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

11 February 2022: 9 am – 12 pm

with Dr Sarah Moseley

Sarah demonstrates 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.


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

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

9.20 am Session 1: What does an inclusive reading curriculum mean and what is our role in this?

You will learn:

  • the importance of purpose, participation, praise, pace and passion in learning to read
  • why learners with SEND may approach the task of reading with uneven patterns of language skills and what this means for a reading curriculum
  • the difficulties learners using AAC experience when learning to read and supportive strategies to use
  • the four aspects of processing in learning to read and what effect these have on the learning experiences provided both in school and at home

9.50 am Breakout Room Chat Task


10.00 am Session 2: The development of prerequisite skills in an inclusive reading curriculum

You will learn:

  • what a continuum of  prerequisite reading skills looks like for learners with complex needs
  • ideas and resources to engage and motivate learners learning to read
  • the importance of storytelling and drama
  • the effect of a literacy rich learning environment

10.30 am Breakout Room Chat 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: Creating an inclusive reading curriculum – continued…

You will learn:

  • the importance of rhythm, pattern and order, sound discrimination, awareness of vocabulary and intentionally of text in learning to read
  • the importance of attention skills and working memory
  • which practical online resources and key texts are available

11.40 am Questions and Answers

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

12 pm 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.



The following resources will be available in your account for one week after the course date: a digital recording of this event, any resources shared/signposted during the session and a transcript of Zoom chat.


Each place costs £60 plus VAT per place (£72 in total).



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: £60 plus VAT per place

(£72 including VAT)