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Everything you need for a SHARP Guided Reading Programme



Face-to-face teacher training in guided reading from beginner readers through to fluent comprehenders.

ONLiNE Training

Where you can't attend a workshop, in-your-own time training. Includes tutorials, video modelling,  resources.

SHARP Stories

High interest texts for Guided and Shared Reading RA 7-16yrs with extensive follow-up activities.


Quickly identify decoding issues and the weak comprehender.

NEWS - the latest from SharpReading

Brian is just back from SharpReading workshops in Hong Kong and Shanghai. This included our first connection with Kinder teachers who were wrapped with the delivery of the workshops.  "We learned so much and really appreciated your practical approach".  Shanghai United International School sent large groups of teachers who took advantage of seeing the routines in action.  Great Q&A discussions resulted. As we have learnt from experience, teachers worldwide struggle with the same issues when it comes to teaching reading.

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Keep in touch with what we are doing.

Hilton and Brian have been teaching and training teachers for more years than they care to remember. SharpReading Network is their semi-regular attempt to share the humble insights that they gain from working alongside you, the teacher, and your students. 

We are continually looking for ways to SHARPEN the teaching and learning process and provide support for teachers so that reading instruction is meaningful and manageable. 

"A great training day. So practical...can't wait to get back to my classroom and SHARPen up my kids."

"I love how manageable you have made reading instruction! I have such a clear picture in my head of what my programme should look like!"

Guided Reading Workshops

Very practical, 'ready to teach the next day' workshops get you started with our approach to Guided Reading.

Our pedagogy is based on keeping it SIMPLE and ensuring that students always experience SUCCESS. It takes time to HABITUALISE reading strategies so there must be systems in place to allow this to happen. And the outcome must be student AUTONOMY. How do we do that? Through structured ROUTINES and a simple developmental learning PROGRESSION. That's SHARP!

School PD - alternatively we come to you for whole school training, a start-up workshop, in-classroom coaching and ongoing training of your own in-school trainers to make sure the implementation is right and you get the very best outcomes. 

AND it gets results ... check out the data!

SharpReading ONLiNE

SharpReading ONLiNE means our Guided Reading training is just a click away. 

We walk you through the theoretical background and show you annotated video of the teaching routines in action in the classroom. Go away and have a go. Come back with fresh eyes and see what you missed. 

We also provide ONLiNE Follow-up to all our workshops so that you can revisit the video clips to continue your learning well after the initial training. 

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"Learning at my own pace in my own time really works for me. The ONLiNE learning progression is really clear and and I can download everything I need. Email support is always available."

"These stories are the best thing. Kids love them. I wouldn't be without them for guided reading."

SHARP Stories for your Guided Reading Lessons

Our focus is on reading ages from 7-16 and we are adding to our collections of fiction and non fiction; carefully written, high impact text to get the most out of those so important guided reading lessons.

Check out our  StoryBytes,  Short Stories,  InfoBytes,  Information Reports, all with follow up activities based on Bloom's Taxonomy to develop independent after reading comprehension skills.

SHARP Assessment

Our Informal Prose Inventory is specifically for those students who have had a couple of years instruction and are beyond the emergent reading phase. There is a running record component which allows you to check their decoding strategies, a retell section so you can check their ability to process and hold onto the content and Q&A. Tests are from RA 6-15yrs.

Provides that all important insight into whether your students are really processing text or just efficient decoders.

"I have been using these tests for years. I try other things but always end up coming back to IPI because it gives me the best data on my kids."

Teacher Testimonials

"As a Curriculum leader in a variety of schools I have been working with the SharpReading program and products for a number of years. I have been really impressed with all aspects of SharpReading."

Tracey Shields
Coolum Beach Christian College, QLD

"SharpReading has been an essential part of our school reading programme for 2 years. I can’t believe how good the Year 3 and 4 students are at unpacking sentences. Their ability to really process and think about what the sentence is saying is so good!"

Andrea Barr
Spreydon School, Christchurch

"Thank you SharpReading for StoryBytes! These resources are becoming a big part of my reading programme. The stories are just the right length with lots of interesting vocabulary and ideas - my readers love them and we all look forward to a new story every week."

Charlotte Reid
Otonga School

Latest Blog Post

CREATING - Coming up with new ideas

April 4, 2018
This can be the really fun part of follow-up reading activities. A good story, that has been properly processed and understood, should have created a vivid impression on the imagination of the reader. To invite the reader to grapple further with the ideas in the text; to create new possibilities and...
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The SharpReading Team

Hilton Ayrey

Brian Parker

Janine Greer
Christchurch Trainer

Andrea Barr
Christchurch Trainer

West Australian SharpReading Consultants

Jill Buckrell

Kerry Handley

Christopher Witt

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