Warren Road Primary School, Orpington, Kent

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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

Priced at £75 per person.

– An overview of the TfW process and its impact on raising standards.
– An Immersion in classrooms to see TfW being taught throughout the school.
– A book look to see the written outcomes over time.
– A question and answer session with teachers, children and the TfW lead.

Wednesday 8 June 2022 9am–12:30pm

TfW Immersion Day


Watch two TfW lessons. Immerse yourselves in TfW in the classroom – observe a specific stage in the TfW process from short burst writing, story mapping to shared writing and innovation. Benefit from seeing the process in action being led by outstanding teachers.


Spend the afternoon with one of our TfW leads:
Planning or unpicking a unit; talking through ideas; teaching tips; looking at books; tips for marking and feedback.

We can accommodate any year group.

£300 for the day or £200 just for the afternoon – planning session.

Alternatively, we could plan something bespoke that meets your specific requirements.

Quote from schools that have benefited from Warren Road’s CPD.

“I just wanted to say how fantastic the training was for us and thank you for being such great hosts! The three teachers who worked with us were so helpful and took us through the units step by step, which is exactly what we needed! We found it so useful and have taken such a great deal away from it.”

“The TfW training was exceptionally useful and year 5 has already begun to embed some of the strategies used. I felt really inspired by the short-burst writing to enrich the pupil’s vocabulary and develop their writing style. I came away feeling motivated, challenged and ready to teach. Thank you.”


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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