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Talking for Writing in KS2 Conference

Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett supported by Julia Strong, is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. Talk for Writing is powerful strategy because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version.


Talking for Writing in KS2 Conference.

This conference will focus on practical strategies for developing children as storytellers, poetry performers and writers. The conference will explore how to help children deepen their understanding of what makes good writing, building up a store of patterns and writing techniques.

 The day will provide you with a bank of imaginative ideas for developing children's confidence as creative and inventive writers.

Talking for writing is based on the research of the Educational Consultant, Pie Corbett and is suitable for all key stages.


June 26th 2018


9.30am - 4pm (Lunch provided)

Hazel Oak School, Hazeloak Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 2AZ

Who for?

All settings working with pupils with SEND, EYFS practitioners and NQTs.


We are a new specialist Teaching Alliance in the Solihull borough, consisting of 4 outstanding special schools and a mainstream primary school. We aim to provide a wide range of training and support opportunities for the local educational community, offering insight into inclusion and SEN provision for all.

Places are limited so please register your interest ASAP! See contact form below.

Pie Corbett

Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written well over two hundred books. He is now best known for creating the Talk for Writing approach to learning, which is widely used within UK primary schools.

The Implications of the Rochford Review: Assessment for 21st Century Children with SEND

This important conference follows the publication of the Rochford Review. It provides expert, practical insight into the proposed new Statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests. It is designed to ease anxieties about proposed changes, and help colleagues develop a thorough understanding of the underpinning issues as well as a confident, practical approach to the new arrangements. There will be a particular focus on the Engagement for Learning Framework, and how this can illuminate children’s learning, achievements and progress.  

Morning Programme

Richard Aird OBE a member of the Rochford Review, will discuss provision for those pupils with SEND who were the focus of the Review, including recommendations for schools to combine distinctive pedagogy with formative and summative assessment approaches to ensure that provision is sufficiently robust to meet new statutory requirements and the ambitions of recent SEND legislation. Professor Barry Carpenter CBE will then share extensive international research which he and others have undertaken in the area of pupil engagement and explain the fundamental importance which the Engagement for Learning Framework can play in raising standards of teaching and learning for all learners with SEND.  In particular, the needs of the new generation of children with Complex Needs – pervasive across all schools, including mainstream – will be considered.

Afternoon Programme

Research consultant, Jo Egerton, and complex learning needs co-ordinator, Bev Cockbill, are published authors, and highly experienced in the development and use of the Engagement Profile and Scale.  Working in partnership, they will present an in-depth, practical exploration of the Engagement for Learning Framework, using case studies and video to enable participants to familiarise themselves with its everyday use. The day will close with an opportunity for delegates to consider the Principles outlined by the Rochford Review, raise questions and ensure they depart feeling inspired and confident about improving outcomes for the country’s most complex and vulnerable learners.

Course Enquiry:

“Well delivered, sequential steps explained and modelled well.”

Developing an Understanding of Number within P levels July 2016