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St Dennis

Primary Academy

Everyone Matters, Everyone Succeeds, Every Moment Counts

How we train our staff to become reading experts

How we train staff to be reading experts at St Dennis Primary Academy


  • All staff have received recent RWI training through development days led by an approved RWI trainer.
  • Staff attend weekly refresher sessions with the Phonics Lead. Practice Maps are kept up to date.
  • The school is a partner school with English Hub Kernow and receives termly visits which incorporate training.
  • Staff have been trained in reading comprehension strategies through modelling and supported practice.
  • Experts have been identified within the school team and peer mentors created  to cascade excellence from within.
  • Through monitoing, the Reading Lead ensures adherance to the reading guidance booklet best practice.
  • SLT offer in-house coaching at the point of teaching.
  • Links have been made across Trust schools to give staff the opportunity to observe staff teaching in other settings.
  • First phase teaching is high quality across the school and is evident through personalised CPD.
  • Trust Lead in place to support any identified training needs.
  • Clear timeline of training opportunities has been mapped out with a focus on self review and reflection of individual practice.
  • Teaching assistants receive the same CPD opportunities as teachers, and are viewed as teaching partners.
  • Reading Lead attends TPAT English network meetings and key information is fed back to all staff.
  • A full monitoring schedule is in place to ensure agreed approaches and consistency in reading across the school.
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  • Carne Hill, St Dennis, Saint Austell
  • PL26 8AY
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St Dennis Primary Academy is part of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 08880841. Registered address: Academy House, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro, Cornwall. TR4 9LD