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Oxford Expert Speaker Programme James Clements

James Clements

Learning to read and discovering the wonder of books changes people's lives.

In his role as a senior leader of an outstanding inner city primary school, James Clements helped develop effective reading provision and was consulted on the new National Curriculum for primary schools.

James Clements was also a local authority Lead Teacher, leading training, and supporting teaching and learning across numerous schools.

James is now an English adviser, supporting schools and local authorities to develop the teaching of reading, writing and drama. He is the creative director of Shakespeare and More, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes effective English teaching.

He is also the author of the Building an Outstanding Reading School Pathway, one of a number of Pathways at the heart of Oxford Owl, which provide a unique new four-step approach to effective school improvement.

An outspoken advocate of reading for pleasure, James has also authored the Building an Outstanding Reading School Report, which lays out six clear strategies for making reading for pleasure work in schools.

Events with James Clements

Event Overview

James Clements Reading Event Overview (PDF)

Find out more about James' full day event, 'Building an Outstanding Reading School: Raising standards through creating an authentic reading culture'

Event Overview

James Clements Writing Event Overview (PDF)

Find out more about James' full day event, 'Teaching Writing: Raising Standards for a Whole-School Approach'

Expert Session Overview

James Clements Curriculum Design Event Overview (PDF)

Find out more about James' half day event 'Curriculum Design for Primary School English: Principles and Practice'

Contact your local educational consultant

Contact your local educational consultant

To find out more about attending or hosting an event with James Clements, contact your local consultant.

Events Near You

Events Near You

Find your nearest professional development events.

Read James Clements' blog for Oxford Education

Teacher Assessment Performance Descriptors for Reading and Writing

James explains some things to bear in mind with the descriptors for English.

Teacher Assessment Performance Descriptors for Mathematics and Science

James explains the performance descriptors for mathematics and science and what they mean for teachers.

Back to School Tips

We asked James Clements for his top back to school tips, and here’s what he said. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re an old hand, or you’re getting to know your very first class!

James Clements on Oxford Owl

James Clements on Oxford Owl

Get school improvement advice from James' Oxford Owl page

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Series

Read Write Inc.

Read Write Inc.

Raising standards in literacy for every child

Series

Oxford Reading Buddy

Oxford Reading Buddy

A new digital reading service to help every child develop key comprehension skills

Series

Oxford Reading Tree

Oxford Reading Tree

The magic key to a lifelong love of reading

Series

Project X

Project X

Raising boys' achievement

Series

TreeTops Fiction

TreeTops Fiction

Expertly levelled stories to unlock the love of reading in every child

Professional Development

Becoming a Reading School: Six strategies to make reading for pleasure work in your school report (PDF)

Becoming a Reading School: Six strategies to make reading for pleasure work in your school report (PDF)

This report is about the relationship between a school’s reading culture and children’s attainment. It considers how reading for pleasure can be organised to support all children to become confident, keen and capable readers. It is about becoming an outstanding reading school.

Professional Development

James Clements introduces the six strategies (video)

James Clements introduces the six strategies (video)

James Clements explains how to make reading for pleasure work in your school to achieve the ultimate goal, children who can read and who choose to read. Find out more about our Building an Outstanding Reading School campaign.

2 min 34 seconds

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