Grow at Key Stage 3 (KS3): Improving Literacy for Low Attaining Students

  • 21 hours
  • 3 days


This Initial Professional Development (IPD) three-day course covers literacy assessment, reading and comprehension, working on words and writing, including talk for writing and guiding writing. 

You'll learn about:

  • the theories of literacy development for older students
  • formative assessment techniques
  • the development of strategic activity across reading, oracy and writing with critical reflection and responsive teaching

This course is run by the International Literacy Centre at UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Who this course is for

The course is aimed at:

  • key stage 3 (KS3) teachers
  • special education needs coordinators (SENCOs)
  • librarians
  • higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs)

Course content

The course will support you with:

  • understanding theories of literacy development for older students
  • formative assessment techniques
  • appropriate selection of levelled, high-interest text
  • using oracy to underpin reading and writing skills
  • development of strategies to build on the reciprocity of reading and writing
  • the writing process, including high-impact work on grammar and text structure
  • critical reflection and responsive teaching
  • evaluation and reporting using standardised assessments

Entry requirements

You'll need to be a professional in the education sector working with KS3 students.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll have:  

  • gained an understanding of literacy development for older students
  • learnt formative assessment techniques
  • developed strategic activity across reading, oracy, writing with critical reflection and responsive teaching
  • gained a deeper understanding of specific learning needs of struggling learners of secondary age

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Course team

Helen Morris

Helen is a member of the National Leadership team at the International Literacy Centre. Her experience includes teaching and supervision on the Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties MA at UCL. She also delivers consultancy in school leadership and literacy teaching and in-school experience of teaching in all key stages and coordination of Special Education Needs (SEN).

Lindsey Howard

Lindsey is an independent literacy consultant working with primary and secondary schools and local authorities in England and Wales. Her training experience includes partnership work with an EEF Research School and teaching alliances. Alongside her GROW@KS3 Associate Trainer role, she provides school support for literacy teaching and a range of other literacy interventions. Her interest in the challenges facing older struggling readers led to a year 7 research project and award of MA in Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties (IoE, University College London, 2013). Her wider training includes quality teaching and learning of grammar, phonics and spelling and children’s independent reading and writing skills.


Course information last modified: 11 Jul 2017, 14:28