How to develop core pre requisite and emergent reading skills for our most complex learners

With Dr Sarah Moseley

30 April 2021 9am – 12pm

Why should I attend?

In this session the focus will be on the development of literacy skills as an entitlement of all learners, including those defined as having PMLD and the most complex needs.


This course is a more in-depth look at the prerequisites of reading than ‘Teaching Reading to ALL’, so it is a good follow-up to this if you want to know more.  Equally, it is perfect as a standalone course.


The focus will be on how to develop the foundation skills for literacy learning for this group and where to begin. We will deepen understanding about the prerequisite skills such as engagement and motivation, communication skills, sense of rhythm, pattern and order, sound discrimination, awareness of vocabulary and intentionally of text along with attention skills and developing the working memory.


The aim is to demonstrate how to create a reading curriculum for all, exploring the continuum of prerequisite skills and ways to provide an engaging, motivating and creative reading curriculum for our most complex learners, specifically touching on ideas for the home environment and empowering parents/carers.


9.00 am Admissions and virtual tea/coffee to start the session

9.10 am Welcome & introduction to agenda and outline of Zoom routines and protocol

To cover:

  • Use of microphone; when to mute/unmute

  • Use of Video especially in breakout rooms
  • What happens when we breakout

  • Using chat

  • How to ask a question

  • Use of hands up/clapping symbols

9.15 am Warm-up activity: Why do you read? What makes us pick up a book?

9.25 am Session 1: Why prioritise reading in current pandemic? 

9.45 am Breakout Room Chat Task


10.00 am Session 2: An inclusive reading curriculum and the development of prerequisite skills: theory.

10.25 am Practical Task

10.40 am COFFEE BREAK and mini online learning course

11.00 am Discussion of key points from online learning course

11.10 am Session 3: An inclusive reading curriculum and the development of prerequisite skills: practical.

11.35 am Questions and Answers

Please add questions to Zoom chat, so that any unanswered live can be followed up after the session.

11.45 pm Reflective Practice Session

Delegates to list 3 things they will followup/action/share/ as a result of this course – can be put in Zoom chat or any resource of your choice.

11.55 am Plenary Session

A reminder about continuing CPD activities, future collaboration, reflective practice, further resources and contact details.


12 noon Thank you and close of session!

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with complex learning needs and autism.



Any resources shared/signposted during the session (i.e. during Zoom chat) will be emailed to delegates as a pdf after the session.



If you wish to make a group booking for this course – we can do this quickly and easily for you!  Please email a spreadsheet with the first name/surname/email addresses of the delegates you wish to book for.  This should go to  We will then create access to this course for your colleagues.  A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking and we can send you an invoice.

Dr Sarah Moseley

Sarah has over 25 years’ experience of working in special and mainstream education, in roles from teaching assistant to Headteacher. She has a solid research background which includes a master’s degree and PhD in Special Education, focusing on the teaching of reading for pupils with SEND and inclusion.

Important information before you book


The ‘Book now!’ button will take you to a new page where you can book and pay for this course.  Please note: if you are booking for someone else, please create the account using their name and email address.  You will still be able to pay by credit card (even it has a different name/school name on it.)

Cost: £45 plus VAT per place

(£54 including VAT)