Helping to remove key barriers to securing optimum outcomes

    Published: 03 December 2018

    The key barriers to securing optimum outcomes in last year’s writing assessment were identified as:

    • spelling
    • comprehension
    • sentence structure and punctuation.

    As ever, we wish to support all schools and secure the best outcomes for their pupils and so, in response to this, we are offering a range of highly focused cross-curricular training, support and consultancy opportunities to enable schools to address these areas over the next year. 

    The following projects and programmes have been designed to address and support common themes arising in school development plans and will be running throughout the new year, with the following starting in January 2019:

    To book onto one, or more, of these inspirational programmes or research projects, please click on the links above, or for further information, please email the HfL Events team at

    If you would like to register your interest for any of the above research projects commencing in either the 2019 summer or autumn terms, you can register to express your interest here. Please note that the summer term KS2 Reading Fluency Project will be for Year 5, with the Year 6 Project returning in the autumn.

    Our full and comprehensive range of training courses and CPD opportunities can be viewed online, and to discuss any bespoke in-school training or support that you may require, please email­­­

    “Literacy is the key to success in a rounded, academic and vocational education. Schools that understand this both read to children and teach phonics really well. They help the children whose parents have poor literacy, the children who start school with poor vocabulary, the children who find learning to read that bit harder than their peers. These schools address the imbalance.”

    The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2017/18. HMCI commentary by Amanda Spielman. 4th December 2018

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