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Developing Writers in Key Stage 2

18 March 2019, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

Kids on iPad

With an emphasis on writing in Key Stage Two (KS2), this half-day session will look at how children develop as writers.

Event Information

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Short Courses
020 7612 6325


Room: TBC
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

With an emphasis on writing in Key Stage Two (KS2), this half-day session will look at how children develop as writers.

The focus will be on how pedagogy can be adapted to prioritise the writer rather than the writing product, in order to facilitate the development of the individual voice whilst also adhering to rigorous assessment criteria.

The aim of the course is to be able to focus on next steps from the perspective of what the writer needs, not simply what is lacking in the writing.

Who this course is for

This course is for teachers at all stages of experience, teaching KS2 children.

Course content

During this session you explore the following:

  • writing development
  • writer voice
  • purpose and audience
  • contextualised grammar.

Learning outcomes

By completing the course you will be able to:

  • assess gaps in a KS2 writer's development
  • adapt pedagogy to make writing purposeful and audience led
  • teach grammar from the context first
  • address assessment requirements while developing voice.

Course structure

The course is taught face-to-face and will be an interactive session.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.


You will receive a certificate of attendance for completing the course.


£70 per participant.

How to book

You can book your place on the course by clicking on the link(s) below. This will direct you to a form that you should complete and return to ioe.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk. An invoice will be issued to your school.

Available dates

  • 18 March 2019

Download registration form (docx)

Course Team

Josh Franks

Josh is a lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education at UCL Institute of Education. Josh taught for over a decade in an outstanding school in inner city London, teaching across the age ranges from 5-11. For most of that time he was subject lead for English and did work for the borough looking at improving English.

In 2012, while still in the classroom, he embarked on a PhD looking at the relationship between the teaching and development of children's writing - particularly the growth of individual writer voice.


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