Schoolstoreng and Oxford University Press recently held Oxford Reading Tree workshops for teachers in Lagos and Abuja. Nicholas Sullivan who facilitated the event has been Head Teacher of an outstanding large inner city Infant School in the UK for over 20 years.  

The objective of the workshop was to help teachers model effective teaching skills to achieve high standards in reading with Oxford University Tree and to explore practical activities for classroom use. Over 100 teachers attended the workshops in Lagos and Abuja from all the leading private international schools. 

Nicholas took the teachers through some key topics on implementing a reading program in the classroom, including the following: 

  • Setting up a Reading Scheme
  • Formal assessment with Oxford Reading Tree
  • Reading strategies
  • Managing mixed abilities
  • Involving parents 

The feedback from the workshops was excellent with teachers expressing their optimism to go back and implement the key leanings in their classrooms. 

A major takeaway from the workshop: Reading requires discipline. To form this in children requires implementing predictable routines in the classroom, around the school and at home. Children who have predictable everyday routines will likely pick up a book to read. 

Comments from Participants

I enjoyed the fact that the ideology was linked to classroom practice. Lara Agbosasa Doveland School Head of Primary


Oxford Reading Tree helps with the appropriate delivery of guided reading and independent reading in the classroom. It also helps to assess and determine the appropriate reading ability of a child. Toyin Imisioluwa Head TeacherSpring British School Abuja 

General Overview from Participants

The workshop was well detailed and organized. We learnt how to teach phonics systematically and practice phonics with decodable readers more than any other reading program. With the workshop we were able to understand the leveling and progression of the oxford reading tree books through a huge selection of stories with children’s best loved characters. Using Oxford reading Scheme in your school will help bridge the Gap from Phonics to richer reading.

Thanks to Avicenna International School GRA Ikeja and Whitedove School Abuja for hosting the events and making their excellent facilities available.  

Below are pictures of the session in action.