Blended Reading for Mastery 

Launching February 27th 2018, this course is running for the 2nd year at Overton Primary – home of the Aspire Teaching School Alliance.  Teachers will gain the confidence and competence to meet the demands of the new reading curriculum and SATs.  Unlike most PD courses, BR4M is school-based, building new approaches to teaching through observing live teaching, simulating lessons, providing planning, and supporting steps to independence.

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Phone or email Mike Nicholls to book your place 01256 770249


English Assessment: purposeful, reliable and valid

Many schools are dissatisfied with assessment models and data tracking tools that were put in place when assessment without levels was first introduced, finding they are a drain on teacher time with minimal benefit to build subject understanding or formative adaptations to teaching.

We need assessment that:

  • assesses what is valued in English – aligned to subject vision and values
  • supports teachers to plan and adapt provision
  • builds teachers’ understanding of development in English

Subject leaders are invited to join a local action research group at Overton Primary to trial meaningful and manageable approaches to ongoing assessment of English, using Thinktalk planning and assessment materials

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Booking contact: Mike Nicholls

tel. 01256 770249

Let’s Think in English KS2

Launch date: 16th January 2018

The Let’s Think in English programme, developed at King’s College London, is an approach to teaching that successfully develops the quality and depth of thinking in the classroom through talk. The lessons enhance pupils’ ability to reason in increasingly complex ways with high quality texts providing a context for learning. Teachers will gain an improved understanding of progression in English concepts and develop advanced skills in facilitating pupil thinking through discussion.

Through Let’s Think in English pupils:

  • become critical and collaborative thinkers
  • have the confidence and skills to tackle complex texts
  • develop values in a social context

Suitable for KS2 colleagues.

For further information read my webpage here or go to the Let’s Think in English website here
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For booking with ETC, follow this link