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Goldsmiths 500 Writers Challenge

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Enhancing writing development from Year 2 to Year 4 in Bradford

This exciting fully funded project focuses on the development of writing as pupils move across a critical point of transition from Years 2 to 4.

We're inviting primary state schools in Bradford with over 22.5% of pupils eligible for free school meals to get involved and benefit from this programme of staff CPD and whole-class cultural visits.

Your school will receive

  • Staff CPD

    Three fully funded cycles of bespoke CPD for your transition teaching team across three years.

  • Cultural visits

    A fully funded series of six curated cultural visits for your pupils: two visits per year across three years.

  • Full project support

    Project management support to implement the programme and organise the school trips.

  • Impact monitoring

    Bespoke reports to track impact in your school.

  • Celebration events

    Exclusive celebratory and networking events for your transition teaching team.

  • National Literacy Trust membership

    Free National Literacy Trust premium membership for three years providing access to resources and benefits to support literacy planning and teaching across the whole school, worth £300.

This fully funded project is worth approximately £15,000 over three years (£5,000 per year).

About the project

The transition between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 has long been recognised as presenting specific literacy challenges caused by significant shifts in curriculum expectations and pedagogic approaches.

Drawing upon an extensive evidence base, this project is designed to enhance the long-term development of writing and reading by harnessing the power of memorable experiences and teaching and learning approaches to support the development of confident, motivated writers/readers across a critical point of transition.

Working with a group of pupils over three years as they progress from Year 2 to Year 4, the longitudinal aspect of the project will give your school unique insights, measuring the impact of this evidence-based approach on the pupils and their teachers.

Download Goldsmiths 500 Writers information brochure for schools

Get involved

If you are looking for sustained support to develop your pupils' writing motivation and skills, fill in this expression of interest form by 16 August 2024.

This project is free to eligible schools in Bradford.

If you have any questions email

Our Bradford Literacy Hub

Since 2014, the hub has been supporting literacy in Bradford through unique, community-driven projects. We have worked with over 30,000 children, families and teachers, and have given out over 50,000 books to children – many of whom did not own a single book.

Find out more about our Bradford Hub.

Bradford Literacy Hub Bus

Our latest innovation is the Bradford Stories Bus. A 14.5-tonne American school bus that we have converted into an incredible book haven for children and families. We take the bus directly to schools and community groups in Bradford, encouraging reading for pleasure and engaging children and families with literacy in all its forms. The stories bus will be featured as part of this project.

In partnership with The Goldsmiths' Company


The Goldsmiths’ Company is a membership organisation that has contributed to national life for 700 years. It trains and supports jewellers and silversmiths and allied trades, protects consumers by testing and hallmarking precious metals and works with charitable, educational and cultural partners to help improve life chances.