Our team of English Teaching and Learning Leads will keep you up to date with current research and effective pedagogical approaches in English. One of our key strategic objectives is improving outcomes for vulnerable groups of children including disadvantaged pupils and in these unprecedented and challenging times, we will be supporting schools to ameliorate the COVID gap
Data shows that at all key stages outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in Surrey are lower than disadvantaged pupils in England despite there being a significantly lower proportion.
This has been a concern for a number of years and despite significant effort and work the gap is not reducing. A key challenge is that the great majority of disadvantaged pupils are spread across schools with small numbers of disadvantaged pupils.
SAfE has been working with the Education Endowment Foundation, The Education Policy Institute and other leading national experts to develop a Surrey specific strategy that is based on robust evidence.
Evidence shows that improving outcomes is not about a single intervention rather a combination of joined up approaches. Therefore, our strategy is based on three inter-linked strands
A key way to tackle the disadvantage gap in the early years and throughout primary school is to improve children’s literacy and language skills. On average, 40 per cent of the overall gap between disadvantaged 16-year-olds and their peers has already emerged by the age of five.
These gaps are particularly pronounced in early language and literacy.
Black and Wiliam (2018) consider: “Children from working class families, who are only familiar with the restricted code of their everyday language, may find it difficult to engage with the elaborated code that is required by the learning discourse of the classroom and which those from middle class families experience in their home lives.”
Therefore, central to our strategy is a focus on the importance of supporting vocabulary and literacy development particularly for children who do not develop this foundational knowledge before they start school are helped to catch up.
We base our work on the best available current research and work with a number of experts in their fields to ensure we have an innovative approach. Here are some of the current research publications that underpin our approach to supporting pedagogy in English
EEF: Literacy Guidance reports
NFER: School Responses to Covid19: Pupil engagement in remote learning
National Literacy Trust: Children and young people’ reading in 2020 before and during the COVID-19 lockdown
Great Teaching Toolkit: Evidence Review 2020
Bridging the Word Gap at Transition: Oxford Language Report 2020
As part of our mission to ensure all pupils achieve the best possible outcomes, SAfE are committed to providing high quality professional learning.
Our ‘Supporting Pedagogy in English and Phonics’ programme will build on the autumn term webinars on our Language and Literacy strategy to ameliorate the COVID-19 Gap. We have designed a programme of professional learning which will demonstrate quality first teaching pedagogy that is shown to make a significant difference to pupil’s learning. We will use current research such as the EEF Improving Literacy report, to support teachers to develop effective approaches to improve outcomes.
The English Teaching and Learning Leads can offer bespoke in-school support over a period of time to:
Support implementation of a project or whole school initiative including whole school training and a review of the impact of initiatives.
Develop leadership skills of English Leaders to drive standards in their subject.
Support the development of identified teachers’ pedagogy to ensure they are delivering quality first teaching.
We hold regular network meetings for subject leaders to support them with the leadership of their subject. The aims of these sessions are to
Collaborate with peers and facilitate discussion between schools
Share expertise and good practice from Teaching and Learning Leads, other subject leaders and schools
Keep abreast of key research, pedagogy, latest local/national initiatives and resources to ensure high quality English provision
Develop leadership skills
Improve outcomes for pupils
Inform SAfE’s professional learning programme
To support quality first teaching, we will signpost you to useful websites and resources to support the teaching of English in primary schools.
We will also include resources to support your remote learning provision for English through online tools and resources as well as offline activities but many of the resources can be used in both the school setting as well as part of remote learning.
We will regularly update this list based on ideas from subject leaders as well as our own suggestions. We hope that signposting teachers to this list will decrease teacher workload allowing more time to focus on delivering high quality lessons that enable all children to achieve the best possible outcomes.
SAfE holds regular network meetings for English and Phonics, please find below downloadable resources from these meetings.
Thank you to those who attended our Primary English Recovery Network on June 22nd 2020, please find below the slides from this event:
Click here to download this presentation!
Thank you to those who attended our Primary English Recovery Network on July 13th 2020, please find below the slides from this event.
You can also download an example weekly lesson plan for transition back in to school by clicking here.
Thank you to those who attended our Primary English Network on October 6th 2020. Please find below the slides from this event:
Thank you to those who attended our Phonics Network Meeting on January 21st 2021, please find below the slides from this event:
Thank you to those who attended our English Network Meeting on January 26th 2021, please find below the slides from this event:
Thank you to those who attended our SAfE English Network Meeting on March 16th 2021, please find below the slides from this event:
Whiteknights English Hub is the Hub that is located in Reading, serving the south central region including Surrey It is one of only 34 schools across England appointed by the DfE to take a leading role in supporting schools to improve their teaching of phonics, early reading and early language. They cover a key area in the South Central of England and provide training and development to schools within the region through a collaborative approach to achieve better results for children.
Please take a look at their website for further information and to look at the CPD on offer to schools across the region.
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