Montgomery Primary Academy is a successful school in inner city Birmingham. Just two years after being put into special measures and becoming an academy, we were judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted in September 2014. Our standards in writing have grown from strength to strength, achieving above national results both in attainment and progress. This is a phenomenal achievement considering 98% of our pupils have English as an additional language.
Developing a love for language and literacy is at the heart of our curriculum. Talk for Writing has been a driving force in our accelerated improvement in writing. It is embedded across the school, from Nursery to Year 6 and is led by a working party who work across the school to develop teaching and learning strategies. We have a strong commitment to staff training both in-house and action research with Pie Corbett. As a result, teacher confidence has grown throughout the school along with pupil enthusiasm and engagement.
Our training is aimed at headteachers, teachers, subject leaders and teaching assistants. We are more than happy to welcome individuals from schools, teams or working parties. For bespoke work, please contact the school.
Montgomery Primary Academy are offering the opportunity to schools who are looking to implement or develop Talk for Writing in their setting. Our packages can include:
Our training is for headteachers, teachers, subject leaders and teaching assistants. We are more than happy to welcome individuals from schools, teams or working parties. To book on a day, please download the two forms below and complete and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 6th March 2019 – An introduction to talk for writing in KS1 and EYFS
Wednesday 19th June 2019 – An introduction to talk for writing in KS1 and EYFS
Training Centre Charges
• Open days and mornings: £120 for a day visit with lunch; £60 for a half day with breakfast. A minimum of 4 delegates and a maximum of 10 delegates per school.
• £1000 for one day’s training, plus expenses, if the training takes place at another venue.If a training audience exceeds 60, the costs will be negotiated.
• £650 for one day’s consultancy advising a school. A maximum of 12 people per consultant.
• £350 for writing up a report if required.
Should you wish to discuss any of the above with the school or book training, please email: Montgomery@talk4writing.com
I just wanted to write on behalf of all the Essex headteachers who visited your school today what an amazing day we had. I began my time as a teacher in Birmingham (so I know the many challenges you face) and it brought back many happy memories to be back today. You are all doing such a marvellous job. It was simply the best professional development day I have ever had. I cannot believe how well you tailored the day to our specific requirements and everyone who presented was so inspiring and knowledgeable. Our professional development days with the Essex writing project have been great but nothing beats talking to people doing it in a real setting knowing exactly what the challenges are and the next steps in the journey. It was such a pleasure to be in your school and we have all come out absolutely buzzing with where our Talk for Writing journey will take us next. Please pass on all our thanks to everyone involved – you thought of everything to make us welcome from the lovely lady on reception to the wonderful lunch and refreshments. It is hard to believe that a school would also have so many staff who are not only fantastic teachers but also superb facilitators.
Julie Puxley, Headteacher, Katherine Semar School, Essex
As a school that was in special measures, the approach of Talk for Writing and the support to embed it across the school, has had a significant impact on our school’s improvement journey. Working with Montgomery has enabled our staff to see this approach in action & the significant impact that it has had on writing there. This in turn impacted significantly on our writing this year across the school, and in particular boys’ writing, has seen a significant improvement. The days attended at Montgomery have inspired staff to drive through the changes here, thank you.
Karen Horne, Principal, Mansfield Green EAct Academy.
A significant proportion of pupils, approximately one third, have made outstanding progress, particularly in writing, having caught up on previously lost ground. This includes pupils who joined the school in the early stages of learning English as an additional language. Middle leaders effectively manage subjects in curriculum teams, as reflected in the ‘Talk for Writing’ project that has resulted in a significant improvement to standards in pupils’ writing across the school.