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Talk4Writing School

Proud to be a Pie Corbett Talk4writing Training School

Selby community Primary is a successful school, judged as ‘good’ with outstanding features by OFSTED in October 2011. The school is located in an extremely challenging area where it is currently ranked the 9th most deprived school in North Yorkshire.

Selby Community Primary School are offering the chance to see teaching in a range of year groups, children’s work and staffs planning as well as meeting with the key storytelling staff to discuss anything from the following:

Imitate, Innovation and Invention
Audience, purpose, form
Developing toolkits for writing
Developing ambitious vocabulary

Embedding language games and activities
Supporting the development of writing with images, objects and story maps
Creating the Environment for Talk for Writing including celebrating writing
Nonfiction writing

Leadership of Talk for Writing

Effective feedback from staff and children including response to marking.

Whole school planning for Talk for Writing including the allocation of texts and language features across the school as we progress into the new curriculum.


Booking training

Our training is aimed at headteachers, teachers, subject leaders and teaching assistants. We are more than happy to welcome individuals from school or coach loads of staff! There will be a chance to find out the theory behind talk4writing and also see lessons and talk to teachers. Please book using the form below.

Talk For Writing School based Training Days:


Beginner Fiction Day – Wednesday 26th September 2018.  Full day to include lunch.  Cost - £120 per head.

Audience – Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers, School Leaders, Governors, Class teachers & Teaching Assistants

Purpose – An introduction to the Talk for Writing process.  A beginner’s guide to fiction with an opportunity to observe teaching, meet teachers, talk to children and be trained in imitation, innovation and invention.


EYFS  Day - Wednesday 17th October 2018.  Full day to include lunch.  Cost - £120 per head.

Audience  - EYFS staff.

Purpose – An introduction to the Talk for Writing process for EYFS staff with an opportunity to observe teaching, meet teachers, talk to children and be trained in imitation, innovation and invention.

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Naomi Smales our Literacy Leader has driven the development of Talk for Writing at Selby Community, alongside sharing the skills across North Yorkshire in her previous role as an AST.  Talk4writing is clearly embedded by all teachers and teaching assistants and as a result it is being taught systematically and successfully across the school from Nursery to Year 6.  By using this approach levels at the end of KS2 have dramatically risen from 22% level 4 in writing to 97% level 4.  Naomi is now a Talk 4 Writing Consultant and is already taking bookings for the autumn term.

Here is our story so far…              

Once Upon a School

Once upon a time an inadequate primary school at the bottommost part of North Yorkshire slumbered for many years awaiting a knight in shining armour to give it the kiss of life. Hundreds of golden beans were flung with little impact, not even a beanstalk.  

Then, one sunny September, Cinderella arrived and found this school to suit. The role of literacy leader became hers.  She swiftly set about tackling the literacy beast but no-one could help her.  Until a chance encounter led her down the path to Pie’s Palace!

Her charges began to believe progress could be made and if you listened hard enough you could hear the faint chant of ‘imitate, innovate, invent’ permeating through the walls of school.

That is now a resounding celebratory cheer and the 47 dwarves at school continue to work as a team creating diamonds out of each and every child. 



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