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Supporting Spelling in Years 1,2 and 3: A workshop for Teaching Assistants



Thursday 13th May 2021  10am - 12noon





Many schools are identifying spelling as a priority across the year groups and are working to develop learning and teaching in this area. In many cases, TAs are involved in supporting the teaching of whole class and group spelling, as well as supporting pupils to apply spelling strategies when writing.

This interactive online course is designed to provide TAs with an understanding of the curriculum for spelling and its associated subject knowledge, as well as an opportunity to explore strategies and approaches for engaging pupils in investigating, learning and applying spelling. Included in the workshop will be games and activities to teach and practise spelling concepts, as well as ideas for the application of spelling within discrete sessions and across the curriculum.

You will receive in advance all the handouts and resources for you to fully participate and, throughout the sessions, there will be opportunities for practical activities, breakout discussion groups and questions.

NB: If you work with pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 who still need support with spelling knowledge from the curriculum for years 1, 2 and 3, you may find it useful to attend this workshop to gain knowledge and strategies to support them.

Participants will:

• understand the national curriculum requirements for spelling in each year group and the associated subject knowledge and terminology

• explore strategies, activities and resources for teaching spelling

• consider approaches for supporting pupils who find difficulty with learning, remembering and applying spellings 

Please note, due the highly interactive nature of the session, the price admits one delegate only. 

  • Trainer

    As an experienced English consultant, Susie Spolander works with schools, partnerships and trusts to develop and improve all aspects of English across the primary age range. Using her knowledge of the curriculum, assessment and effective teaching and learning practices, she successfully supports many schools and teachers to improve outcomes for their pupils. During her 20+ year career in Education, Susie has enjoyed classroom teaching, as well as holding a range of senior leadership posts. Prior to establishing her own consultancy business, she worked as an English Consultant for Oxfordshire County Council’s School Improvement Service. Susie has written, developed and led a wide variety of training events, programmes and projects to address current local and national educational priorities. She is also an accredited trainer for several reading intervention programmes. In recognition of her work, Susie has been awarded the Gold Quality Mark for Professional Development by the London Institute of Education.

    Susie is passionate about finding innovative ways to inspire teachers and engage learners. Her training is of high quality: rooted in the curriculum, with evidence-based practice alongside creative teaching and learning approaches. Susie believes in a bespoke approach to school support, working alongside school leaders, class teachers and support staff to develop practice through a range of leadership and classroom-based strategies, always precisely tailored to the identified needs of the school.

    Susie provides training, resources and school support in partnership with local and national organisations, such as Quest for Learning, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance and Oxford University Press.