Raising Achievement in Writing

£1,150.00 / £950.00 For additional attendees
12/10/2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
07/12/2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
01/02/2019 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
29/03/2019 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
24/05/2019 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
05/07/2019 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

This 6 day course will guide teachers and school leaders to develop high quality writing provision across the key stages in a rich reading curriculum.

Teachers will:

  • Choose and use a range of high quality texts to inspire writing
  • Model best practice in the teaching of writing
  • Use the CLPE Writing Scale to identify the continuum of development in writing and support all children to make progress, regardless of their starting points
  • Lead and develop practice across the school
  • Increase engagement and attainment in writing
  • Examine the recent research underpinning all teaching approaches
  • Engage in school-based gap tasks and reflections culminating in a case study evidencing impact
  • Take part in a writing workshop delivered by leading children's author Nicola Davies to develop your understanding of an authentic writing process 
  • Receive 3 high quality texts, a link to a quality film and 4 teaching sequences exemplifying how to use and apply strategies for raising engagement and attainment in writing across English lessons and the wider curriculum. 

 Day 1: Building a Community of Writers

  • Examine current data and priorities around engagement and attainment in writing
  • Identify focus children to study impact of course learning
  • Increase knowledge of quality children’s literature
  • Reflect on enabling environment and routines for writing
  • Understand the importance of teachers as writers
  • Learn simple bookmaking techniques that engage and inspire writing
  • Articulate a school vision for raising achievement in writing

Day 2: Inclusive Practice in Writing

  • Reflect and feedback on reading, gap task and focus children
  • Examine current research around vulnerable children’s language acquisition, engagement and attainment in writing
  • Consider the personality of the writer and the impact of free writing journals
  • Increase knowledge in choosing a range and breadth of engaging literature
  • Understand how a quality text can inspire writing across the curriculum
  • Engage in teaching approaches that support language acquisition
  • Identify and plan for vulnerable groups of pupils
  • Identify appropriate provision to ensure progress for all

Day 3:  The Reader in the Writer

  • Appreciate the importance of reading aloud in providing models of voice
  • Develop reader response – looking at language and grammatical choices
  • Engage in teaching approaches that enable children to learn grammar in context
  • Increase knowledge in enabling children to make controlled choices in their own writing
  • Explore the importance of content being shaped by purpose, audience and form
  • Increase knowledge of authentic and engaging forms of information texts
  • Provide authentic contexts for information writing, oral outcomes and publishing
  • Engage in teaching approaches that enable children to write non-fiction well

Day 4:  Developing Sophistication in Writing

  • Explore professional authors’ writing processes and examine authorial intent, choices and the impact on the reader
  • Increase expertise in deepening reader response to a range of text types
  • Develop expertise in using film to add depth to writing
  • Work with a short film and a novel to inspire writing
  • Engage in approaches that support children’s extended writing
  • Learn how to enable children to make sophisticated choices in their own writing
  • Develop routines to support an authentic writing process; drafting, editing and publishing
  • Reflect on effective teacher response, feedback and assessment of writing

Day 5:  Paper, Print and Digital Production

  • Reflect and feedback on reading, gap task, focus children and case study
  • Explore children’s progression in motor skills development
  • Identify effective provision for successful spellers
  • Develop expertise in teaching transcription skills
  • Increase knowledge of digital media texts
  • Reflect on young people’s engagement with digital media
  • Increase knowledge of how digital media can be used to enrich writing
  • Engage in approaches that support the creative production of multi-modal texts
  • Plan for children’s progression in digital text production

Day 6:  Reflection and Forward Planning

  • Evaluation of course impact: the case study
  • Identify next steps and priorities for the school writing community
  • Consider further opportunities to enrich writing
  • Engage in a practical writing workshop with leading, professional author Nicola Davies

"I have been completely inspired by this course, the mix of ideas from our tutor and the opportunity to share ideas with colleagues has been excellent."

Teacher, 2017

"Reading and listening to whole books, not simply extracts, helps pupils to increase their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge.. also help them to understand how different types of writing, including narratives, are structured. "

National Curriculum 2014
Webber Street
United Kingdom
  • Pupil Premium Funding
  • Lunch Included
  • Includes Resources