Pie Corbett – UK expert on ‘Improving imaginative writing for primary school children’

  • 09:00 AM
  • Parramatta Leagues Club, 1 Eels Place, Parramatta
  • 02 9739 6277

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Talk for Writing’ – Effective instruction in persuasive, informative and imaginative writing.

A workshop presented by an internationally renowned literacy expert and author Pie Corbett*


“We have been following the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach for a few months but we are already seeing AMAZING progress.  The children love the approach – actions, drama, text maps and boxing up.” Principal, Low SES Primary School, Lewisham

ABOUT THE PRESENTER               

*PIE CORBETT has worked as a Primary School Head Teacher, a Senior Lecturer, a School Inspector and contributed to the English Primary and Secondary National Literacy Strategies in England. In 2011, pie was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters for lifetime services to creative education, poetry and storytelling.  Having written and edited over 250 books, he works now on research and development projects with clusters of schools in disadvantaged areas to raise standards in writing and to bring about whole school transformation.

The ‘Talk for Writing’ approach has been used by thousands of schools to raise their standards and help children develop as young writers, making rapid and confident progress.  Currently, it is part of a large-scale, scientific research programme funded via the Education Endowment Fund.

Pie Corbett is renowned for his practical, lively and inspiring training days and conferences.  In England, he is affectionately known as the teachers’ ‘literacy guru’.  He writes poetry, tells stories and believes that no child should leave a primary school without being able to read and write effectively.


Throughout the primary years students need to develop the skills required to write in a variety of forms (or genres) including: narrative writing, informative writing and persuasive writing.  Specific knowledge, skills and understandings are required for each of these very different text types and students need to be taught explicit strategies in order to create text that will successfully entertain, inform or persuade their audience.

‘Talk for Writing’ is a unique process drawing on international research into the effective teaching of writing.  It is built around three phases – ‘imitation’, ‘innovation’ and ‘invention’. The approach progresses from creative teacher-led activities, to carefully structured and scaffolded shared writing experiences, through to successful, well-crafted independent writing.  Schools implementing the approach have seen dramatic improvements in their students’ writing and it has proved invaluable in supporting the language development of students with home languages other than English.

The workshops will equip participants with a range of effective strategies that can be implemented immediately.  The approach will help build the confidence and linguistic ability of students, enabling them to create their own high quality writing.

The approach is ideal for teachers and other professionals working with students aged 5 – 12 years.

‘Talk for Writing’ – Improving imaginative writing for children from 5 to 12 years

In this workshop teachers are provided with the essential knowledge and skills required to effectively engage and teach their students in the creative writing process.  The ‘Talk for Writing’ approach was first developed for fiction writing, with a specific focus on story-telling and poetry.  As a non-fiction writing, the approach involves modelled wriging, shared writing and independent writing.  This workshop will equip teachers with effective strategies that they can being using immediately.  The approach ensures that children are able to recognise theunderlying text types unique to different text structures and create their own ‘writing toolkit’ of features to use.  The strategies are carefully scaffolded to ensure that all children become successful writers.

National Professional Standards for Teachers covered are 1.2.2, 2.1.2, 3.3.2


WHEN:                       Friday 25 July, 2014   From 8.45am – 3.30pm

WHERE:                    Parramatta Leagues Club, 1 Eels Place, Parramatta NSW 2150

ENQUIRIES:            SPELD NSW  E:    T: (02) 9739 6277


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