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Thumb [email protected]: Building confident, enthusiastic and independent writers Course
Every Child Counts

This course trains teaching assistants to deliver the groundbreaking [email protected] intervention to small groups of pupils in Years 3 to 5 who have fallen behind at writing. High-quality training enables them to deliver the intervention effectively and to strengthen their support for writing across the school. Over 1,000 teaching assistants have already been trained and have supported children to make progress in all aspects of writing

£990.00 (no VAT on this item) approx price for one TA and a link teacher, with resources
£570.00 (no VAT on this item) approx price for a second TA with resources
(Duration: 3 days over 3 months)

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Stated learning outcomes for this course

1st[email protected] enables Teaching Assistants to make a real difference for pupils who have difficulties with transcription and composition

This course trains teaching assistants to deliver the [email protected] intervention

1st[email protected] is a new, highly motivating and effective intervention for pupils mainly in Years 3 to 5 who have fallen behind at writing.  A trained teaching assistant helps them to make faster progress so that they can catch up with their peers.

1st[email protected] is an Every Child Counts intervention, developed by Edge Hill University.  Expert training enables teaching assistants to deliver it effectively and to strengthen their support for writing across the school.

There are two versions:

The Pirate Writing Crew for pupils who need support to access Year 3 expectations.

Dragon Hunteres for pupils who need support to access Year 4 expectations

How does it work?

A teaching assistant delivers 48 stimulating and motivating half-hour lessons to a group of up to 4 pupils, 4 times a week, in addition to their daily class lessons.  The pupils develop key skills of spelling, handwriting, grammar, and punctuation in order to complete daily writing tasks bound up with the thematic adventure stories.  They develop their composition and editing skills through a balance of supported ‘one-liners’ and sustained, independent writing.

It all comes ‘ready-made’ with detailed plans and comprehensive resources.  The TA is supported by a senior teacher in the school who acts as a Link Teacher.

We have been crying out for something like this for so long!  It developed the key components of writing in a fun, engaging way.
Claire Daly, Deputy Headteacher, The Raglan Schools, Enfield


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