Literacy Leaders’ Network Meetings – 2022 / 2023

Tom Tolkein’s booklist

The dates for the meetings in 2022/23 are:

2 November 2022

8 March 2023

14 June 2023

  • Literacy Leaders Meeting – Sample agenda and commentary (Autumn 2021) below

Agenda: A first look at the :


National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Literacy Framework published in October 2021

The agenda was very much a curriculum special. Following my input on cross curricular reading and writing in history, geography, science and RE last year, and inspired by Once Upon a Tune by James Mayhew, there was a major input on using music and art as a stimulus in English and reading and writing in art and music much of it based upon this wonderful new bookIt was followed by half day courses for art and music leaders in Spring 2022.
 In summer, Farfield Primary School recommended I don’t Like books, never, ever, the end By Emma Perry and Sharon Davey. This is wonderful book and  a free copy for everyone attending the autumn meeting wasprovidede. My thinking was that this would possibly provide a really good focus for schools to promote reading; which is the whole point of World Book Day after all. During the autumn meeting, we  discussed ideas for how to use this book on WBD and generally in school. 
In our summer 2021 meeting we focused heavily on narrative sequencing following the publication of a report by the NFER on the impact of school closures suggesting that this was an area to develop. This input largely focused upon retrieval skills and we also examined the development of the inferential understanding of characters’ motivations. I have been asked by one Reading subject leader to incorporate input and discussion on progression in inference skills. This came about after a ‘deep dive’ in reading where leaders were asked what does inference look like in Year X as compared to Year Y? A very good question and one that we will investigate together during our November meeting.
Shortly after our summer 2021 meeting, the Dfe published a really important document The Reading Framework: teaching the foundations of Literacy (July 2021). I  provided a summary and looked at the implications of this for EYFS for several schools and  shared my summary and resources with colleagues.
As well as the above, there was the usual news, books and resources updates.

Literacy Leaders Network Meetings 2020/22 – Resource Page

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Meetings are  held online via Zoom.

Cost: £170 for each individual meeting or special ‘season ticket’ offer of all three meetings for £450

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