Literacy: mastering writing in primary schools



Are your staff on the same page about teaching writing in your primary school?

This training course:

  • Emphasises the importance of teaching Key Stage (KS) 1 and KS 2 pupils about audience and writing for a purpose
  • Shows how teaching transcription and handwriting helps free up pupils' mental resources
  • Introduces diagnostic assessments to focus teaching on specific difficulties
  • Showcases strategies to allow children to focus on content and composition

Thomas Martell, our content partner from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), explains the key learning objectives of the course below.

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This training course is suitable for all teaching and support staff in primary schools. It consists of two 60 minute sessions that can be adapted to your timings and staff needs. 


Sessions in detail

Session 1 - The why and how


  • Develop a shared understanding of writing in school
  • Consider the importance of knowing the audience and purpose when writing
  • Recognise that fluent transcription is the foundation of good writing
  • Share guidance and strategies in order to diagnose and address issues with spelling and handwriting

Session 2 - The writing process 


  • Develop a shared understanding of the writing process
  • Consider the gradual release of responsibility for writing from the teacher to the pupil
  • Access advice and strategies to support and develop aspects of the writing process
  • Consider the importance of effective feedback in developing children as writers


How it works

We've created The Key CPD Toolkit to take the time, cost and effort out of developing your own training.

“High-quality materials, and saves time and money!”   School leader, from a primary school in London

Using our training is simple:

1. Download the materials, created with subject specialists, and quality assured for your peace of mind

2. Quickly adapt the resources to meet the needs of your school 

3. Deliver engaging training, with the support of comprehensive facilitator guidance

4. Evaluate the impact of your training to identify areas where staff need further support