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Improving Writing in Key Stage 2 (IPEELL)

Transforming writing

This course helps teachers develop strategies to take their Key Stage 2 pupils beyond scaffolded writing.

Pupils will build confidence, improve self-assessment skills, and learn how to tackle writing challenges across different text types.

"Participating pupils made approximately nine months' additional progress compared to similar pupils who did not participate in the intervention."

EEF, Using Self-Regulation to Improve Writing, 2014

About the course

This course is aimed at teachers and literacy leaders working in Key Stage 2.

  • Explore a learning environment outside the classroom

    A class visit sparks imagination and will provide your pupils with a memory they want to write about.

  • Use transferable approaches to aid the organisation of writing

    Discover methods to support the organisation of pupils' writing in any form and across all subject areas.

  • Encourage pupils to take ownership of their progress using self-assessment tools, peer assessment and goal setting

    Learn how to support pupils' meta-cognitive skills so that they are able to identify success criteria and acknowledge areas for improvement.

  • Develop strategies to build positive attitudes toward writing in the classroom

    Motivational messages are used successfully in a wide range of contexts, but rarely in academic subjects. Discover the empowering impact of this approach when setting writing tasks.

Format and price

The training takes place completely online and is delivered in two 90-minute sessions followed by one two-hour session.

£1,600 for a whole-school booking to be delivered on a mutually agreed date.

£250 for a single booking, £200 for additional colleagues and a £50 discount per booking for National Literacy Trust members. We'll add new scheduled dates to our events and training listing, and promote them in our newsletters - be sure you are signed up for our resources and training updates.

For more information, and to arrange training for your school, please email Ruth King:

Feedback from previous participants

"Very practical. Easy to implement. Professional and engaging presenters."
Participant, Bradford, 2017

"A really useful framework for making writing content explicit. Good for encouraging independence"
Participant, Wiltshire, 2019

"Personally delivered. Excellent resources. Evidence of strategies that can be easily transferred"
Participant, London, 2020

Resources related to writing

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