Teaching Vocabulary - London


Following government guidance regarding COVID-19 we have made the decision to postpone this event until further notice. We will be scheduling a new date for this training as soon as we can. Please email schools@literacytrust.org.uk or register via the form below to be informed of the new details.

In the meantime we strongly recommend that you make the most of our online resources on teaching vocabulary:

You will need a full school membership to access these resources along with online training and partner discounts – sign up here

We also suggest you take a look at our comprehensive web portal, developed in response to planned school closures for parents seeking ideas and guidance for activities that will engage their children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. Please do share this with the parents you work with. Find out more


This half-day workshop helps teachers in Key Stages 2 and 3 develop students' academic language and subject-specific vocabulary, and support primary teachers to build pupils' vocabulary by exploring the link between vocabulary size and comprehension.

Recent recommendations from the EEF suggest that to improve literacy in secondary schools, teachers should ‘provide targeted vocabulary instruction in every subject’.

At Key Stage 2, teachers are encouraged to drive a reading culture in which children have an opportunity - and are encouraged - to build their vocabulary. Participants will:

  • Engage with recent research on vocabulary
  • Develop knowledge of word morphology
  • Understand the role of academic language in the curriculum
  • Try out strategies for direct vocabulary instruction


  • Explore recent research around the vocabulary gap and its correlation with attainment
  • Enable you to understand the role of academic language in the curriculum
  • Consider how best to teach the different tiers of vocabulary in a range of subject contexts
  • Enable you to deepen your knowledge of word morphology and how to teach it
  • Introduce a range of strategies for direct vocabulary teaching


The course costs £125 for the first participant, then £75 for each additional delegate you bring. Bookings include a year's membership of the National Literacy Trust.*

*Existing National Literacy Trust members receive a £25 discount per school

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