Continuing Professional Development

Due to demand from schools and Local Authorities across the country for us to run courses or work in research partnerships, we have developed a series of courses addressing the teaching of writing, drawing on our research, and in addition are happy to develop bespoke courses, if requested.  These are designed to be run in school, and we are happy if schools wish to cluster together in a region or a consortium for the CPD.  Each course cost £800 per day. These courses can be linked to Masters accreditation.  

Succeeding in Writing: Shaping Practice
This course will introduce you to practical strategies for teaching writing which make explicit connections between linguistic structures and language effects. During the day, you will participate in activities which will introduce you to a wealth of approaches which draw writers’ attention to how language works and the possibilities it offers.  Come prepared to be playful and experimental!

Writing Beyond English: writing to analyse and explain
In this course, strategies for cross-curricular literacy will be explored, focusing attention on how texts which analyse and explain are constructed and how meanings are shaped by language choices. This approach can support writers in understanding how to write academic texts in different curriculum subjects.  

Writing Conversations: Developing Writing through Talk
This course considers the critical role of talk in the teaching of writing.  It will investigate how constructive talk can help learners to move from surface to deep learning about the craft of writing, and how activities which encourage the articulation of writing choices can develop authorial agency and ownership.

Creative Imitation: Writing Fiction
This course will explore aspects of the narrative writer’s craft, using authentic fiction texts as a springboard for experimenting with narrative voice and viewpoint, sentence variety and the effects of vocabulary choices.

Playing with Words: Writing Poetry
In writing poetry we can stretch language to its limits.  This course will model a variety of playful and creative approaches to the teaching of poetry which develop understanding of the possibilities of language and which generate learning about writing which can transfer into prose.

Linking reading and writing: Literary and Linguistic Perspectives on Text
In this course, you will explore the possibilities for supporting learning about the craft of writing through analysing reading texts from both literary and linguistic perspectives, and how we can exploit the opportunities in teaching literature to foster understanding of authorial decision-making and craft.

Focussing Writing Feedback
Despite the emphasis on Assessment for Learning, the quality of feedback provided on writing remains critical to learners’ development of understanding about writing.  This course will show how you can create contexts for students to comment critically and effectively on each other’s writing, and how as a teacher you can provide explicit and focused feedback which fosters understanding of the craft of writing.

Research Action Partnerships (RAPS)

A RAP brings together teachers and researchers to investigate collaboratively a particular research issue or problem identified by a school or cluster of schools.  It is designed bespoke to fit the specific needs of a school, but always involves engagement with research, investigation of an issue or implementation of classroom strategies to address an issue, and evaluation of its impact.  A minimum of three days of university input is required (at £750 per day) plus a commitment to providing quality time for the teachers involved.

We are working in partnership with the National Association for the Teaching of English on supporting the teaching of grammar and writing.  The NATE website has a section specifically on Grammar for writing, featuring Schemes of Work and resources linked to some of our recent projects.  For more information, please visit the NATE website.

Pearson Education have adopted the findings of our research to inform the development of teaching materials and resources for the teaching of writing.  For more information, please see Pearson Schools and FE Education.