When the new writing frameworks were released earlier this term, many teachers breathed a sigh of relief. Focusing on ‘ticking the box’ for punctuation and grammatical forms had made encouraging a love of writing challenging.
Laura Lodge is a literacy specialist who has experience working across the primary phase.
Before joining One Education, Laura was Literacy Lead and Key Stage Two Leader at a primary school in Manchester. She led wide-ranging training opportunities for a range of cluster schools and developed the teaching and assessment of the new primary curriculum for English.
Laura now provides bespoke training, support and development on all aspects of the English national curriculum to schools across the North West. Laura supports staff within the classroom with planning, teaching and assessment, as well as facilitating moderation and the implementation of CPD. She leads training on subjects including the PICC (Predict, Interrogate, Capture and Create) text-based approach to Literacy and creative ways to teach SPaG. Laura also supports schools with subject audits, developing whole school action plans and embedding initiatives such as the One Education Reading Award.
On 14 September, the promised government response to their ‘Primary Assessment Consultation’ was published. Along with thousands of staff in the education sector, I opened the document with trepidation, wondering whether the Department for Education had listened to the teaching profession.
On the 4 July, headteachers across the country checked the outcomes of their staff and pupils’ hard work towards the End of Key Stage Two national tests. Given the shock that many experienced in 2016, schools were understandably wary about what they would find.