Language and Literacy within the Curriculum CPD

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This course will help subject heads and teachers develop their literacy pedagogy and equips literacy leaders with strategic tools for audit, evaluation, monitoring and dissemination. The course takes place over three sessions, each focusing on a different area of literacy: oracy, reading and writing. 

"… Schools should strengthen whole-school literacy work across all departments to ensure that students extend and consolidate their literacy skills in all appropriate contexts."

Ofsted, Moving English Forward

About the course

Language and Literacy within the Curriculum is aimed at teachers and literacy leaders working with Key Stage 3. We explore a range of approaches and strategies.

  • Inspire and motivate colleagues from across the school to embed great literacy provision in their teaching

    The most sustainable training is cascaded throughout the school. We work with participants to ensure they can roll out strategies to colleagues, and give the whole school access to our online resources. 

  • Explore oral language as the basis of all literacy development

    Audit your current approach, look at the research base for oracy as key to social mobility and develop an understanding of the links between talk and writing.

  • Understand the writing process and strategies for modelling grammar for writing in secondary subjects

    Look in-depth at spelling, grammar and punctuation – moving on from the KS2 curriculum and managing literacy at transition.

  • Explore approaches to reading across different text types and genres to support pupils in every subject

    Develop an understanding of multimodal literacy, paying close attending to the difference between viewing. Learn to support weaker readers in your subject with practical classroom strategies to take away.

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Course structure and pricing

The course takes place over three days, spread across two terms to allow critical reflection between sessions.

To promote collaborative practice, we encourage the literacy lead plus 3-4 subject heads (or teachers keen to progress to teachers middle leadership) to attend. We also invite a head or senior leader to attend the first session free of charge.


  • £650 for the first participant
  • £450 for each additional participant
  • 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 £100 discount per school.  To get your discount code or for help with booking email or phone 020 7820 6258.

Express an interest

"Incredibly knowledgeable tutor. Totally relevant. Very helpful. I am inspired to get cracking with literacy."

Participant, Haywood Academy, Stoke

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
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Resources related to cross-curricular literacy

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.