Developing Vocabulary - CPD package for teaching & learning

This suite of materials has been designed following several successful projects in Devon. Based on sound, up-to-date research into vocabulary development, we aim to provide CPD leaders in schools with the subject knowledge and high-quality materials they need in order to drive their own project and develop their school/department approach to teaching vocabulary. It supports a model of collaborative learning, which has been proven to have the greatest impact on both teachers and students.

The resources now include a 30-minute webinar to support you with implementing a successful whole-school approach. We aim to introduce the materials, advise on their use, and guide you through the strategic development of vocabulary in your school.

The electronic ‘pack’ contains...

  • 6 detailed (roughly 90-minute) session plans/presenter notes (these include the subject knowledge needed to run training, links to further reading and a number of suggestions for adaptations)
  • PowerPoint presentations for each session
  • Photocopiable resource masters for the sessions

Plans have common features: suggested timings, descriptions and explanations of activities and reference to resources required. Pre- and post-session tasks are provided, with the expectation that participants will complete these in order to get the most out of each session.

Each begins with a ‘word warm-up’ to foster word consciousness and model activities worth doing with children; all end with a short activity to encourage reflection on what has been learned during the session.

Very many thanks to all the Devon schools involved in our vocabulary projects - we couldn't have created these materials without you! 


The whole programme can be purchased now for just £200 (+VAT). Visit our online shop here!

Re-think Reading! - guided/whole class reading plans for Years 1-6

This resource is a collection of reading plans based on high quality texts for teaching reading from Y1 to Y6. Although the texts are not included, many are well-known books that will be in school libraries and some are freely available online. Re-think Reading! is organised in phases of Y1, Y2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 with at least 12 sets of plans per phase. Click here for an overview of all the texts and focuses.

Re-think Reading! covers many aspects of the National Curriculum for reading but is not totally comprehensive. Some elements will need to be taught through teaching sequences, other curriculum areas or story times. Each set of plans consists of up to three consecutive lessons, usually based around a single text.

National Curriculum Objectives

Each set of session plans focuses on objectives from the National Curriculum for reading for the relevant year group or phase. The plans are independent of one another and there is no particular pathway or progression through them as this will be determined based on the developing needs of the children.

Reading methodology

The sessions are written primarily for small group guided reading. However, most are easily adaptable to whole class reading contexts. Additionally, all the plans can be adjusted to meet the needs of children.

Organisation of session plans

Each plan includes the following elements:

  • The title and publisher’s details
  • A brief synopsis of the book
  • A list of other books by the same author and a list of other related texts
  • National Curriculum objectives that are a focus in the sessions and how these are contextualised in the plans
  • Up to three session plans with a structure of Book Introduction, Strategy Check, Independent Reading, Respond to Text
  • Pre-reading and post-reading tasks where relevant for the teaching sessions
  • Other independent activities (optional)
  • Resources for the teaching sessions

Take a look at our free samples here.

Plans can be purchased individually for £3 (+VAT) each, by phase for £30 (+VAT) or for the whole school for just £100 (+VAT) - available here from our digital store.

No Nonsense Spelling

No Nonsense Spelling is a  complete spelling programme designed to cover the needs of the 2014 National Curriculum in a manageable way. Written by the Babcock LDP Primary Literacy team, the programme is easy to use, flexible and comprehensive, providing sufficient guidance to implement an effective spelling teaching programme from Year 2 to Year 6. The programme consists of one book for each year group which contains a pathway through the year term by term as well as activities and resources for each session.

Included in the package is a USB stick with the whole programme in Word format so that schools can put it on their servers and teachers can download the sessions and make changes when required.

All of this for £299

To purchase a copy click here  To see training relating to this product, click here. Visit our Spelling page for more spelling resources.

No Nonsense Grammar

No Nonsense Grammar is a new complete grammar programme designed to meet the needs of the 2014 National Curriculum in a manageable way. Written by the Babcock LDP Primary Literacy team, the programme is easy to use, flexible and comprehensive, providing sufficient guidance to implement an effective grammar teaching programme from Year 1 to Year 6. Each box includes the following: two copies of each book of lessons and resources (KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2);  a copy of Babcock's unique Sentence Toolkit to help your students get to grips with the building blocks of grammar; a USB stick containing editable versions of all the activities and resources, video guidance from the lead author on how to use the programme in your school, and 26 Raintree PDF eBooks for use as exemplar texts in your grammar teaching.

Each book contains progression charts for the elements of grammar included in the curriculum, a subject knowledge section, lessons and resources to teach the grammar plus assessment points and ways of exploring what children know.

The cost is £299+VAT and can be purchased here.

We can offer training in-school or virtually. Contact us by emailing to discuss costs for a training model to suit you. For more details on what the training could include, visit our Training & School Support page.

See the grammar progression charts and our other grammar resources here.

No Nonsense Literacy - our teaching sequences subscription, from Raintree

No Nonsense Literacy is an innovative support package containing both teaching sequences for planning in English and assessment of writing.

The teaching sequences follow a three-part plan: Learning about the text, Practising writing and Independent writing. Each sequence is based on quality children's literature and has reading activities and grammar taught in context included.  There are over 150 sequences, all of which are available in Word format, as well as PDF, so that teachers can make their own adaptations to suit their class. These sequences are a core element in raising standards in writing. See further information about teaching sequences here and the texts we have written the sequences around.

Assessment of Writing is an innovative set of resources providing support and guidance to help teachers make accurate, evidence-based assessments of writing across KS1 and KS2 and establish appropriate expectations for each year group. These are used by schools to support teachers who are moving year groups, to raise and set expectations and to support standardisation, assessment and moderation procedures in school.  There are examples of writing from Y1 to Y6 all of which have been assessed using the Babcock LDP Evidence Gathering Sheets and statutory criteria for Y2 and Y6. The writing has been annotated, much like an exemplification file, to show how the judgements have been made. Much of the writing is outcomes from the teaching sequences so it is also used to show what can be expected from the planning.

The annual subscription to the full package is £349 +VAT, which includes at least 18 new teaching sequences each year and one update to the Assessment of Writing. This year the update is complete samples of writing from each year group, assessed and annotated for Expected (EXS) or Greater Depth (GDS). See samples of the resources here.

Click here to see further examples and to subscribe.

We offer a range of training to support the use of these resources. Please visit the In-school page and the training page to see the range that we can offer.

Assessment of Writing - purchased as part of No Nonsense Literacy, or available separately

Assessment of WritingThis is an innovative package of support for English writing assessment.

It consists of samples of writing from Year 1 to Year 6, all of which have been assessed and annotated to show what the assessment criteria look like in children's writing.  Alongside the annotated examples of writing are unannotated versions which makes this a very flexible resource.

It also includes complete samples of childrens' writing assessed at Expected (EXS) and Greater Depth (GDS) for all year groups from Y1 to Y6. Visit our assessment page to see the Y3 example of EXS and to see our range of assessment tools for reading and writing.

Lastly, there is a third section that looks closely at pupil progress through a sequence of teaching from initial elicitation task to a final independent piece of writing. For each year group in the primary age range there are helpful notes and observations, written in a similar style to STA-produced statutory moderation commentaries.

Teachers have found this resource invaluable when making accurate judgements through standardisation and moderation. Schools have also used the materials to support teachers who have moved year groups and to help those who are using our teaching sequences to show the quality of work and progress that can be expected from the children.


Assessment of Writing is available from our publishers, Raintree. The cost for the annual subscription is £180+VAT; click here to purchase a subscription (this can be combined with the purchase of a teaching sequence subscription as part of our full No Nonsense Literacy package).

We offer a range of resources to support assessment on our Assessment page and can provide training and support in assessment of writing, standardisation and moderation.  Visit our School support and Training pages to see the full range of support.

Teaching Sequences

Our annual Teaching Sequence subscription consists of over 160 teaching sequences written for KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 based on quality children's literature: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We call these books 'Texts That Teach' and you can see the texts we have written sequences around here.

Each sequence is based on a three-part structure which includes Learning about the text, Practising writing and Independent writing.  Built into the sequences are reading activities and grammar taught in the context of the book using a range of  techniques. A suggested elicitation task is provided as a way of measuring progress across the unit of work. Click here to see an example.

Each year at least 18 new sequences will be added, 6 for each key stage.  These new sequences will be shared on our Texts That Teach pages so that you can see what is up and coming.

Subscribe to the teaching sequences for just £199+VAT. 

We offer a range of training to help subscribers make the most of the teaching sequences. Please visit our School support page and our Training page to see the range that we can provide.

Individual Teaching Sequences

For those who do not wish to subscribe to all of our teaching sequences, we do offer a service where you can purchase an individual teaching sequence at our estore.

Each sequence costs £5+VAT. To see the range of sequences, visit our Texts That Teach page and download the list for the year group and then visit the Shop and purchase it.

Babcock English Team

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