English: improving reading (Code: C0870)

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course will draw on best practice approaches to engage learners in reading for work, study and pleasure, in order that they can improve their confidence to respond to texts in class and during assessments. The course will consider reading at word, sentence and text levels and will include 'whole text' approaches that can be used with learners to develop a range of reading skills.

Pricing options

There are two pricing options.

1. Individual fees

• SET member: £85

• Non-SET member: £100

2. In-house

Get the maximum value from your CPD budget and run an in-house course at a date and time to suit. In-house course: £500

To book an in-house course please follow this link: https://ccpathways.co.uk/shaping-success-bookings/


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Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. Free places are offered to ensure greater diversity on our courses, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset)
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • Consider yourself to have a disability
  • Come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book a single place. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet. Once selected, click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero and complete the booking.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least one week before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

SET Membership

SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount off this ETF professional development course.

Find out more about SET membership on the Society for Education and Training (SET) website.

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Who is this for?

This course is for tutors who teach GCSE, Functional Skills English or other tutors who need to develop learners' reading abilities.

Training aim

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course aims to help teachers work with learners to improve their reading abilities. It will review approaches trialled by post-16 teachers that help develop a reading culture in classrooms/ training settings and across institutions. Learners will see how reading widely can improve their knowledge of the world and help them to become more confident writers.


By the end of the session you will have:

  • an understanding of how to activate schematic knowledge to engage in and support reading
  • awareness of a range of strategies to help learners become active readers, able to identify audience, purpose and sequences of ideas
  • confidence to help learners be aware of how writers use grammar and other sentence-level techniques to engage and communicate
  • strategies to support learners to be aware of vocabulary and how writers use this to communicate effectively.


This is a blended learning course, which consists of two 2-hour live sessions and self-led learning between them. The live sessions will be held at least one week apart, giving you a week to complete the mid-course tasks.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available in your area, and you would like to attend then register your interest. We will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830
E: bookingsupport@etfoundation.co.uk