The online IPE course has been incredibly useful and I have learnt a lot, so much so that my head teacher is encouraging me to go for deputy headship in other schools as she is very impressed with my ability to interpret data, support staff and look for solutions.
IPE Candidate Spring 2014

Improving Primary English - A Whole School Strategy to Improve Primary Literacy

Through this course you can develop expert knowledge of Primary English to meet the needs of a diverse school population. We can help you to identify specific issues through analysis of data, set targets for improvement & reflect on your teaching practices.

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This Course Covers:

  • Analysing data at pupil, school and national level including expected progress.
  • Identifying issues for the school through analysis of data and setting targets for improvement.
  • Implementing improvements to teaching.
  • Assessing, monitoring, evaluating and recording pupil progress.
  • Current English National Curriculum - Assessing Without Levels
  • 2017/18 KS1 & KS2 SATs
  • Specialist subject knowledge of English.
  • Reflecting on teaching and learning through observation, reflection and research.
  • Improving Primary English

    This online course enables you to improve subject knowledge and engage critically with current thinking and approaches to teaching Primary English in order to improve literacy in your class or school. You will have the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, analyse data, examine teaching, collect and analyse the work of pupils to provide evidence on which to base your ‘improvement’ plan. You may choose a specific aspect of English / Literacy to develop or improve, based on either a personal professional need or an aspect of your SEF / SIP.

    Duration Learning Hours Online Seminars Assignments Key Stage Suitable For
    1 Term 30 (includes Tasks, Seminars and work in School) 4 4 KS1, KS2 Teachers, Literacy Co-ordinators, Senior Managers, HLTAs

    Tutor Support & Mentoring

    When you enrol on any of our online courses you will have access to an expert in their field, get 1:1 support & advice from an experienced, qualified and friendly tutor ready to answer your questions. All our courses are developed by experienced Teachers.

    Real-time courses you can study at your own pace

    The seminars and all course materials are available 24/7 via our website. Access at any time, from anywhere using a computer, tablet or mobile.

    Certified Courses

    All our online courses are certified and have completion criteria, once you have fulfilled the course requirements we will issue you with a course certificate. All our courses meet the DFE Standards for Teachers' Professional Development.

    Course Structure

    Section 1: Analysis of School Data

    Section 2: Pupil by Class Data

    Section 3: Grammar – KS1 and KS2 requirements, Assessment and Teaching

    Section 4: Individual Pupil Data – Formative Assessment

    Section 5: Spelling & Phonics

    Section 6: Assessment for Learning – 2014 National Curriculum, Monitoring and Tracking Pupil Progress

    Section 7: Teaching Writing

    Section 8: Teaching Reading

    Section 9: Boys and Writing

    Section 10: SEN - Dyslexia

  • 4 Online seminars
  • 12 Months access to the course seminars & resources
  • Access to an expert, ask your tutor questions and get advice throughout the course
  • Meets the Department for Education Standards for Teachers' Professional Development
  • Course Contents

  • Analysing individual pupil data.
  • Analysing data at national and school level including expected progress and value added values.
  • Identifying issues for the school that have been highlighted through analysis of data.
  • Setting targets for improvement.
  • Implementing improvements to teaching.
  • Monitoring, evaluating and recording pupil progress.
  • Formative Assessment.
  • Current English National Curriculum - Assessing Without Levels
  • 2018/19 KS1 & KS2 SATs
  • Specialist subject knowledge of English, including Grammar and Phonic knowledge related to recent changes in the National Curriculum for English.
  • Reflecting on teaching and learning through observation, reflection and research.
  • Course Outcomes:

    To demonstrate:

  • a knowledge of Primary English to meet the needs of a diverse school population
  • an ability to implement appropriate methods for analysing children’s work and recording progress on a selected aspect of English
  • an ability to collect and analyse children’s work in English and contextualise this within national / local data and research
  • an ability to identify and implement targets for development / improvement improved subject knowledge through research, relevant literature and pupils’ work.
  • What people are saying about this course

    The Improving Primary English course has contributed to bringing impactful change to English learning and teaching across 10 schools. It helped curriculum and teaching to be delivered with more knowledge, relevant activities and varied pedagogy.
    The data analysis component made it possible to identify learning needs on a group and individual scale. There are already signs of improvement and raised achievement. Teachers will benefit from doing this course.

    The resources that accompany the course are excellent.

    The course is a must for all literacy teachers and my school, based on my commendation and performance, has recommended the course for all my colleagues.

    Accessing the Course

    Access to the course materials and eLearning area is for a 12 month period, this includes technical support. Tutor Support and Mentoring is available for 6 months from enrolment. There are 4 online seminars each lasting approximately one hour. The seminars are available to watch at anytime during the enrolment period. The tasks are planned to fit in with teachers’ work requirements. There is a forum area allowing participants to share information and ask questions. To access the eLearning site and online seminars you require a computer with internet access and speakers / headphones, or a smartphone or tablet with the relevant apps installed.


    Access on a computer, tablet or mobile device

    Course Tutor

    You will be working with our literacy specialist, Sue McCaldon (M.A. in Teaching), She has vast experience of developing Literacy programmes. Her past experience includes being a LA Senior School Improvement Officer with responsibility for Literacy and Manager for the National Literacy Project in Manchester. She was a co-author of various Reading Intervention Programmes and has contributed to books and TV programmes for schools.

    DFE Standards for Teachers' Professional Development

    Professional development should have a clear focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes

    We have clearly outlined course outcomes and goals and evaluate participants’ prior knowledge in order to ensure progression. Course tasks are designed to help participants evaluate impact on themselves, their school and the pupils.

    Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise

    Course content is developed in line with current thinking and is thoroughly researched by our expert tutors. Course tasks are designed not only to fit in around participants day to day teaching, but also to link teacher practice to pupil experiences and outcomes. Task feedback and support is given to reinforce impact evaluation of teachers practice and the wider implication for pupils and the school. All our courses are independently evaluated to ensure intended outcomes and quality.

    Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge

    Our eLearning environment and the content of the seminars and tasks is structured to encourage participants collaboration, tutor support and to challenge existing methods in order to develop more informed practice and better pupil outcomes.

    Professional development programmes should be sustained over time

    The online delivery and course models we use in our training ensures content and the learning experience is delivered over a period of time. Support and Mentoring is available throughout the duration of the course and course materials and seminars are available for an extended period after the course finishes.

    Professional development must be prioritised by school leadership

    The course outcomes outlined in our Individual Learner Plans help participants plan and collaborate with leaders in order to develop on-going professional development strategies and plans. Our tasks and course feedback provides evidence to show school leaders and to provide forward planning for participants professional development and practices.

    Course Fee *

    • 1 Candidate

    • £ 299.99
    • Delivered over 1 Term
    • 4 Online Seminars
    • Learning Hours 30 (including tasks and seminars)
    • Personalised Tutor Support, Mentoring and Advice
    • Courses Developed by Literacy Experts
    • 12 Months - 24/7 Access to Course Materials and Seminars
    • Key Stage 1 & 2
    • Assessment Materials
    • Teaching Materials
    • Lesson Plans & Resources Pack - value £100
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