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Read Write Inc Open Days

On 19 March a selection of 'Model Schools' in the UK are inviting headteachers and literacy leads to attend an open day to see the Read Write Inc. education programme in practice. Attendees can find out how the programme, published by Oxford University Press, can improve literacy and help to decrease the 'word gap' between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.  
The open day will take place on Monday 19 March in Caerphilly, Cornwall, Derby, Norfolk, Romford, Wokingham, Birmingham and East Sussex at 'Model Schools' for Read Write Inc., and will be open to all headteachers and literacy leads in the local area. At the open day visitors can expect to find out how the Read Write Inc. programme is implemented in their schools and see the benefits of the programme and it is improving literacy. During the day, visitors will be able to observe lessons, meet other schools in the area, get advice on how to implement the programme and see the positive impact on behaviour across the school. 
One of the highlight factors of Read Write Inc. schools is that they are talk-a-lot schools where speaking and listening skills are developed through partner work. By developing children’s vocabulary, Read Write Inchelps to address problems associated with the ‘word gap’, recently highlighted by the government’s Department for Education single departmental plan. 
The ‘word gap’ has been identified in children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who by the age of 3 are on average almost a full year and a half behind their more affluent peers in language development. In the report the DoE make recommendations on how to eliminate the 'word gap' through education in order to improve social mobility and equality of opportunity, the Read Write Inc. programme is in line with this.
 “Our Model Schools demonstrate an inspirational passion and excitement for teaching. Their attention to detail and focus on continuous professional development
marks them out and is the key to their success in getting every child to read by 6. No child should get left behind and with the right teaching and assessments we can ensure

every child is understood and the gaps in their knowledge identified and addressed.”

Ruth Miskin, Creator of Read Write Inc.
For more information on which schools are taking part and to book a place at one of the schools teachers can visit this webpage:
Or for booking enquiries please email oxfordprimaryevents[at]  
For more information, images or to speak to one of the experts at OUP Education please contact publicist: Laura Smythe m: 07881555530 or email: laurasmythecontact[at]
Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP t: 01865 354579 Twitter: [at]OUPPrimary Facebook: [at]oxfordeducationuk

Paddington resources for primary schools!

Into Film have created a fun, easy to use resource for Primary teachers based on the charming British adventure film, Paddington. The resource will be available to teachers registering for a new Into Film Club before the Easter break.

Fun activities in the resource support curriculum areas including literacy, geography, art and design, whilst carefully selected clips and images from Paddington enable pupils to explore the film’s themes of individuality and acceptance. This flexible and exciting resource comes in pdf format with supporting PowerPoint.

As well as this comprehensive resource, new Into Film club leaders will receive for free:

  • Access to a huge bank of learning and teaching materials that use film to engage learners across all core curriculum subjects
  • Access to a library of 4,000 DVDs, including Paddington*, to use in class, for after-school clubs, for lunchtime film clubs and more

What do I do next?
before Friday 20th March to get your free resource for your class and become part of a growing movement of teachers who use film to engage and excite pupils. 

Click here to register

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Chatterbooks training

ChatterbooksChatterbooks are holding a training day at Exeter Library on Thursday 19 March.  If anyone is interested in attending, they can find out more from the Reading Agency website.  It’s a great way to share ideas for successful Chatterbooks sessions with colleagues, and find out all the ways you can support children taking part.  We are also introducing a section on running inclusive Chatterbooks groups.  Barrington Stoke CEO Mairi Kidd will be attending to talk about books for children with dyslexia, and we will share tips and resources to support children with reading difficulties taking part in Chatterbooks.
Participants will also leave with a handbook in a ring binder, and some publisher goodies, to help boost start their Chatterbooks groups!  To book, or for any queries, do contact

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