At the recent Herts for Learning summer term Primary Headteacher Seminars we highlighted the changes in the new Ofsted Inspection Framework. These include a significant focus on the teaching of mathematics, reading, including phonics, and the development of cross curricular working in a meaningful way. We also shared our latest resources to support pupils in developing their mental fluency.
As ever, Herts for Learning wish to support all the schools we work with in securing 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 2019/20 , with the following starting next term:
Reading and phonics
Reception Early Reading Project – starting on Thursday 19th September 2019
This hugely successful project is aimed at supporting schools in analysing historic ELG reading data and using this to fine-tune the teaching of early reading and phonics in order to close gaps for as many pupils as possible, as early on as possible, success in reading in the early years of school is linked to later reading fluency and comprehension
Key Stage 1 Reading Fluency Project – *New for autumn 2019* starting on Tuesday 12th November 2019
This project has been designed to address the issues that many of our KS1 pupils are faced with: insufficient sight vocabulary and an over-reliance on sounding out; insufficient stamina to get through the SAT paper at Year 2; lack of comprehension skills when reading aloud.
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Project – starting on Thursday 19th September 2019
This hugely successful project supports schools in analysing their phonics data and using this to fine-tune phonics provision in Year 1 to close gaps for as many pupils as possible, and to continue to raise attainment in reading for all.
Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project (Year 6) – starting on Monday 9th September 2019
This project has been designed to address this issue, offering strategies that will have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ reading achievement in a short space of time. Following successful implementation of the project, pupils in Year 6 will be on an improved trajectory towards EXS at the end of KS2; have a more positive relationship with books; be more enthusiastic, confident readers with an increased understanding and engagement with texts.
Writing, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure
Securing full stops in Years 1 and 2 – starting on Thursday 14th November 2019
This programme offers schools a combination of training and in-school consultancy to support staff in focusing on the basic sentence structure and punctuation skills to address the issue of pupils entering Year 1 without having secured the essential skills to compose sentences in writing and dives into methods of teaching those aspects.
Fixing full stops in Years 3 and 4 programme – starting on Tuesday 5th November 2019
The writing programme of study for Lower Key Stage 2 demands that pupils move on swiftly from basic understanding of simple sentence constructions to mastery of sophisticated structures involving a range of punctuation and verb forms. This can only be achieved if pupils enter the key stage with a strong understanding of what constitutes a sentence. Many pupils enter KS2 with weak subject knowledge in this area, demonstrated by their inaccurate use of full stops, and the huge leap in grammatical knowledge demanded of them in LKS2 can exacerbate this problem. This course will support delegates address this issue through the combination of a subject knowledge development session and a tailored in-school consultancy visit.
Spelling SOS Key Stage 2 Project (Years 3 – 6) – starting on Thursday 12th September 2019
This project has been designed to offer strategies that will have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ spelling achievement. Following successful implementation of the project, the pupils will be on an improved trajectory towards EXS at the end of KS2; have a more positive relationship with spelling; be more enthusiastic, confident spellers with an increased understanding and knowledge of the spelling system.
Raising writing standards in Year 5: writing development programme – *New for autumn 2019* starting on Wednesday 23rd October 2019
This innovative and sharply focused programme of CPD and consultancy visits aims to support identified pupils in Year 5 who are not yet working at expected standards. Teachers will also be provided with three sequences of lessons, each of which includes twenty detailed lessons with a range of resources and a variety of innovative approaches to support the focus pupils to develop the skills and the confidence required for age-related writing.
Science and English
Linking science and English for impact programme – starting on Wednesday 20th November
This programme is designed to support the subject leaders in developing teaching and learning in these two subjects. Both subject leaders will attend a whole-day training session, receive a half-day consultancy visit and participate in a reflective twilight session.
Last chance to book
- Improving Progress in mathematics project 2019/20 - starting in September
- Making Sense of ‘x’ - Phase 3 project starting Tuesday 22nd October 2019
To register your interest for these projects, please complete our Expressions of interest form
To view our full and comprehensive range of training courses and CPD opportunities please visit our new HfL CPD Hub, or to contact us to discuss any bespoke in-school training or support that you may require, please visit the HfL website or call us at any time.