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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 (particularly championing the issue of Raising Boys’ Achievement), 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!

James Clements

James Clements regularly gives full-day professional development talks on 'Building an Outstanding Reading School: Meeting the Challenges of the 2014 National Curriculum.'
To find out more about attending or hosting an event with James Clements, contact your local consultant.

Events with James Clements!

James Clements

James Clements regularly gives full-day professional development talks on 'Teaching Writing: A Pathway to success.'
To find out more about attending or hosting an event with James Clements, contact your local consultant.

Read James Clements' blog for Oxford Education

2016 Teacher Assessment Performance Descriptors for Reading and Writing

Well, the long wait is over. The Department for Education have finally released the new performance descriptors that will form the basis for teacher assessment in 2016. James explains some things to bear in mind with the descriptors for English.

2016 Teacher Assessment Performance Descriptors for Mathematics and Science

James explains the new 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!

Discover your essential support for reading for pleasure

Case Studies

Case Studies (PDF)

Read our inspiring case studies from schools who have made reading for pleasure work for their pupils

5 ways we can support you (PDF)

Get your juniors reading for pleasure with this simple guide

Fiction packs for the classroom and school library (PDF)

Help children discover the wonder of reading with our fiction and poetry packs

Discover Oxford BookMatch

Navigate the world of children's books to find the right book for every pupil

Find resources and further support

5 ways we can support you (PDF)

Get your juniors reading for pleasure with this simple guide

Discover Oxford BookMatch

Navigate the world of children's books to find the right book for every pupil

Fiction packs for the classroom and school library (PDF)

Help children discover the wonder of reading with our fiction and poetry packs

Browse the Children's Library

Browse our full library...

There's something to inspire a love of reading in every child

James Clements on Oxford Owl

James Clements on Oxford Owl

Get school improvement advice from James' Oxford Owl page

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Raising boys' achievement

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.

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