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Literacy teaching and school events calendar 2023-2024

Added 01 Sep 2022 | Updated 20 Feb 24

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Ideas and literacy teaching resources for cultural events and UK awareness days

We support schools and early years settings with literacy teaching resources to help enrich your lessons as you mark special days throughout the academic year.

Our evidence-based and curriculum-linked educational resources build on key literacy and cutural moments in the school calendar to help you support positive engagement with reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Resources support teaching and learning across a broad age range covering early years, primary and secondary (including early years, KS1, KS2, KS3, with some extending to KS4 and KS5, and in Scotland early level through first, second, and third/fourth level to senior phase).

Where relevant, we work with expert partners to ensure that we embed inclusion, celebrate diversity and address challenging topics with sensitivity.

Plan your literacy year

Use our calendar ideas to draw up your own literacy teaching plan for the term or year ahead, and explore the teaching resources provided to help you.

More support

  • We'll continue to update this page throughout the year. Be sure to sign up to our Resources and Training newsletter for news and updates direct to your inbox.
  • Premium whole-school membership subscribers - our printable year planner (primary and secondary versions) provides a handy month-by-month listing of moments for which we'll be developing resources or events. Display the planner in your staffroom or use it for team planning.

Events in the Spring Term 2024 calendar

March 2024

World Book Day

National Careers Week

International Women's Day

Developing Talk for Learning in FE seminar

  • Date: 8 March 2024
  • Location: Nottingham College
  • An interactive session exploring the role of talk as a tool for learning designed specifically for pracitioners and literacy leads working in the further education sector.
  • Learn more and book your place on Developing Talk for learning in FE

Wicked Writers: Be the Change writing competition

  • Date: Closing date 11 March 2024
  • In partnership with acclaimed stage-musical Wicked, this persuasive writing competition for pupils aged 9 to 14 focuses on positive changes they would like to make for the environment.
  • Wicked Writers: Be the Change - download supporting resources.

Talk to Your Baby: Early Years Conference

  • Date: 12 March 2024
  • Location: Conway Hall, London
  • Focusing on young children's development and communication, our landmark cross-sector conference amalgamates thought leadership and best practice for early years professionals.
  • Learn more and book your place for our Talk To Your Baby 2024: Communication, connection and collaboration conference in London.

Secondary oracy CPD event: Finding Your Voice

  • Date: 15 March 2024
  • Location: Liverpool Central Library
  • Join our face-to-face CPD seminar to explore practical strategies to build students’ confidence and skills to use talk for learning in all subjects. The event includes a workshop with acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden - aka Polarbear - on how to use storytelling to foster creativity and a sense of identity.
  • Learn more and sign up for Secondary Oracy: Finding Your Voice.

Red Nose Day

  • Date: 15 March 2024
  • Through Red Nose Day, the Comic Relief charity raises funds to support a vision of a just world, free from poverty. Our research found that more boys than girls read and wrote comedy outside class, and also that more pupils eligible for free school meals than those who do not get meals said they wrote comedy at least once a month outside the classroom.
  • Comedy improvisation in the classroom
  • BBC Comedy Classroom

National Primary Conference

  • Date: 21 March 2024
  • Location: Essex
  • Our annual primary conference aims to celebrate best practice and explore the issues most significant to primary practitioners through a combination of thought leadership and workshops.
  • Sold out! Booking has now closed. For information see Primary Conference 2024: Better Together: Raising achievement through a collaborative approach to literacy.

Reading Champions STEM Challenge: We Wonder - Journey into Space

  • Date: Closing date 22 March
  • Following the framework of 'read, launch, navigate', students will be tasked with designing their own rocket and planning a journey into space for our new challenge in partnership with Turner & Townsend
  • We Wonder: Journey into Space reading challenge - sign up now to take part

Events in the Summer Term 2024 calendar

April 2024

Earth Day

TCS London Marathon

  • Date: 21 April 2024
  • In addition to the main event around the capital city, the TCS Mini London Marathon in schools asks pupils to run, jog, walk or wheel one mile in their school. Our resource includes warm-up activities to energise minds and bodies, along with a host of reading, writing and oracy ideas linked to marathon running.
  • Hot Topic: TCS London Marathon

May 2024

Year 6 SATS

June 2024

Empathy Day

National Writing Day

Refugee Week

Pride Month

July 2024

Transition preparation

National Secondary School Conference


Events in the Autumn Term 2024 calendar

September 2024

Back to school and settling in

October 2024

Black History Month

Libraries Week

National Poetry Day

  • Date: 3 October 2024
  • A whole-school/setting opportunity to encourage children to make, experience, share and enjoy poetry.
  • National Poetry Day resources (Early Years, plus Key Stages 1, 2 and 3)

World Mental Health Day

  • Date: 10 October 2024
  • Promote reading as an effective way of helping people take care of their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Take 10 to read

Halloween

  • Date: 31 October 2024
  • Embed enjoyment of reading, writing, and speaking and listening.with our fang-tastic and spooktacular activity ideas for ages 5-14
  • Hot Topic: Halloween

November 2024

Non-fiction November

Bonfire Night, Diwali and Fireworks Festivals

  • Date: 1 November 2024 Diwali
  • Date: 5 November 2024 Bonfire Night
  • Accessible inspiration for reading, writing, speaking and listening activities with a fireworks theme suitable for marking Diwali, Bonfire Night or both!
  • Hot topic: fireworks and festivals

Remembrance

December 2024

Christmas and the festive season


Events in the Spring Term 2025 calendar

January 2025

Holocaust Memorial Day

National Storytelling Week

  • Date: January/February 2025
  • A week-long celebration of stories – spoken or written – encouraging creativity and self-expression enabling children to tell their own stories.
  • National Storytelling Week - resources and events from early years through to KS3.

Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year

February 2025

Children's Mental Health Week

  • Date: February 2025
  • Shining a spotlight on the importance of children and young people's mental health, and building on research findings that link literacy engagement with wellbeing. We have resources to help inspire pupils to explore their emotions, make meaningful connections and write for their wellbeing.
  • Children's Mental Health Week
  • Supporting wellbeing through literacy teaching

Safer Internet Day

If you're working in Alternative Provision with girls aged 11 to 14, take a look at Empower, our targeted critical media literacy programme.

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