Warren Road Primary School, Orpington, Kent

Warren Road Primary School is a large 4-form entry academy on the edge of Orpington in the London Borough of Bromley. We are an ‘Outstanding’ school and well-established National Teaching School (designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership).

Talk for Writing has been the most successful whole school initiative we have undertaken at Warren Road. Staff have collaborated to share skills, expertise and support one another in the project’s implementation. Standards have risen in all year groups, especially in areas of ‘Greater Depth’, where written outcomes are over an extremely high standard.

Visitors to the school will find themselves immersed in lessons where vocabulary is championed and celebrated; grammar, punctuation and spelling is contextualised and used with confidence and content is rich and engaging.

Our mission statement for Literacy is: ‘Children love English and are excited to read, write and express themselves.’ Before TfW, 61% of children said that they enjoyed Literacy and felt confident as writers. After the first year of TfW, a staggering 91% of children felt this way, meaning that – in the space of a year – we changed the attitude of 216 children…and this percentage continues to rise!

Since 2012, we have been a National Teaching School (Warren Teaching School Alliance). Based upon specific requirements, Warren Road can tailor training packages or visits to suit.

Introduction Mornings

£100 per person.

Our open mornings offer an insight into the Talk for Writing process and are aimed at both leaders and teachers. Delegates will gain an understanding of the three i’s – 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
• Have the opportunity to look at work in books

Thursday 9th March 2023. 9.15am–12:30pm

New to Talk for Writing Day

9.15am to 3pm
25th May 2023 (Non-Fiction)

Are you new to Talk for Writing? Would you like an insight into what Talk for Writing looks like in the classroom? This course is aimed at teachers who would like an insight into the process and also seeing it in action in classrooms. Delegates will also gain an understanding of the three i’s – innovation, imitation and independent application.

£200 per delegate – including lunch

Short-burst Writing Morning

Observing in class and shared writing with delegates

9.15am to 12.30pm
Wednesday 7th June 2023 KS1 & KS2

Do you want to learn how to lead short burst writing in your classroom? If so, come along to one of our short burst open mornings. Delegates will see short burst writing in action in classrooms and will be talked through a short burst lesson which they can take away with them into their own classrooms.

£100 per delegate


Course details here: https://wrta.uk/

Tamara Fletcher
Tamara Fletcher@warrenroad.bromley.sch.uk

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Reception storytelling Warren Road Primary School
“A love of writing is being fostered and the transition between year groups over time should become easier. What [my son] can do and tell me at 6 years old is remarkable! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication in moving this initiative forward at Warren Road.”Parent
Hungry Caterpillar display Warren Road Primary School
“I really like Talk for Writing because I used to not like Literacy that much, but now I really do because I know what I am doing. I used to not have many ideas, but now I have lots. I also didn’t know how to write my ideas down, how to format them, but now, with the help of the story maps, I have learnt how to get them onto the paper.”Pupil
“I would like to let you know that my son has made a significant improvement in his writing this year…He used to tell me that he had not got a clue what to write and how to start a story…He is very lucky to be in the first year group who practise/learn the new method of writing. It is extremely helpful and has boosted his confidence in writing. Thank you!”Parent