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    Back on Track: English supports English Subject Leaders and teachers to deliver an effective English curriculum upon wider school opening, ensuring that key skills are prioritised and taught within rich and engaging contexts. 

    The full programme is designed to be delivered in Years 1 - 6 over 23 weeks. Each year group has a Progress Pathway document which outlines their suggested journey through the resources.

    We are presently, as a school, working our way through Back on Track for English for years 1- 6. Every class teacher has been really pleased with the texts, the planning and the progress they are seeing in the children's writing is fabulous.

    Michelle Boylan, Deputy Head/English lead, Panshanger Primary, Welwyn Garden City.

    The Back on Track: English comprises the following key elements:

    • Year group planning resources:
      • Year group training CPD - individual sessions for each of years 1-6
      • Six teaching plans for each year group 1-6 
    • Three Whole School Explore and Engage units
    • Stranded Writing Priority documents with links to support remote learning
    • Re-prioritised Spelling Programme
    • Subject knowledge CPD:
      • Back on Track: Phonics Phase 2 - 4
      • Back on Track: Sentence Structure
    • Leadership CPD - to support English Subject Leaders with monitoring and implementation

    Getting Back on Track in summer 2021

    Within the package there is an option of a condensed pathway covering only 14 weeks. This has been specially designed for schools looking to use the resources and complete the programme during the summer term to help prepare pupils for the move up to their next year group in September.

    Whole School Explore and Engage Units for 2021/2022

    For schools wishing to re-run the pathways in academic year 2021-2022, there is the option to purchase additional Whole School Explore and Engage training units.

    Whole-school explore and engage: Plan 1 featuring ‘And Tango Makes Three’ by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell and illustrated by Henry Cole.

    Thursday 24th June 2021 Course code: ENG/21/144/P

    Whole-school explore and engage: Plan 2 featuring ‘Lost Spells’ by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris.

    Thursday 1st July 2021 Course Code: ENG/21/145/P

    Whole-school explore and engage: Plan 3 featuring ‘Lift’ by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat.

    Thursday 8th July 2021 Course Code: ENG/21/147/P

    Subject knowledge CPD

    Schools can purchase the subject knowledge CPD separately from the Back on Track full programme:

    See separate pages for details.

    Further information about Back on Track: English


    1. Year 2 Focused English Plan  - 3 (367kb/pdf)
    2. Year 6 Focused English Plan  - 1 (337kb/pdf)
    3. Whole School Explore and Engage Plan extract (298kb/pdf)
    4. Year 4 Progress Pathway Spelling Priorities (169kb/pdf)

    Back on Track: English remote learning support

    This free to access on demand webinar will support schools wishing to explore how Back on Track can be used during periods of remote teaching.

    It was such a useful webinar! I feel so supported to go and plan my next steps in English to support both my home and in class learners.

    Holly Palmer, Subject Leader, Peartree Spring Primary School, Stevenage.

    Package details

    Schools with an English SLA contract in place for 2020-21, may use part of this (up to 1.5 days) to offset the cost of the Back on Track: English package until 31/3/21.

    Package 1

      Standard price Schools using existing English SLA contract days
    Training and resources £1,235 £255
    Training and resources (infant and middle schools) £530 £120

    Package 2

      Standard price
    Training, resources plus two half day consultancy sessions £1,885
    Training, resources plus two half day consultancy sessions (infant and middle schools) £1,180

    The universal catch-up premium for 2020 to 2021* can be used to access the Back on Track support packages.

    Purchase the Back on Track: English packages

    * “Schools have the flexibility to spend their [universal catch-up] funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.” DfE Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium (20/7/20)

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