Training and workshops

Evidence-based CPD and workshops to help you evaluate, plan and take action to improve literacy outcomes in your setting.

All our courses are evidence-based and built on our extensive work with educators and local areas.

They are fully aligned with the DfE standards for teachers' professional development and offer teachers both a chance to immerse themselves in enquiry, questioning and experimentation and innovative strategies and practical ideas to support literacy.

Could you host training?

We're always looking for enthusiastic schools to host sessions and position themselves as lead schools in CPD! In exchange for providing a teaching space and catering, we offer you a free place on the course and a discounted rate for additional places. Contact for more information.

Our courses

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    Reading for Pleasure CPD

    Engage with research and develop sustainable strategies to embed a culture of reading in your school and classroom.
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    Improving Writing in Key Stage 2

    This course helps teachers develop strategies to take their Key Stage 2 pupils beyond scaffolded writing and tackle challenges across different text types.
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    Raising Standards in Reading Comprehension CPD

    Explore practical and creative approaches to develop pupils’ comprehension skills and develop tools and resources for effective whole school practice.
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    Early Words Together

    Early Words Together helps parents support their young child’s literacy and language development.
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    Improving Boys' Literacy CPD

    Develop an understanding of evidence around the gender gap in literacy and try new approaches
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    Questioning the News: Critical literacy in English and PSHE

    This course, run by the NewsWise programme team, will help you to increase your pupils' awareness of the media’s impact upon their behaviour, identity and wellbeing.
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    Across the Divide: Developing Reading in Key Stage 3

    1.5 day CPD for secondary teachers to build skills in reading and address issues around transition.
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    Language and Literacy within the Curriculum CPD

    Develop literacy teaching across the secondary curriculum and get your students writing like experts in their subject.
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    Literacy Leadership

    This one day workshop is designed to help leaders to put literacy at the heart of secondary school improvement.
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    Understanding Literacy for GCSEs: Teaching disciplinary literacy

    Explore language features of different subjects and develop skills to embed literacy in your teaching.
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    Oracy within the Curriculum in Secondary Schools

    This 1-day workshop explores language as a tool to develop thinking, training secondary teachers to develop oracy in the classroom.
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    Reading within the Curriculum in Secondary Schools

    This one-day workshop examines the importance of developing reading skills and building vocabulary as an integral part of literacy.
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    Teaching vocabulary within the curriculum

    A half-day workshop to help secondary teachers to develop students' academic language and subject-specific vocabulary.
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    Literacy for Humanities

    A workshop designed to help teachers develop the literacy skills necessary for humanities subjects.
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    Literacy for Science

    A workshop designed to help teachers develop the literacy skills necessary for science.
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    Literacy for Maths

    A workshop designed to help teachers develop the literacy skills necessary for mathematics.
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Our CPD - an overview

According to the DfE standards for teachers' professional development, good CPD should be research-led, include time for critical reflection and bring in outside expertise. The below articles explore this approach and examine how teachers can make the most of their professional development opportunities.

  • What makes good professional development training (CPD) great?

    This article by the Teacher's Development Trust highlights how you can choose the most effective CPD for you

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  • CPD, the DfE and you: what makes good literacy professional development?

    Our blog examines the DfE standards for teachers' professional development and how our courses match up

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  • A description of effective practice in professional development for teachers

    Teachers! What would evidence based practice look like? Ben Goldacre's article explores the benefits of approaching teaching as a researcher

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Multi-school, local authority and bulk purchase offers

If you work in a teaching school alliance, multi-academy trust or an existing cluster, we offer flexible pricing options for you to make the most of our training courses.

Embed sustainable literacy strategies across community of schools, promote school-to-school support.

Get in touch with Emily to discuss your options on 0207 587 3067 or email

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