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Spoken language

High-quality classroom talk is essential to children’s thinking and learning. It is also linked to improvements in reading and writing and overall attainment. Back to literacy areas

Free resources

Picture the Poet resource front coverPicture the Poet
A resource to support the teaching of creative poetry writing at Key Stages 2 and 3. Includes a supplementary KS4 lesson plan.

Early Years digital technology resources
Resources for practitioners on using digital technology to support children’s communication, language and literacy.

Early years bilingual quick tip sheets

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Research and policy

vision for literacyVision for Literacy 2025
As part of the National Literacy Forum, we set out our policy recommendations to enhance literacy development. 


How digital technology can support early language and literacy outcomes in the early years
A review of the research regarding the impact of digital technology on early language and literacy outcomes, specifically within early years settings.

CPD and workshops

Picture3Language and Literacy within the Curriculum
This three-day course develops subject heads' literacy pedagogy, helping them to give pupils access to the academic language needed at secondary level. It also equips literacy leaders with strategic tools for audit, evaluation, monitoring and dissemination.

Programmes and further support

Words for Work home page croppedWords for Work
We empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds towards successful employment through teaching vital literacy and employability skills. 

Early Words Together 
A parental engagement and language development programme aiming to close the gap in children’s early communication, language and literacy skills, through working with parents to improve the home learning environment. 

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Literacy Guide for Schools 2016/17

In line with policy, informed by research, inspired by good practice.

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Annual Literacy Review 2016/17

Review your current literacy provision and develop an action plan for moving forward.

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