Leading Literacy to Outstanding

This course offers practical, evidence-based strategies to help pupils improve their literacy confidence and competence in the 11-19 phase. The day focuses on leadership and practical classroom approaches that you and your colleagues can try immediately. We explore the leadership of literacy in schools and making the most of inspection. The course will encourage you to link literacy, learning and leadership in your school.

On this course, delegates will consider:

  • What makes outstanding literacy
  • What does the research tell us about what works
  • How to include our subject colleagues
  • How to develop whole-school approaches to literacy
  • How do we track literacy progress across the school
  • How to measure improvements in impact
  • How do we share best practice across the school
  • How to work positively with the inspection process
  • How to help our pupils develop a ‘thirst for learning’
  • Helping our pupils to be leaders of literacy

Structure of the day

Session 1: 0930-1015 - Leading our literacy project

Session 2: 1015-1100 - How we can help each other lead literacy part 1

1100 - break

Session 2: 1115-1145 - How we can help each other lead literacy part 2

Session 3: 1145-1215 - How we can track and measure literacy in our school

Session 4: 1215-1330 - Sustaining our literacy project part 1

1230 - lunch

Session 4 1330-1430 - Sustaining our literacy project part 2

1430 - break

Session 5 1445-1530 - Our pupils as literacy leaders

Presenter Profile

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Graham Tyrer is an Ofsted inspector and national trainer. He was headteacher of Chenderit School, Northamptonshire, UK, rated by England’s school inspectors, Ofsted, as Outstanding and of Ash Green School, Warwickshire which became one of the highest achieving schools in the country. Graham has a wealth of experience in school improvement and national INSET. He delivers training in Literacy Across the Curriculum and Learning to Lead for the National Literacy Trust, National College for School Leadership, the National Breakthrough Trust, Osiris, Teachology and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. Graham is the author of Learning to Lead (Bloomsbury), The Literacy Leader’s Toolkit (Bloomsbury), 100 Ideas for Cross Curricular Literacy (Bloomsbury) and All Shall Be Well (Purflain Press). He is a winner of the TES Outstanding Literacy Initiative Award and won the SSAT Every Child Matters, national literacy award. Graham won a Secondary Teacher of the Year award. Graham’s practice had been recognized as nationally significant best practice by Ofsted in their survey of Literacy Across the Curriculum in Schools.

Impact evidence, over four years, from leading Chenderit School:

GCSE English rose to 92% - A*-C - from 65%
Whole school A*ACEM rose from 57% to 70%
TES Outstanding Literacy Award
SSAT Outstanding Literacy Award
Ofsted Best Literacy Practice
Ofsted school grading: Outstanding

Cost: £250 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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