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New Sessions for KS2, 3 and 4 from 2017.

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 CPD can be delivered either in house or at one of our training venues in Durham. These include Durham Cathedral and the Marriott County Hotel, both in the City and both within easy walking distance of Durham's railway station and park and ride bus stops.

Occasionally, the Nitty Gritty office in Weardale is the recommended location if CPD is for a smaller number of delegates looking to address specific needs. At times, we will advertise a course being held at an external venue, which can be booked using the booking form link above or by emailing or calling Lynda Kempsey. (see contacts)

All training is designed to help you fulfil the aims of your English or whole school literacy action plans. Below are descriptions of current off - the - shelf courses, although all can be customised to suit learners from key stages 2 to 4. (For student intervention, including speaking and listening activities click back on News) If you are interested in these being delivered in your own centre, or are interested in CPD tailored to your specific English or whole school literacy needs, simply get in touch through the contacts page.

Key Stages 3 and 4:Engaging Learners with Low Self Esteem in the Skills Needed to Pass English and Literature Exams. This course investigates the link between poor achievement, low resilience and poor self esteem (often manifesting itself as anti-social behaviour.) Covering teaching and learning, as well as planning for compelling learning experiences, this course is an eye opener for experienced practitioners and newly appointed teachers alike. You will leave with ideas and resources which can be used as soon as you return to school. See testimonials to find out why delegates judged this course outstanding last term.(Raising the Achievement of Reluctant Learners.) 

Key Stages 3 and 4:Successful Whole School Literacy Strategies Creating, implementing and sustaining an effective whole school literacy policy, which raises levels and grades across the school. Lots of practical ideas and inspiring strategies. See testimonials to find out why delegates judged this course outstanding last year.


NEW - TWO FURTHER COURSES JUST ADDED. Key Stage 4: Planning Lessons which Address and Help to Embed Skills for the New AQA Language and Literature Exams. Approaches are covered and ready made lessons shared to act as a blueprint for further planning for progress in your own school.


Key Stage 2: Engaging Reluctant Learners in Reading, Writing and Spelling.This course looks at why and when reluctance is likely to get a grip on children in your KS2 classroom then offers lots of tried and tested ideas and resources to engage and enthuse your year 5 and 6 learners. Alternatively, you can chat about your own training needs by calling 07751976117 or by emailing through the contacts page of the web site.


Travelling Times to Durham Railway Station.

Berwick - 1 hour;

Morpeth (direct line)  - 35 minutes;

Newcastle - 15 minutes;

Darlington - 15 minutes;

York - 45 minutes;

Leeds - 1 hour and 15 minutes;

Doncaster - 1 hour and 20 minutes;

Sheffield - 1 hour and 50 minutes.