Short courses


Which Book and Why: an Introduction to Guided Reading in Schools

  • 6 hours online teaching + independent study
  • 3 months


This online short course provides teachers with an introduction to the theory and practice of guided reading methodology.

The course is based around the book Which Book and Why (2nd Edition) (Bodman & Franklin, 2021). The cost of the course includes a copy of this book.

Who this course is for

This course is for practising teachers and higher-level teaching assistants (HLTA).

It's designed for those who are either new to the practice, or who have been using guided reading methods but not had training.

Course content

The course will cover:

  • the structure of a guided reading lesson
  • forming groups through assessment
  • reviewing progress
  • rationales and practices for text selection (fiction, non-fiction and decodable texts linked to Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programmes).

Teaching and structure 

The course will be based around the core text Which Book and Why.

There will be three live online sessions on Zoom on. You'll also have access to online materials and links to sessions/discussion boards, curated on Sway, for 3 months.


You'll receive a certificate of attendance after you complete the course.

Learning outcomes

This course will help you:

  • understand the principles and practice of guided reading, the role of the teacher, and matching the book to the needs of the child
  • be familiar with the structure of a guided reading lesson
  • understand the rationales for book banding and levelling of phonic materials
  • use the database included in the book materials to make informed book selection both for purpose and for learning objective

Course team

Glen Franklin

Glen Franklin

Glen is National Leader of Literacy at the International Literacy Centre at IOE, UCL's faculty of education and society. She is co-author of Which Book and Why.

Dr Susan Bodman

Dr Susan Bodman

Susan is a Reading Recovery National Trainer/Coordinator at IOE. She is co-author of Which Book and Why.

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00