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Raising writing standards in Year 5: writing development programme

Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage, Robertson House, Six Hills Way
Course Tutors
Primary English Advisers
Admin Contact
Target Audience
Classroom Teachers / Subject Leaders
target audience
Course Types
Course categories
Academies and Schools (including EYFS)
Event Description
This innovative and sharply focused programme aims to support identified pupils in Year 5 who are not yet working at expected standards.

Teachers will be provided with three sequences of lessons. These sequences include twenty detailed lessons with a range of resources and a variety of innovative approaches to support the focus pupils to develop the skills and the confidence required for age-related writing. The lessons can be adapted to form a part of whole-class teaching or used for a small group in addition to the English lessons. These approaches and resources can also be embedded as part of the teaching and cycle year-on-year. Teachers will benefit from a heightened awareness, and deeper subject knowledge of the elements that support precise, effective writing.

The programme begins with a half day’s training in which participants will be supported to consider the core aspects and transferable skills in writing. There will be an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the lesson content and ask questions.

An added benefit to the programme is the opportunity to network with other Year 5 teachers through a final review/celebration session.

Each school will have a half-day consultancy visit from one of the course leaders. The focus pupil’s writing will be analysed by the Herts for Learning advisers to provide a baseline assessment, and then again at the end of the programme, thus providing an analysis of the progress made.

The subject leader is also invited to join the Year 5 teacher(s) in order to consider how this the principles of the programme can be adapted in school and applied to other year groups. Please note that this programme focuses intensively on the writing skills that underpin technically precise and effective composition – it is not designed to address spelling or handwriting issues.

As the course is based on responsive teaching, it may not be suitable for less experienced teachers.
Training objectives
Learning outcomes
The aims of the programme are to: 

  • provide participants with a sharp focus on key aspects of writing development that will make the most difference

  • increase the proportion of pupils achieving ARE+ in the Year 5 classroom

  • develop confident, expressive writers who make authorial choices with precision and accuracy

Additional Information
Start Date
Wednesday 23 October 2019
End Date
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Closing Date
Tuesday 22 October 2019
09:00 - 12:00
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