Main school contact: Sarah Collymore Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. George’s is a one form entry primary school in the middle of a housing estate in Battersea, South London. The school has 63% of children eligible for the Pupil Premium and over 32 languages spoken. It is the most deprived school in the borough of Wandsworth and within the 2% most deprived areas, nationally. We were judged to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in September 2011 and this is where the journey really started for us. We wanted to continually improve and develop our practice and share it with others. Writing was a key area that we wanted to continue to improve. With limited language skills, and children speaking different languages at home, we wanted a writing programme that would develop children’s speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar skills alongside their creative writing skills. Talk for Writing was it!
We have used it across the whole school since 2011 and have watched our children thrive. Their ability to be successful storytellers and writers has developed beyond our expectation and this is life changing for the community. We ensure that all teaching is simple and effective and children are taught handwriting formally so that they have the physical skills to aid their creative writing – boy writers are a strength at St. George’s!
As a thriving National Support School, we worked with more than 40 schools last year on various aspects of their school curriculum and leadership.
We will be offering ‘Taster Mornings’ from Spring 2015 for those interested in getting to know more about the power of Talk for Writing. There will also be in-depth courses for subject leaders to implement Talk for Writing across their schools. Talk for Writing in the Early Years is a significant strength for us (Pie Corbett used our setting for his upcoming ‘Talk for Writing in the Early Years’ book & DVD) and we can offer visits/training packages for whole teams and groups of schools.
If you are interested in attending a training session please contact Sarah Collymore at email@example.com Training in the school is led by Samantha Reed-Drake (below).