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Children’s literature is at the core of our consultancy. We support schools to adapt current provision to make it more book-based or to introduce and adopt the Literary Curriculum. We work directly with schools, Learning Trusts and English Hubs as well as academy chains and Local Authorities.
At present we are happy to offer a 'blended' approach to consultancy and all our support can take place either in school according any guidelines the school has in place, or online via a platform the school feels in comfortable with such as Zoom, or Microsoft Teams.
'The impact The Literacy Tree are having on both Reading and Writing at my school is terrific. They have given us ongoing, genuinely bespoke support, advice, training and curriculum design: this is consultancy at its very best...'
David Tomlinson, Headteacher, Barrow Hill Junior School, Westminster
'We have thoroughly enjoyed working with The Literacy Tree. Their personalised approach, catering for the needs of the school, allowed us to effectively gain a deeper understanding of teaching reading. Staff were able to observe modelled reading sessions which was insightful, purposeful and most importantly, engaging! We hope to work with The Literacy Tree again as this was a very positive experience for all.'
Claire Meares, English Coordinator, St George's International School, Luxembourg
Our team of Literacy consultants establish relationships with schools to provide ongoing support with all aspects of managing and delivering the Literary Curriculum as well as support with assessment and moderation. This can be provided as a block of support, spread over time or as part of a project.We work directly with teachers, subject leaders, deputy headteachers and headteachers and this can take many forms, such as:
'I just wanted to say thank you for all the help with Reading last year. We continued and built upon all the things you taught us last year and we did it! I know that it takes hard work from the teachers but if it hadn’t been for the Literacy Tree and your support- we wouldn’t be celebrating these results. Thank you!'
Claire Gillespie, Deputy Head, St Francis, Peckham
Our 'Teach Through a Text' training has been rolled out to 16 schools in Portishead near Bristol as part of their English Hub CPD offer and we are also running training for the Wade Deacon trust in Knowsley. We are continuing to work across the Astrea Academy Trust in Rotherham and Sheffield as well running Literacy Network meetings for subject leaders at Warren School Teaching Alliance for Bromley Schools and Southwark Local Authority, where we also run KS1 and KS2 Writing moderation.
The 'Building a Book-based Curriculum for English’ programme for Teaching Schools, Alliances, MATs and Hubs to host.
This is the overview of the 6 day programme:
Day 1 - Literacy Leads and Headteachers
This day looks at the book-based approach and what it can do in terms of high-engagement for children in order to create a culture within school where children are engaged as writers and become critical readers who also can read for pleasure. We identify the pedagogy behind planning a quality sequence of work and how to ensure we have National Curriculum coverage in place as well as challenge and personalisation planned for. This can support a school starting a book-based approach or complement and enrich a book-based offer that is already in place. We look at examples of schools where children have made considerable progress using this approach consistently.
Day 2 - LKS2 teachers
This day explores the pedagogy of a sequence of work practically with Y3/4 teachers, ensuring there are opportunities for drama, modelled writing and conversations around English subject knowledge and children’s literature. We look at how to engage children and support them to become independent writers in order to make significant progress leading on from KS1.
Day 3 - UKS2 teachers
This day explores the pedagogy of a sequence of work practically with Y5/6 teachers, ensuring there are opportunities for drama, modelled writing and conversations around English subject knowledge and children’s literature. We will also identify types of writing that would be useful for moderation in Y6.
Day 4 - KS1 teachers
This day explores the pedagogy of a sequence of work practically with Y1/2 teachers, ensuring there are opportunities for drama, modelled writing and conversations around English subject knowledge and children’s literature.We will also identify types of writing that would be useful for moderation in Y2.
Day 5 - EYFS teachers
This day looks at the book-based approach in EYFS and how this can provide a foundation for writing and reading. We look at the opportunities for continuous provision and embedded phonics as well as mark-making and how children move towards becoming independent writers.
Day 6 - Literacy Leads and Heads
Review and celebrate. Looking back to look forward - how do we truly embed?
Each school would receive a Literary Curriculum subscription as part of this package.
Price for package on request.
'I just wanted to email to thank you again for the fantastic staff training you ran for all our primary teachers and principals. It was amazing to see 60 plus people working collaboratively and enjoying what The Literacy Tree can bring to each of their schools. The training was exactly what we wanted and staff went away feeling inspired and excited'
Juliet Brown, Lead Principal, Wade Deacon Trust