Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong, is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It is powerful 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
The Talk for Writing network is free to join. Members receive a termly email newsletter containing info about new free resources and planned conferences. The network is currently being developed so that Talk for Writing schools can link up with others in their area. Sign up to the free network today.
In 2015 Pie Corbett will be presenting Talk for Writing conferences in locations around the country. Each set of conferences has a different focus. Take a look at Pie’s conference schedule for more information and to book your place.
We provide free downloadable resources for you to use with your own class. These range from lesson plans to grammar worksheets. Take a look at our free resource section and find out what could help you.
Pie works closely with a small number of Talk for Writing consultants that can provide training to schools. For more information visit our training page and contact a consultant regarding directly.
You can purchase printed Talk for Writing resources written by Pie Corbett and Julia Strong, including the widely acclaimed Talk for Writing Across the Curriculum book.
Both Pie Corbett and Julia Strong are currently engaged in a number of Talk for Writing projects with the aim of further developing and embedding the approach. Have a look at written accounts of all our projects.
Schools from foundation, to primary to secondary have told us that the Talk for Writing approach has transformed their schools, this page contains a few stories about how they have used Talk for Writing.
“I thank you and all of my children thank you. Talk for Writing has transformed the quality of my teaching and their learning.”
“Talk for Writing is inspiring and will influence and change my approach to how I teach. I’ll pass this on to the whole school so we can make a difference for the future generation.”
“Following going into special measures we started Talk4Writing. It has made an unbelievable difference. Children who only wrote odd words then wrote pages.”
“I have found Talk for Writing across the curriculum a great resource which has sparked interest in the children and rekindled my own interest in teaching literacy. Thank to you.”
“We have been using Talk for Writing for a year now and have seen the benefit”
“Talk for Writing has been running in our school for two years now and we are seeing the impact on our writing. It is embedded from Daycare to Y6 and we are so grateful to Pie for this simple yet effective way of teaching. Thank you.”
“The impact of Talk for Writing on children’s work is quite remarkable. Poor children no longer sit and twiddle thumbs, staring into space, but are motivated and engaged and are achieving success.”
“We have only been following the Talk for Writing approach for a few months but we are already seeing AMAZING progress. The children love the approach – actions, drama, text maps and boxing up. Our children have very poor vocabulary, but are beginning to internalise things and it’s all because of Talk for Writing. Thank you for sharing your great ideas!”
“The children love it! Writing confidence is on the increase.”
“Talk for Writing has had such an immense impact on my teaching, and more importantly on the enjoyment and quality of the writing of the children. It’s a process that provides an endless range of possibilities with plain English structure at its core. Thank you so, so much.”
“Thank you SO much! I have been in a privileged position of leading Every Child A Writer Project in several local schools. Without question the Talk for Writing ideas and materials have been taken on by so many teachers. Children have loved them too. We are letting kids talk again!”
“Talk for Writing will allow me to really get the best out of my students – making me a better teacher. Thank you.”
“Talk for Writing has transformed my children’s writing. It is a well-structured approach that differentiates, informs and really helps.”
“I piloted Talk for Writing with my children a couple of years ago. I am now working on developing it across the school. We have started in KS1, it’s having a very positive impact on standards and children’s enthusiasm for storytelling! Thank you.”
“It is amazing. I have now completed all the courses. All of my KS1 children have made good or outstanding progress. The actions make all the difference. “
“Talk for Writing has made a huge difference in our school.”
“95% of our children are EAL, using Talk for Writing gives them the opportunity to learn stories Most don’t get to read stories at night…Talk4Writing helps bridge that gap and helps them to access stories and embed the ‘story process’ before they write their own.”
“This approach works really well with our reluctant boy writers as structure gives reassurance. Thanks”
“Talk for Writing is important because it helps to provide and empower children with language structures to enjoy creating excellent writing and helps to make difficult abstract ideas clear.”
“We introduced Talk for Writing at the beginning of this school year. We are taking it seriously as a whole school approach and already it has made a considerable difference.”