My enquiry plan – first draft


What’s the problem? Reading attitudes in children involved with inclusion service – i.e. attending an inclusion base.

How are practitioners supporting?

Are there strategies we are not using, which may support.

Negative reading attitudes –> decreased reading attainment –> impact on learning in school, life-long learning, attainment gap, life chances, job opportunities

Many children attending inclusion base have negative experiences of school. Literacy often a trigger for behaviour/refusal. Reading often not viewed positively. Attainment gap, especially following Covid lockdown. Children attending assessment placements – focus on reading, writing and numeracy.


NIF – improvement in attainment, particularly in literacy and numeracy, and closing the attainment gap. This is more important than ever following the predicted widening of the attainment gap due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic (Markowitz, 2020).

One of Dumfries and Galloway council’s priorities is to “Provide the best start in life for all our children” with a further statement to “Raise ambition and attainment, in particular to address inequalities”. The service improvement plan for the inclusion base aims to “provide excellence and equity for pupils through raising attainment in Numeracy and Literacy, by using individualised assessments and to provide smart planning based on assessment results”.

What’s already known? Google scholar, EBSCO – research literature review.

Qualitative approach as focusing upon opinions and beliefs through interviewing colleagues (inclusion practitioners)

How will you know what happened? The aim is to create a bank/toolkit of strategies that are and can be used within an inclusion base setting.

Toolkit will be created through staff interviews on their belief and strategies.

Change will be measured via scaled entry and exit surveys with the children undertaking an inclusion placement (six week placements in the first instance).

Pupil voice collected about which reading strategies are used with them/ what helps promote a love of reading

Implement the idea

What happened? What data did you collect?

Practitioner opinions – strategy bank

Pupil voice – comments, scaled surveys

PM benchmarking – at start and end of placement

What does that tell you?

The strategy bank will help collect and collate a range of strategies we can use to promote positive reading attitudes.

Pupil voice will record what strategies work, surveys will record how effective our strategies are and PM benchmarking will provide tangible quantifiable results on impact upon attainment.

What have you learnt? How are you going to change your practice?

Using a wider range of strategies to help promote reading attitudes.

How will you share? Who:

  • needs to know? – Inclusion practitioners, area team manager, education officer
  • would like to know? – Headteachers, mainstream teachers
  • can also learn from your enquiry? mainstream teacher


10 thoughts on “My enquiry plan – first draft”

  1. Hi Heather – this looks fabulous and I can see that you have given this a great deal of thought. You have shared a coherent plan. Can I ask you to tell a little more about the tools that you plan to use? For instance you talk about collecting ‘pupil voice’ – how do you propose to do that? Will it be by interview in a group or individuals?

    Thank you for posting your plan! Fabulous!

  2. Hi Heather. I agree, this is looking great! When you have a clear idea of the strategies you will be trying from Jan-Mar, that will help keep your plan very manageable. You don’t want to overload yourself and give yourself too many strategies to trial in a relatively short period.

  3. Wow, love this! I really like how you thought about the last 3 boxes. I think I’ll take a second look at the last 3 one son mine (the future bit) as I looked at the now bit.

  4. Good morning Heather

    I hope that you are well and managing to find some quiet in the chaos. I am here if you need a hand with your enquiry. I hope that you have a restful holiday.


  5. Hi Heather. I just wanted to say that if you need to, please go ahead and alter your question and/or plan however you see fit in order to suit this sudden situation of remote learning. You have to make your enquiry just as responsive as you are to a changing environment! You can contact LA or me direct if you’d like any advice or to run something by us.

    1. Thanks Emma, I had a good chat with Stephanie at the catch up day and have a clear plan of action in my mind. I am in the situation that my base is closed and is likely to remain closed until after Easter at the earliest. I’ve been told I may be deployed into a childcare setting but who knows how that will work and if that will happen. Instead I am undertaking an enquiry into colleagues reading attitudes/ strategies they use.

  6. Hi Heather – hope that you are well and you are managing to get a little time to yourself! If I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me. Happy to chat anything through.

    Take care

    1. Hi Lesley Ann,
      I’m enjoying the challenges of home schooling at the moment so a bit under pressure (as we all are!). I had a really good chat with Stephanie about my plan going forward in the climate of Covid and school closures during the catch up session so think I am well organised. Hope you don’t mind me mentioning but I’ve just noticed that you are at Barassie PS? A girl I went through uni with works there I’m sure.

  7. Wow – this looks brilliant! you have planned this out in a lot of depth and I like your use of visual image of your plan – makes the process appear straight forward and less complicated.

    1. Thanks Deborah -doing the plan definitely brought back memories of doing a probationer research enquiry! I couldn’t see how to write it out so had to draw it.

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