Training & School Support

We can offer a whole range of support to schools based around raising standards in English.  Any training that we offer, we can run in school for just you and your staff or for you and your neighbouring schools. 

The benefits of us visiting your school are...

  • the training or support can be delivered at a time that suits you, making it a more effective learning experience;
  • if the training and support is in reading, grammar, spelling or phonics, we can offer to teach groups of children to show what it looks like in the classroom;
  • no time wasted travelling to a venue.

We can offer training in all aspects of primary and secondary English.  All of our training is tailored to the needs of the individuals or groups that we work with and can be a series of sessions, a whole day, half day or staff meeting. Alongside training sessions, we can also offer on-going focused projects for a school or group of schools.  We are  based in Devon so, where suitable, some of our training can be undertaken remotely to make it more cost effective.

Please see below for the key areas we can offer. If what you are interested in is not there, do contact us as we can deliver bespoke training in all things English. Email for more information and to discuss a training model and costs that might best suit your needs.


Since working on our first vocabulary project with schools in 2017/18, we are increasingly being asked for training in this area.

We can offer series of staff meetings, twilights, half- or full-day INSETs to schools or groups of schools, and are happy to provide tailor-made sessions to support as required. Contact us by emailing to discuss what might be best for you.

We can also offer alongside support for schools interested in our Developing Vocabulary CPD package for teaching & learning. Take a look at our Vocabulary page and talk to us to find out more; .

Effective teaching of grammar embedded in quality children's literature

This training focuses on the use of strong grammar subject knowledge and pedagogy to raise standards in writing and the end of KS2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test.  All of our grammar teaching is embedded within quality children's literature and focuses on the impact it makes on writing as well as the knowledge needed to teach it effectively.

Reciprocal Reading

Reciprocal reading is a way of teaching comprehension. It focuses on the four key skills of predicting, questioning, clarifying and summarising alongside discussion about how the children used their problem-solving stratgies to understand the text. This is a very well-researched method of teaching comprehension and provides teachers and teaching assistants with a toolkit of strategies to draw upon when teaching reading. It can be used for whole class teaching and with groups.


We offer training in all aspects of teacher assessment in reading and writing,

All the team are STA accredited moderators at KS1 and/or KS2 for statutory assessments. We can support individual and  peer to peer moderation both in school and across schools and can verify school judgements in all year groups.

We have our own range of assessment tools, particularly for writing, and can offer training to schools in order that they make the best use of them,

Subject and Senior Leaders

We can offer training and support to subject and senior leaders in all aspects of raising standards in reading and writing.  Areas that we are often asked to support are:

  • auditing reading and/or writing and identifying next steps
  • auditing the progress of particular groups, e.g. disadvantaged pupils or boys writing and identifiying next steps
  • writing action plans
  • in-school moderation of writing and identification of progress in writing
  • planning alongside teachers
  • training in all aspects of English for teaching assistants
  • planning effective programmes of CPD
  • evaluating the school's action plan and identifying impact of actions
  • on-going support for a new subject leader


Spelling is an important part of writing, as reflected in the end of KS expectations. We can offer training which can cover all or some of the following areas:

  • what makes for an effective spelling programme
  • using assessment to drive teaching and learning
  • concepts and core learning of the 2014 national currciculum
  • strategies for learning spellings
  • strategies at the point of writing
  • strategies after writing
  • proof-reading

Contact us by emailing for more information and to discuss costs for a training model to suit you. 

Getting Going with Teaching Sequences

We offer a comprehensive planning package, No Nonsense Literacy, and for those schools who have purchased it, we are able to offer training in making the best use of the planning. The first part of this training is Getting Going with Teaching Sequences and focuses on the basic ways in which schools can implement the sequences effectively across the school, how the sequences are structured and the purpose of each phase.

This training can be offered as a one-off session but schools often get greater impact if the training occurs over two sessions, allowing for a task inbetween.

This training can also be offered remotely (we use ClickMeeting) for those schools who are futher away from us, making it very cost-effective training.

Moving on with Teaching Sequences

Once schools have become familiar with our teaching sequences and the way they work, the Moving on with Teaching Sequences is training that helps schools to make the most of them in terms of adapting them for the class to ensure that the children's needs are met.

This training can be delivered as a one-off session but schools get the most impact if it is delivered in two sessions with a task set inbetween. Teachers can then bring along the sequence and their children's writing to the second session to develop the sequences in greater detail.

For schools that are not based near us, we can offer this training remotely via ClickMeeting, making it cost-effective training.

No Nonsense Spelling, Grammar and Literacy - in-school or remote training

The No Nonsense resources have been developed to offer teachers a comprehensive but accessible approach to the teaching of spelling, grammar, No Nonsense Literacy (teaching sequences and assessment for writing) and number facts. To complement these resources we have developed a range of training sessions to help you get the most out of your resources.

We can of course visit your school to deliver the training but often a more cost-effective method of doing this is to deliver the training remotely (we usually use ClickMeeting).  This means that there are techinical requirements such as a screen/whiteboard, internet connected computer and a microphone. Contact the English team by emailing for more information and to discuss costs for a training model to suit you. 

No Nonsense Spelling introduces staff to the materials, concepts and approaches used in the programme. The training covers:

  • the principles of teaching and learning in spelling
  • teaching the lessons: content and strategies
  • adapting the resources to meet your children's needs
  • routines and resources for independent learning and ownership

No Nonsense Grammar introduces staff to the materials and will cover:

  • the organisation of the resource
  • effective pedagogy for teaching grammar
  • strategies for adapting the resource in your classroom
  • core subject knowledge

No Nonsense Literacy will:

  • introduce the planning and assessment materials and support effective implementation
  • develop a clear understanding of the progression through a teaching sequences
  • identify possible uses for Assessment for Writing

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