The Great North Reading Conference, Durham: 19th May 2020

This event will provide practical strategies for engaging children in reading aimed at: KS2 Practitioners, English and/or Reading teachers, Senior Leaders, and Assistant, Deputy and Headteachers.

Keynote Speeches from:

Experienced Primary English Consultant, Jane Considine (creator of the Training Space, a lead provider of practical resources in the primary classroom) and award-winning children’s author and 2001 Children’s Laureate, Anne Fine OBE. See their bio’s below.

Engage in practical workshops by leading SLE’s in the North East such as:

– Great ways to teaching Reading through the Curriculum

– Top Strategies to ensure a successful Deep Dive in Reading

– How to increase Reading for Pleasure across your whole school

Tickets are £85.00+VAT per delegate.
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You can Register Your Interest for this event and we will contact you in a few weeks’ time to book your place, or let you know if tickets are running low.


But That’s Not All…

Choose from a wide range of workshops delivered by experienced SLE’s and other professionals and browse our exhibition stands including:

  • The Roving Bookshop
  • Seven Stories
  • The National Literacy Trust
  • St Michael’s English Hub (Durham)
  • Middlesbrough English Hub
  • Reading Plus
This all-day event will run from 8:15 am to approximately 4:30 pm.

Jane Considine

Jane Considine, author of The Write Stuff and Hooked on Books, has provided education consultancy to schools for over 18 years. Her expertise in the teaching of literacy has enabled her to help teachers all over the UK to raise the outcomes of their pupils. Jane’s presentation style, combined with her in-depth knowledge, ignites enthusiasm in teachers and pupils alike.

Jane leads conferences and courses across the country and also visits schools to deliver training to whole staff teams and work alongside small groups of teachers. Dedicated to research informed practice, Jane Considine set up her own training centre in Northamptonshire called ‘The Training Space’ in 2016. This centre is now Jane’s hub and is a space for teachers to explore Jane’s teaching systems by accessing training, becoming part of action research projects and exploring resources that Jane has developed to support teachers in primary classrooms.

Anne Fine OBE

Anne Fine is a distinguished writer for both adults and children.  Her novel Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize as well as Britain’s most coveted award for children’s literature, the Carnegie Medal. She won the Carnegie Medal again for Flour Babies, which also won the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award. Among her many other prizes are the Smarties Prize for Bill’s New Frock, a second Whitbread Award for The Tulip Touch,   silver Nestle prizes for Bill’s New Frock and Ivan the Terrible, and many other regional and foreign awards.

In 1990 and again in 1993 she was voted Publishing News’ Children’s Author of the Year. In 1998, she was the UK nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Adaptations of her work have been screened by the BBC and her novel Madame Doubtfire was adapted for film under the title Mrs Doubtfire.

Anne Fine became Children’s Laureate in 2001 and during her two years of office set up the Home Library (free downloadable modern bookplates still available from , published three classic anthologies of poetry for different age groups, called A Shame to Miss 1, 2 & 3, and was instrumental in the setting up of ‘s ever expanding lending library of braille and moon picture books shared between sighted parents and visually impaired children, and vice versa.

Anne Fine has also published eight highly acclaimed novels for adults, including In Cold Domain, Telling Liddy, All Bones and Lies and Raking the Ashes. Her work for both adults and children has been translated into forty five languages. In 2003 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded an OBE. Anne has two grown up daughters, and lives in County Durham.


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