Secondary training

Literacy for Learning is a secondary school improvement programme, providing professional development for school leaders and teachers on literacy within the curriculum. Our training is aligned with evaluation and research from the Education Endowment Foundation and emphasises the practical application of research in the classroom.

Our training offer includes:

  • Scheduled live online ticketed events. Please note that we do not record these events
  • Live online group or whole-school training on request
  • Face-to-face group or whole-school training on request


  • For all ticketed events contact Kate Warde, Conferences and Events Manager
  • For all group or whole-school training enquiries contact Nisha Tank, Programme Manager, School Improvement

Training events summer 2022 - spring 2023

You will find a range of literacy pathways below. Each pathway suggests a sequence of courses to build skills and understanding for a specific literacy priority. The courses in the pathway can be purchased as either a scheduled ticketed course or as a group booking on a date that suits you.

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This pathway introduces the key concepts of disciplinary literacy and practical strategies for application within the curriculum.

It is suitable for:

  • Secondary literacy leaders who are new to or developing in role
  • Secondary practitioners, who are new to or beginning to develop their understanding of disciplinary literacy
Courses in this pathway


This pathway deepens understanding of the literacy requirements in subject areas.

It is suitable for:

  • Secondary subject leaders and practitioners
  • Literacy leaders, who may be supporting a subject area
  • Line managers of subject areas
Courses in this pathway


This pathway is aimed at schools and practitioners who have identified reading as a priority.

It is suitable for:

  • Secondary practitioners from all subject areas
  • Literacy leaders developing whole-school practice in reading
  • Librarians, who want to improve their understanding of how reading can support the development of students' literacy within the curriculum
Courses in this pathway
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    Building vocabulary within the secondary curriculum

    Examine the role of academic language in the secondary curriculum and promote ways of teaching different tiers of vocabulary in a range of subjects.
    Find out about Building vocabulary
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    Reading for learning

    Explore disciplinary reading, active reading strategies, and how to support struggling and EAL learners.
    Find out about Reading for learning
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    Reading for pleasure

    Explore ideas around reading motivation, the use of digital reading platforms and the importance of valuing and promoting all types of wider reading.
    Find out about Reading for pleasure

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This pathway is aimed at practitioners and schools, that have identified improving writing as a priority.

It is suitable for:

  • Secondary practitioners with extended writing in their subject
  • Literacy leaders, who are supporting departments with developing students’ writing in a subject, or subjects

Secondary school conference: Reading Within the Curriculum

Develop students’ skills and enjoyment of reading to support academic progress, well-being and social mobility with our secondary school conference in Greater Manchester. Hear from leading professionals in their field about supporting the learning of children from all backgrounds.

Conference details

  • 9.30am - 3.30pm, Thursday 30 June 2022
  • In person at Buile Hill Park Hall, Salford, Greater Manchester

Book now with our early-bird ticket price: £70. Full-price tickets: £100

Find out about the Secondary school conference