Rapid Progress in *Boys' Writing

(*Girls Too) a unique approach to raise standards instantly

Ensure outstanding cross-curricular primary writing using a simple high-impact approach

This lively, practical and action packed day combines a range of exciting and engaging interactive activities with a unique structured, progressive whole-school approach to teaching writing in the 21st Century primary classroom. High-impact with rapid sustained progress. The content of the session has been presented for the National Literacy Trust and the National Association of Headteachers at venues around the UK and was featured as a best-practice workshop in November's iPad Summit in Boston USA.

The approach presented in this session applies to all subjects and is relevant for Special, Primary and Secondary Schools and delivers immediate sustained and visible classroom impact.

"Immediate impact with my year class. Unbelievable!" Literacy Co-ordinator, Enfield

Course Aims:

This course will give teachers:

  • A clear and structured approach to teaching all genres of writing using popular games as a stimulus.
  • A whole-school approach to teaching cross-curricular writing which was developed for New National Curriculum and presented nationally for The National Literacy Trust.
  • A bank of activities which raise standards, secure rapid progress and make a sustained impact on all young writers, even those who are most reluctant.
  • A transferable cross-curricular approach demonstrating a clear, accessible progression covering: Talk for writing/ oral rehearsal, planning, drafting, feedback/collaboration and digital publishing.
  • Activities which support all pupils, with significant impact on reluctant writers, pupils with SEN and those supported by Pupil Premium.

The course features the extensive use of iPad Minis, which will be provided on the day (no experience necessary.) All activities/methods can be carried out on Android tablets.

"The impact of this approach is immediate and incredible" Primary Headteacher, Hull

Rapid Progress For Boys Writing Video

Course Presenter

Chris Williams has been a primary school teacher for almost 20 years. He specialises in Special Education, Curriculum Development and "closing the gap" for all pupils in spoken communication and writing. Alongside colleague, David Andrews, Chris shares his work on the blog www.mrandrewsonline.blogspot.co.uk (which has been recognised as one of the top 3 blogs in the UK by the National UK Blog Awards. He has presented his work for The National Literacy Trust, The Westminster Education Forum, The National Association of Headteachers and in the USA for EdTechTeacher. Recently he presented this unique approach at the International EOS conference in a session attended by Sugata Mitra, who found the approaches presented "Powerful"
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This course was designed for the New National Curriculum and places an emphasis on spoken language, modelled adult language and opportunities for oral rehearsal. It introduces a new and high effective approach to teaching writing in all year groups and in all subjects. Assessment and high standards are a central theme. The course presents a proven way to use classroom technology when it provides the best tool for the job.

9:30: Introduction and background

9:45 Starting Points

10:15 Spoken Language in the National Curriculum

10:30 A new way of planning.....EVERYTHING

10:45 Break

11:00 Introducing a new way of working

11:20 Oral rehearsal and presentation

11:40 A tool to transform all writing tasks

12:00 Short Writing Tasks

12:20 Reviewing and applying

12:30 Lunch ( served in the Wash House Cafe)

1:15 Short practical activity (optional!)

1:30 Assessment

1:50 Real world relevance and audience

2:15 Making an impact across the school. Next steps and action plans

2:30 Transferring the approach. Final activity

2:50 Review and feedback

3:00 End


"Outstanding! Thank you, so many ideas. Completely inspired." Literacy Co-ordinator, Chiltern Primary School, Hull

"Excellent training course, so much to take back to school. Real teachers who know what teachers need! " NAHT Delegate, Wakefield

"An inspirational and effective approach every teacher should use." National Literacy Trust Delegate, London

"Having now used these activities in the classroom children's attitudes to writing have instantly transformed. The buzz they now have found for writing is incredible. They are still fired up to write at 3:00pm on a Friday! " Michelle Randall-Harris, Primary Teacher

"Incredible outcomes. This approach supports writing and communcation in all subjects."

Speech and Language Therapist, Children in Scotland delegate.

Price: £195 per delegate (plus VAT which schools can reclaim)

9:30am - 3:00pm
Lunch included

LONDON - April 21st 2015 (The Abbey Centre, SW1- near Parliament Square)

Book Early to Avoid Disappointment

This event has sold out on the last 4 occasions it has been presented in London.

The Abbey Centre, Great Smith Street, London

Friday, June 19th, 9:30am-3pm

34 Great Smith Street


All delegates will receive their own copy of a book containing lesson plans, activity resources and writing examples.