St. George’s is a one form entry primary school in the middle of a housing estate in Battersea, South London. The school has 63% of children eligible for the Pupil Premium and over 32 languages spoken. It is the most deprived school in the borough of Wandsworth and within the 2% most deprived areas, nationally. We were judged to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in September 2011 and this is where the journey really started for us. We wanted to continually improve and develop our practice and share it with others. Writing was a key area that we wanted to continue to improve. With limited language skills, and children speaking different languages at home, we wanted a writing programme that would develop children’s speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar skills, alongside their creative writing skills. Talk for Writing was it!
We have used Talk for Writing across the whole school since 2011 and have watched our children thrive. Their ability to be successful storytellers and writers has developed beyond our expectation and this is life changing for the community. We ensure that all teaching is simple and effective and children are taught handwriting formally so that they have the physical skills to aid their creative writing – boy writers are a strength at St George’s!
As a thriving National Support School, we worked with more than 40 schools last year on various aspects of their school curriculum and leadership.
We offer Taster Mornings for those interested in getting to know more about the power of Talk for Writing. There will also be in-depth courses for subject leaders to implement Talk for Writing across their schools. We can also offer visits/training packages for whole teams and groups of schools.
We do offer personalised training for a school or individuals. Please contact us if you would like more information about this.
Current training offered
Time: 9.30 – 12:30
Cost: £100 per delegate
Date: Monday 13th November 2023
Delegates will gain an understanding of innovation, imitation and independent application.
They will also:
• See the Talk for Writing programme in action
• Talk to teachers and children
• Hear from Talk for Writing leaders on how to lead the programme effectively in school
• Look at books/curriculum maps
• Using teaching assistants effectively in Talk for Writing lessons
• Leadership of Talk for Writing across the school
• Immersion/Innovation/Independent application
• Invention and encouraging children to write creatively
• Shared writing
• Talk for Writing in EYFS
“Since seeing how you and the St George’s team lead your school, I can say that a new vigour has been given to me. Your consistency and clarity of message is heartfelt and stimulating. Seeing the pride in your school was amazing”Middle Leader
“The school is an oasis of calm, with such a high level of attention to detail that really improves outcomes for all. This is something we will be bringing back to Selby to develop even further on our journey to be outstanding”Training delegate (Headteacher)