Schools and early years

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National Literacy Trust membership

Schools in Stoke-on-Trent have all been provided with National Literacy Trust membership.

Membership offers a huge range of resources to help schools to improve literacy provision, including evaluation tools, lesson plans, case studies and reading lists. 


Members have access to:

  • The Annual Literacy Review, which supports literacy leaders to review their school's current literacy provision and develop an action plan for moving forward
  • The Literacy Guide for Schools, which helps interpret the ongoing policy changes and important research in key areas of literacy.

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CPD training

Secondary schools in Stoke-on-Trent are invited to take part in the National Literacy Trust's Language and Literacy within the Curriculum CPD training.

The 3-day training develops subject leaders’ literacy pedagogy and equips literacy leaders with strategic tools for audit, evaluation, monitoring and dissemination. 

Dates have been confirmed for: 

  • 19 September 2017 
  • 1 November 2017

Secondary schools can speak to Sarah Hancock about literacy in their school. 

Early Words Together
Eight early years settings in Stoke-on-Trent are taking part in Early Words Together, a parental engagement and language development programme. Practitioners receive training and resources to help parents support their children's language development and school readiness.  
Stoke Speaks Out
Stoke Speaks Out is an initiative which was set up in 2004 to tackle the high incidence of language delay identified in children in Stoke-on-Trent. It involves everyone in Stoke-on-Trent who links with children in some way. In 2002 local research identified that many children were starting nursery with poor language skills- In 2004 this was as high as 64% of children. Stoke Speaks Out was set up to train and support parents, carers, practitioners and anyone in contact with families to make communication ‘everybody’s business’.