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The English Curriculum Review and Planning Tool

Planning tool spread screenshotThis English Curriculum Review and Planning Tool is one of a range that aim to support schools and providers of initial teacher training (ITT) in their continuing professional development (CPD) and the implementation of the new National Curriculum. The authors are a group of English experts from schools, universities, providers of initial teacher training, Ofsted and subject associations*.

The advice contained in the tool is based on current research and good practice as well as the new statutory requirements. The materials are aimed at anyone who has a responsibility to train teachers or to deliver the new national curriculum. They will support schools’ self-evaluation, through using the principles of effective pedagogy, and guidance in relation to all the sections of the new programme of study.

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NEW for September 2014: Curriculum change review document

Literacy experts Jim Rose and Bea Noble-Rogers have put together an additional resource to support leaders to deliver the new National Curriculum for English. This document identifies the NEW subject knowledge of the National Curriculum English Framework. It highlights the main changes and suggests what teachers may need to do to address them, together with available resources and possible ways forward. It offers a means of reviewing current curricula in light of the programmes of study, the related appendices and the glossary.

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National Literacy Trust support

The National Literacy Trust Network supports schools to develop outstanding literacy provision by providing literacy leaders with tools, resources and inspiration, including the Literacy Guide for Schools 2014/15 and our whole-school literacy audit. Network themes are driven by the key issues impacting on schools, including the new curriculum. You can find out more by visiting our network area or watching our introductory video.

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*The English Curriculum Review and Planning Tool was developed by:
Anne Appelbaum Arts Council England, Eve Bearne The English Association, James Clements English Advisor, Gabrielle Cliff Hodges University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, Adele Devine SEN Assist, Jonathan Douglas National Literacy Trust, Pauline Drew Independent consultant, Alice King Farlow National Theatre, Seren Freestone Westlands First School, Droitwich, Lesley Hendy, Ruth Leask Principal, Shireland Hall Primary Academy, The Elliot Foundation, West Midlands, Rebecca Loza Senior Lecturer, SEN, Thames Primary Consortium, Patricia Metham HMI, National Lead for English & Literacy, Dawn Morris Billericay Educational Consortium, Debra Myhill Exeter University, Bea Noble Rogers Independent consultant, Alayne Öztürk United Kingdom Literacy Association, Jo Palmer-Tweed Thames Primary SCITT Consortium, Sean Powers Cornwall SCITT, Professor Rhona Stainthorp Institute of Education, University of Reading, Lesley Webb Deputy Headteacher, Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre, London Borough of Newham, Sally Yates University of Gloucestershire, Shahed Ahmed Headteacher, Elmhurst Primary School, Newham


The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
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