Early Literacy Skills Programme: Training for Teaching Assistants

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The Early Literacy Skills Programme (ELSP) 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 10 weeks of intensive intervention. In its first year, the ELSP saw an average 8.7 months progress across all children receiving intervention as part of the training programme.


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.


Schools will need to register their interest. They will then be contacted by Louise Harding to arrange bespoke delivery of the training programme.


Who should attend?



☐ARP Lead

☐Senior Leader

☐Middle Leader

☐Head of Department

☐Deputy Head

☐Subject Lead/ Coordinator


☒Teaching Assistant

☐Learning Support Assistant



☐IT technician


☐Parents support advisors

☐Attendance Lead



£100 per delegate.



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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