KS2 Spelling SOS

Course Tutors
Martin Galway, Michelle Nicholson
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Target Audience
Classroom Teachers / Middle Leaders / SENCOs
target audience
Course Types
Webinar, Programme
Course categories
Academies and Schools (including EYFS)
Event Description
Spelling is critical to success and confidence in writing. Spelling SOS KS2 is an innovative, fully resourced programme designed to have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ spelling achievement in a short period. This eight-week programme includes four training sessions, diagnostic tests, lesson plans, and activities designed to support long-term retention.

Following successful implementation of the programme, targeted pupils will be on an improved trajectory towards EXS in writing at the end of KS2; have a more positive relationship with spelling; be more enthusiastic, confident spellers with an increased understanding and knowledge. Teachers’ subject knowledge will be developed, increasing the confidence to identify gaps and misconceptions, as well as the means by which to prioritise key learning areas to focus on for individuals.

Up to four teachers from KS2 (Years 3-6) in each school will have access to professional development webinars and support resources across a 10-week period. Given its nature, this programme is also suitable for pupils in KS3. The provision for multiple delegates will support in-school capacity to extend and develop the teaching of spelling across the school and have sustained impact on writing standards. Each webinar is recorded if ‘attendance’ at the live event is not possible.

*All Hertfordshire maintained schools will be provided with a £150 funded subsidy.
Training objectives

  • improving the standards in spelling for a group of target pupils

  • enabling pupils to have a more positive relationship with spelling, boosting motivation and by extension writing performance

  • improve writing standards, and the number of pupils meeting statutory expectations

Learning outcomes

  • developing memory strategies to support pupils in storing their learning in their long-term memory, and accessing and applying this learning in independent writing

  • developing teachers’ subject knowledge in order for them to be able to identify pupils’ misconceptions accurately, and prioritise key learning areas for individuals

  • demonstrating how to implement and manage a whole-class teaching sequence that meets the varying needs of individuals

  • enhancing pupil’s word awareness in terms of construction and meaning-making to support wider language comprehension

Additional Information
Delegates should begin to reflect on four potential focus pupils, with major gaps evident in their current spelling performance, to work with during the programme, and collate independent writing samples for those pupils.

The cost of this training is £350 (excluding VAT) per school for up to four delegates. *Hertfordshire maintained schools will be provided with a £150 funded subsidy.
Closing Date
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Session Dates
Session Date Session Start Time Venue
Wednesday 22 September 2021  09:30 Webinar, Webinar
Thursday 21 October 2021  15:30 Webinar, Webinar
Wednesday 8 December 2021  13:30 Webinar, Webinar
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Start Date
Wednesday 22 September 2021
 09:30 - 11:30
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Start Date
Thursday 21 October 2021
 15:30 - 17:00
 1.5 hour live webinar: mid programme twilight session for sharing and trouble shooting
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Start Date
Wednesday 8 December 2021
 13:30 - 15:00
 final cluster for celebration, sharing and next steps