To be a young person in the 21st century is to read for pretty much every waking hour of the day - so those who tell us they don’t like “reading” are always amazed when they realise quite how much skilful reading they’ve accomplished by the end of this fun and busy workshop!

"I was totally in awe of your ability to engage the students; it has really given me food for thought with respect to how to introduce reading skills across our department (I think I have learned as much as the students!)." St Michael’s in Aylesbury




"Our students absolutely loved the workshops. They were all fully engaged in the sessions and I think they took away the importance of reading beyond the classroom. The ways they can get information from any kind of text. Jackson was absolutely wonderful – so engaging and our students really warmed to him." Boston High School


CSI: Reading Skills

From inference and deduction to skimming and scanning, from previewing to predicting and from context to content, CSI: Reading Skills makes no bones in drawing connections between the everyday skills required to interpret infographics and play computer games and those required to delve into more formal texts.

Specifically designed to support students in making those connections between different ways of “reading”, CSI: Reading Skills sees them working in small teams to help out in a time of national emergency – because a briefcase containing some Top Secret plans was discovered on the 8.42 to Little Padworth, destined for an Enemy Power. The only clues to the identity of the traitor are to be found in a pile of old train tickets, recipe, book reviews and faded photographs. If “read” correctly, however, they’ll allow the pupils to discover who took the plans - and why.

Reading is a focus throughout school life, of course - so we have versions of CSI: Reading Skills to suit every year group from Key Stage 2 - 4. So Years 3 and 4 at Brierley Primary (Crewe) thoroughly enjoyed realising quite how much they knew about both classic and contemporary children's fiction, Year 7 pupils at the Kingsway School (Stockport) were able to draw connections between their hunt for the spy and the work they had been doing on "Grammar Detectives" - and Year 8s at Quarrydale Academy (Mansfield) benefitted from extended workshops that added a whole new level of challenge!

New ... CSI: Reading Skills - The Sequel!

Developed by popular demand for schools who have already enjoyed and benefitted from CSI: Reading Skills, this engaging workshop sees students reacquainting themselves with the secret agents they've already investigated. This time, though, there's a plum job going - but only one of them can get it! Confronted with some of the candidates' work, students will need to recall their knowledge of famous books and authors, analyse spelling, read for context and use their powers of inference and deduction to decide which of them should be rewarded.\

CSI: Reading Skills - Have a Go Yourself - Free Resource 

All secondary schools who book CSI: Reading Skills or CSI: Reading Skills the Sequel will now receive a free resource guiding students through the process of creating their own intriguing mystery, which challenges their peers to solve it by using a whole range of  different reading skills!

Get in touch:

To find out more or to book a CSI: Reading Skills workshop please contact us on 0151 708 8886, or email us at You can also view our full range of workshops for primary and secondary schools here.