IPEELL: Improving Writing Quality

Transforming writing

This course helps teachers develop strategies to take their Key Stage 2 pupils beyond scaffolded writing, building confidence and self-assessment skills and providing a structure for pupils 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

Improving writing in Key Stage 2 is aimed at teachers and literacy leaders working in Key Stage 2. The course will help you to: 

  • Use transferable approaches to aid the organisation of writing
  • Encourage pupils to take ownership of their progress using self-assessment tools, peer assessment and goal setting
  • Use class visits and cultural experiences effectively so children engage with and develop their writing
  • Develop strategies to build positive attitudes towards writing in your classroom
Boy writing in classroom

Course structure and pricing

The course is available in a 1.5 day version, with days spread across one or two terms to allow time for action research.

To promote collaborative practice, we encourage two teachers from each school (including the literacy lead) to attend. We also invite a head or senior leader to attend the first session free of charge.


  • £350 for the first participant, £250 for each colleague*
  • We invite a head or senior leader from each school to attend the first session free of charge
  • Follow up support visits to your school are also available at an additional cost of £350

Attendance includes one year's membership of the National Literacy Trust giving all teachers in the school access to a range of resources.

*existing National Literacy Trust Members receive a £50 discount per school

Express an interest

Could you host?

We are always looking for enthusiastic schools across the UK to host our training programmes. We ask you to:

  • Provide a teaching space with IT facilities
  • Print resources for the sessions
  • Organise lunch where required

In return, we offer a complimentary place on the course. This is also a great opportunity for you to position yourself as a research-led school. 

Express an interest
Teachers working together

Resources related to writing

Consider becoming a member of the National Literacy Trust to access our full library of downloadable resources and evaluation tools. 

Become a National Literacy Trust member

Strategic School Improvement Fund

Applications are now open for the third round of DfE funding that can help groups of schools develop targeted literacy provision to improve school performance and pupil attainment. Find out how we can help as a provider of CPD and other expert support.