Getting our students to engage in writing, write well and secure high marks (Secondary)

Why this course? 
In every subject, students need to write extended answers and essays. It can be challenging getting students started, and encouraging them to write enough. This session offers practical strategies in helping students to plan and structure their answers.

Who is this course for? 
It is aimed at teachers from KS3 – KS5 who feel they need to gain confidence or more expertise in teaching writing strategies.  They may not necessarily consider themselves “English specialists” or they could be teachers who are quite confident with teaching students how to write, but wish to learn more.  The session has a whole school focus and will include strategies for a variety of subjects:  PE, Science, Geography etc.  It may also be instructive for leaders who are responsible for delivering literacy across the curriculum.

Delegates will leave with practical strategies to help students plan and structure their writing, as well as develop subject specific vocabulary and close the vocabulary gap.
The following will be explored during the session:

  • What are the barriers to students’ writing?
  • How can we help students structure their writing?
  • How do we use high quality models effectively?
  • How can we “warm up the words” for writing and help close the vocabulary gap?
  • How can we include creative and challenging writing activities in our schemes of work?

Who are the Trainers?
The course is delivered by Janet Bradley, Lead Practitioner in English and Specialist Leader of Education. As an experienced English teacher with responsibility for whole school literacy, Janet has designed the course for colleagues across the school who are responsible for teaching extended writing in their subjects.

How will my School benefit?
The course will help teachers to feel more confident in trying new approaches when encouraging students to write longer answers.

How will my students benefit?
The course is aimed at helping students to become more confident and focused in their writing and gain strategies to reach the higher marks.

Course start date 27 June 2019
Course duration 1.5 hours
Course end date 27 June 2019
Course time 4:15 pm-5:45 pm
Venue The Billericay School, School Road, Billericay, CM12 9LH
Cost £50 per delegate (Billericay TSA members - £45)

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