Research into reading and its development is important. Learning to read provides a young person with access to education and learning, to employment, to health and well-being and to culture; it allows them to contribute to and benefit from society. It follows from this that a greater understanding of how children learn to read, why some children might struggle and what can be done to boost and nurture effective learning must be key research priorities.
Our research is helping us to understand how children learn to read. But it can't operate in a vacuum. We need input from teachers and education professionals to help us frame our research questions. We need to understand better what happens in classrooms, what characterises best practice in teaching and how we can work together to best share knowledge with colleagues working in schools.
We invite colleagues who share are commitment to better understanding how children learn to read to join us as a ReadOxford Partner: teachers, literacy and language co-oridnators, SENCOs, school-based Research Leads and other educational professionals are all welcome. We particularly welcome colleagues working in Oxfordshire
As a ReadOxford Partner you will be invited to special events where there will be an opportunity to find out about our research and share your expertise with us. You will also receive updates by email about our research projects and findings. We are also happy to visit Partner schools to give talks about our work and the science of reading, and to contribute to CPD events. Becoming a Partner brings no obligation to participate in our research, but we will be delighted if you are interested in working with us directly. Our experiments are fun for the children and we work hard to fit in with classroom routines. You can learn more about how we work with schools here. We are also keen to develop access to resources in psychology and the science of reading that teachers might like to use in their classes.