cite the importance of leadership across the school in pushing forward effective strategies to ensure that children read fluently, enabling them to maximise their educational potential. We know in our own experience that leadership of reading at both primary and secondary level is essential to the success of the young people in our care. The National College of Education, in association with a range of organisations and sector experts, has built an enriched curriculum to deliver successful leadership in reading at all levels.

The National College of Education (NCE) is currently the largest provider of leadership and management apprenticeships to schools in England. We are collaborating with reading experts in primary and secondary schools to develop a suite of additional support for leaders working to deliver evidence-based reading best practice in schools.

The NCE’s experience of supporting school leaders at all levels is significant, with over two thousand learners coming through our programmes since 2018. These leaders operate within a variety of settings across over one hundred Local Authorities and more than 350 Multi-Academy Trusts – an NCE Impact Report can be found here.

The aim in 2022/23 is to provide a range of professional learning opportunities for leaders of reading in a variety of settings by allowing them to join a dedicated cohort of learners. These cohorts across the Education Management Programme and Future Leaders Programme will allow middle and early career leaders the chance to engage with high quality professional development supported by a Professional Learning Mentor and a range of additional leadership content that has been created specifically for those settings.

Future Leaders Programme: Leading Libraries for their Future

- 12 months

- Team Leader Apprenticeship qualification 

- Eligibility: anyone currently working in, leading or aspiring to lead a school library, with aspirations to grow into a leader.

- Support provided by a Professional Learning Mentor

- Five enrichment sessions from Alison Tarrant, CEO of the School Library Association (SLA), covering all elements of school libraries – from engagement to research skills.

- Student membership to the SLA for the duration of the programme 

- Limited places on Cohort 1

- To secure you place book a call with the NCE Team here


Education Management Programme: Building a Reading School

- 19 months

- Departmental/Operations Manager

- Eligible learners will be English/Literacy Coordinators or leading reading within a school, Trust or organisation (Primary, Secondary or Special)

- Support provided by a Professional Learning Mentor

- Six enrichment sessions from Reading Intervention Specialist and national literacy expert, Alice Visser.

- Student membership to the School Library Association for 12 months

- Limited places on Cohort 1

- To secure you place book a call with the NCE Team here.


These programmes are fully funded by the apprenticeship levy and have been created in association with the Chartered Management Institute, national reading experts, OTSA , SLA and NCE, to ensure that the content meets both the generic challenges of leading an organisation and the specific leadership challenges of leading on reading. 


What next? 

To find out more about the training sign up to our webinar at the end of June - but places are limited, so if you're interested do have a chat with one of the NCE team. 

To apply for either of these limited-place programmes, book a meeting with the NCE Team here.

For Trusts who require multiple places on one or both programmes, contact Gareth Alcott gareth.alcott@nationaleducation.college

For further details on the programmes click: Library programme here or for the Reading Programme here