Dianne Murphy

Founder and Director, Thinking Reading
Speaking at


7 Misconceptions About Teaching Adolescents to Read

Every year, around the world, millions of adolescents struggle with reading. Although there are many explanations for this phenomenon, few of them are supported by the vast body of research on reading. This session questions ‘mythical’ accounts for reading failure and points to the research that shows that virtually all children can learn to read well.


Dianne Murphy is a specialist reading intervention designer with a background in teaching, special education and linguistics. She developed Thinking Reading, a high-impact intervention specifically designed for adolescents, achieving remarkable results in New Zealand and the UK. In 2015 she won a Teach First Innovation Award and won Innovation Partnership status with Teach First in 2017. She is co-author of Thinking Reading: what every secondary teacher needs to know about reading, and works tirelessly to promote effective reading teaching as a matter of social justice

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Website: www.thinkingreading.net