Early Literacy Skills Programme: Training for Teaching Assistants

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The Early Literacy Skills Programme is a wave 2 literacy intervention for six-year olds who are not at age related expectations in reading, writing and phonics. It will enable pupils to catch up with their peers and reach age-expected levels within 20 weeks.


Why should I attend?

Teaching Assistants will become highly skilled literacy experts who are able to:

  • deliver high-quality, high-impact intervention to pupils working below age related expectations.
  • deliver high quality support for literacy in the classroom.

It is essential that attendees are passionate about literacy and have experience of working in KS1. 

To ensure maximum impact, they will need to be allocated with at least an hour a day to:

  • plan the intervention
  • deliver two 20-minute 1:1 sessions.

The 1:1 teaching structure of the Early Literacy Skills programme is proven to:

  • reduce the need for costly SEND intervention by supporting pupils to secure essential skills in literacy;
  • improve pupil confidence and self-esteem;
  • improve attendance;
  • support parental engagement.


What will the course cover?

The Early Literacy Skills programme will prepare attendees to:

  • carry out detailed diagnostic assessments and observations of literacy learning;
  • take and analyse running records;
  • understand  children’s learning and early literacy acquisition
  • assess and overcome children’s literacy barriers
  • become reflective of teaching decisions and their impact on children’s learning in reading and writing
  • learn how to develop and use a gradient of challenge in text reading to support progress in reading
  • achieve accelerated progress in writing
  • be an expert for the school for diagnostic assessment of literacy
  • work with parents to understand and support their child’s development.


Attendees will also have access to a user friendly data system for monitoring and reporting.


Other information

  • Delegates will need to park on Grafton Road and Becontree Avenue.
  • Lunch will NOT be provided.  Delegates will need to bring their own.
  • Delegates will need to provide their DBS number in advance of the training.
  • Places are limited to 8 and will be allocated on first come-first served.  We will run a waiting list if the course is full so please email CPDEvents@bdsip.co.uk to express your interest.


Who should attend?

  • Teaching Assistant







Session 1

Recap on Assessment


Session 2

Recap on Programme


Session 3

Moving into instruction- Theory and practice


Session 4

Teaching Decisions start 2 weekly data collection


Session 5

Developing effective strategic activity


Session 6

Fostering acceleration


Session 7

Prompting for strategic activity


Session 8

Discontinuing ELSP


Session 9

Attending to words in isolation


Session 10

Writing component


Session 11

Attending to letters/ sounds in isolation


Session 12

Increasing processing power


Session 13

The reflective practitioner


Session 14

Analysing reading behaviours to inform teaching


Session 15

Tools for reflection


Session 16

Phrasing and fluency


Session 17

Acceleration and when acceleration is compromised


Session 18

Building the foundations of a self-extending processing system


Session 19

Reciprocal gains of reading and writing


Session 20

Feedback, Celebration, and certificates




Pay as You Go - £100

CPD Package - No charge


Booking confirmation including access information and important pre-course information will be sent to you upon booking.

Please check your junk inbox if you do not receive your booking confirmation and ensure you mark the sender as safe to enable you to receive any further pre-course information or changes.


Contact information

For specific enquiries about this course, please contact Louise Harding via literacylessons@outlook.com

For general booking or CPD enquiries please contact CPDEvents@bdsip.co.uk

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