The 2014 National Curriculum catapulted spelling at KS2 into the limelight, and the KS2 assessment framework documents have further intensified the focus on spelling over the last four years. With this in mind, schools have been grappling with – and will need to consider further – how to equip their pupils for this increased challenge, so that they are able to meet the expected standard at the end of KS2 with confidence.
This project has been designed to offer strategies that will have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ spelling achievement. Following successful implementation of the project, the pupils will be on an improved trajectory towards EXS at the end of KS2; have a more positive relationship with spelling; be more enthusiastic, confident spellers with an increased understanding and knowledge of the spelling system.
The project will focus predominantly on the need to improve pupils’ current individual spelling errors and misconceptions. Accurate spelling is a key component of writing fluently; enabling pupils’ cognitive resources to be freed from focusing on spelling means it can then be redirected towards writing composition. Following this event a half-day consultancy visit will be arranged with an allocated adviser week commencing 20th January 2020.
For more information please follow the link below:
Spelling SOS KS2 Project
For all schools outside of Hertfordshire please contact us for a price and availability before booking.
“Why do they always forget?” – a cry of frustration familiar to many who have taught Foundation Tier GCSE. There are many students who clearly have the potential to gain a Grade 4 or 5, but who seem to have a problem retaining mathematical facts and processes.
Why is this? This is the question this course seeks to answer. We will explore how we can help these perfectly intelligent and capable young people turn things around and gain the grades they need to give their life-chances a kick-start.
The day is divided into two equal halves, to enable the course to be shared between different delegates if this is more convenient for schools
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These funded (free to attend) cluster meetings are an excellent way to keep up to date with all the news, issues and developments in mathematics. This term’s focus will support mathematics subject leaders to further enhance the curriculum and secure highly effective teaching and learning across the school. Attendance will ensure delegates are up to date with effective leadership, key messages and the possible actions to undertake.Essential Information
This funded (free to attend) cluster meeting is an excellent way to keep up to date with all the news, issues and developments in science. This terms focus will support subject leaders to further enhance the curriculum and secure highly effective teaching and learning across the school. Attendance will ensure delegates are up to date with effective leadership, key messages and the possible actions to undertake.Essential Information
Herts for Learning in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council has planned a series of Sustainable Schools Workshops to support financial management and efficiency in maintained schools. It is evident that pressure on school budgets is likely to be sustained in the short to medium term and the workshops have been developed in this context.
Please note these events are for invited attendees only, please only register if you have recieved the letter from HfL.
HfL have now taken over 1000 pupils at KS2 through the highly successful Reading Fluency Project. Pupils who participated in the project made, on average, over 2 years’ progress in reading comprehension age through the 8 week intervention (based on analysis of YARC assessment data). This innovative project is now being adapted for key stage 1 pupils. Our initial trials demonstrate the same level of success.
This project has been designed to address the issues that we find many of our KS1 pupils are faced with: insufficient sight vocabulary and an over-reliance on sounding out; insufficient stamina to get through the SAT paper at year 2; lack of comprehension skills when reading aloud. This project offers strategies that will have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ reading achievement in a short space of time. Following successful implementation of the project, pupils in Year 1 and 2 will be on an improved trajectory towards EXS at the end of KS1; have a more positive relationship with books; be more enthusiastic, confident readers with an increased understanding and engagement with texts.
The project will focus predominantly on the need to improve pupil’s reading fluency of sufficiently complex texts. The past few years have seen increased reference to the need to develop fluency in reading. The DFE exemplification materials and test papers highlighted heightened expectations around swift comprehensive reading. A lack of fluency impacts upon understanding, motivation, confidence and rates of progress. Research has shown that specific instruction around fluency enables pupils to free up cognitive space
which can be directed more effectively towards other activities “… such as comprehension, analysis, elaboration and deep understanding.” [Hattie 2014]
The cost of this project is £780 (plus VAT). The full project outline is given below. Please note that it may be possible to include an additional delegate – this may be suitable for two-form entry schools - subject to a nominal £100 fee to cover costs for the sessions, resources and additional TLA time needed for data analysis. Should you like to include an additional class teacher, please detail this information on your participation agreement form.
For more information please follow the link below:
KS1 Reading Fluency Project
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