Understanding the Literacy Requirements of the new GCSEs

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The new GCSE specifications place greater demands on pupils' literacy skills. Pupils without these skills can be held back in every subject.

About the workshop

Every GCSE subject will include literacy requirements from next year. To help teachers meet this challenge, our secondary experts have developed a workshop to focus on key areas such as extended writing and SPAG.

  • Understand how to analyse the literacy demands of your own subject

    Examine mark schemes from a range of subjects and have a go at modelling extended writing.

  • Transform informal, speech–like writing to a more formal written style

    Learn to highlight specific language features and appropriate academic register that enable students to write like subject experts.

  • Try out key strategies for improving reading comprehension and extended writing in curriculum areas

    Explore reciprocal reading and the Directed Activities Related to Texts (DARTS) approach. Develop approaches to teaching writing looking at and modelling language features for improved writing looking at command words and discourse markers. 

  • Annotate and explain a piece of GCSE writing to highlight typical language features

    Identify audience and purpose for different text types. Explore subject-specific language features that can help making students’ writing more coherent and cohesive.

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Workshop structure and pricing

The workshop takes place over one day. The training is more effective when a cross-section of subjects are represented, so we encourage at least two teachers from each school (including the literacy lead) to attend. 

  • £175 for the first participant per school
  • Additional places £125* 
  • 1 day workshop available as whole school inset - prices available on request
  • Follow up consultancy may be available on request

Attendance includes a £25 discount on National Literacy Trust Membership

*existing members receive a £25 discount on the workshop 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. 

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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. 

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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