Recently we have been working with The National Literacy Trust presenting our work at their conferences titled “How to be outstanding in the New National Curriculum.” The National Literacy Trust is a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. The charity is committed to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged communities, where up to 40 per cent of people have literacy problems.
In terms of “closing the gap” the approach we developed for the National Literacy Trust makes a rapid and sustained impact for all pupils. It is based on the use of technology to support the complete writing process from initial talk through to publishing and sharing with an audience, including key steps such as visual sequencing, drafting, collaboration and feedback. The elements of the New National Curriculum related in particular to speaking and listening underpinning progress in reading and writing, and participation in presentations and debates fit perfectly with the approach we developed in the classroom. Our Spring Term Courses will give headteachers, subject co-ordinators and teachers the opportunity to experience the impact of our whole school approach to using technology to raise standards through outstanding teaching across the curriculum.
Chris Williams presenting our work in London for the Nat Lit Trust