St. George’s CE Primary School, Battersea, London

St Georges- Talk for Writing training centre

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. Talk for Writing in the Early Years is a significant strength for us (Pie Corbett used our setting for the ‘Talk for Writing in the Early Years’ book & DVD) and we can 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

See Talk for Writing in action across the school
Time to look at children’s writing books
Training session with Deputy Headteacher – What is Talk for Writing? How can you use it in your classroom?

Dates TBC

8.15am -12.45pm
£100 per delegate (including breakfast and refreshments throughout the morning)

– See Talk for Writing in action in the Early Years
– Look at children’s writing books
– Training session with our Deputy Headteacher – What is Talk for Writing? How can you use it in your classroom?

Dates: 17th November 2020

8.15am -12.45pm
£150 per delegate (including breakfast and refreshments throughout the morning)


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Smiling pupils with books St George's CE Primary
“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)
Pupils working St George's CE Primary
“It is not often that one is inspired to write an email, yet that is how I feel today! 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. The standards that you set are not unachievable or unattainable, far from it. Your consistency and clarity of message is heartfelt and stimulating. Seeing the pride in your school was amazing”Middle Leader
“‘I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and your staff for hosting the visit from my staff last week. They are absolutely buzzing and writing action plans as I type!”Headteacher