Research School Network: Winning at Writing Raising standards in Years 4 and 5


Winning at Writing

Raising standards in Years 4 and 5

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£ 200 - Earlybird price £175 for bookings received before July 8th 2022

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10 October, 2022
13:00 - 16:00

16 November, 2022
15:30 - 16:30

7 December, 2022
13:00 - 16:00

Martin Galway

Martin Galway

Herts for Learning

Martin is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for English at Herts for Learning and well-known nationally for his inspirational approach to teaching writing. We are proud to be welcoming him to Birmingham for a fifth time.

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Training overview

This innovative and sharply focused programme is designed to support writers in Years 4 and 5 to meet age-related expectations in word and phrase choice, sentence structure and overall composition. The approaches and resources are informed by robust research and designed to develop writing fluidity, stamina and confidence.

Upon attendance, teachers receive three sequences of lessons. These sequences include twenty detailed lessons with a range of resources and a variety of approaches to support children acquire the skills and confidence needed for age-related writing. The lessons are designed to be delivered either as whole-class teaching or for targeted support. If delivered to a whole class, the programme can be covered in approximately six weeks. 

How will I learn?

Two training sessions will help teachers to consider the core aspects and transferable skills in writing. An optional mid-programme webinar will offer additional online support.

After the first session, you will be expected to begin teaching the lesson sequences in the week beginning 31st October. 

There are 20 lessons in total, each taking about 45 minutes to an hour. You can use these lessons as whole class English lessons and target specific children within that or you may wish to teach the sequences as a targeted intervention outside of the classroom for a small group. Either way, this programme will work best if the time is protected to ensure consistent delivery of the lessons and the class teacher teaches the sequences (for the most effective transference into all writing).

Midway through the programme, there will be an question and answer session where you will have the opportunity to discuss progress so far and ask for advice from programme leaders.

At the end of the programme there will be a final meeting to discuss next steps and how to ensure sustainability.

Who is this training for?

This course is aimed at Writing Leads and Year 4 and 5 teachers.

“I think one of my biggest takeaways is how engaging and encouraging this has been for my usually reluctant writers…they're happier taking risks and trying new writing techniques and it's been almost a missing puzzle piece and all of a sudden other things like paragraphs that I haven't even mentioned as part of this are now being used.”

Martin Galway and Jane Andrews share insights from the development and roll out of a new writing programme that focuses on developing confident writers in a winning at writing blog.

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