Proud to be a Pie Corbett Talk4writing Training School

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

Imitate, Innovation and Independent Application
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 TalkforWriting 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. Due to Covid all our on site training has stopped. If you are interested in any support packages please do get in touch.

Talk For Writing School based Training Days:

Beginner Fiction Day – New Date Coming Soon.  Full day to include lunch.  Cost – £120 per head. To book email talkforwriting@selby.ac.uk

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 independent application. .

EYFS  Day – New Date Coming Soon.  Full day to include lunch.  Cost – £120 per head. To book email talkforwriting@selby.ac.uk


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 independent application. .

Non-Fiction Day – New Date Coming Soon.  Full day to include lunch.  Cost – £120 per head. To book email talkforwriting@selby.ac.uk

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

Purpose – To follow on from the Fiction Training Day.   A  guide to non-fiction with an opportunity to observe teaching, meet teachers, talk to children and be trained in imitation, innovation and independent application.

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, independent application’ 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.