CPD resources

Supporting teachers is central to our mission. Our CPD resources provide simple and to-the-point guidance around key literacy themes and teaching techniques.

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Our bite-sized CPD guides provide insight into a variety of literacy techniques, supported with research and written in partnership with the Chartered College of Teaching.

Perfect to read over a cup of coffee or print out and share with colleagues, these single-page resources will support literacy in your classroom.

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We know that the use of phonics is hugely important, but this alone does not lead to great scores in reading. Learners also need to develop skills in comprehension and inference. So, how do we move on from decoding so that learners can understand the text, picking up on what is happening along with the underlying themes?

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Reading with young children is an important activity to support early language and literacy. During shared reading, adults and children talk about and around the book, rather than focus just on the text. The adult encourages children to play an active, rather than passive role.

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Speech and language needs have been linked to higher levels of disruptive behaviour and government statistics show that over 74 per cent of young people in a youth offenders institute have below-average communication skills, and over 60 per cent have speech, language and communication needs.

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Failure to develop efficient and legible handwriting in primary school can have negative consequences for academic achievement and self-esteem. The physical demands of writing increase as children progress through school, making it essential that children learn effective habits to increase or maintain legibility and speed.

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The purpose of reading is to understand text – to construct meaning from the written word. Metacognition is a well-evidenced, key component in enabling pupils to do this effectively.

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The 250+ graphemes used to spell words in English mean that children need to be taught a variety of techniques to be able to spell accurately, with specific techniques required to recall spellings of highly irregular high-frequency words. Word study is one approach to teaching reading which is built upon the finding that our brains are primed to detect patterns and organise information into groups.

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There are strong links between language and writing, with oral language skills being a foundation element of good written language. Developing oral narratives can help support children’s written narratives.

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According to leading academic Professor Maggie Snowling, ‘Strong foundations in oral language are the key to educational success globally’. Without good spoken language, children can struggle to read and write. Supporting reading comprehension through the development of spoken language skills can ensure that children have an in-depth understanding of what they have read.

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An understanding of the thinking processes that pupils go through is helpful, from planning lessons to delivery. Literacy tasks, by their very nature, demand focus. Therefore, a consideration of working memory capacity and cognitive load can help you to plan tasks with improved accessibility for all pupils.

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Knowing how to structure ideas is hard for many learners, especially those with literacy difficulties. Scaffolding a task before they begin to work on it can help learners to develop the depth of their writing.

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Interested in further CPD?

Our professional learning opportunities have been designed to help teachers further improve their classroom practice in literacy, SEND and inclusion. We can provide this support through INSET days, or full, half and twilight sessions. Our workshops are aimed at whole staff teams, SENCos, Literacy Leads and Teaching Assistants.

We are currently developing our 2020 CPD offer. In the meantime, please register your interest for information.

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