WRITER Training

If writing outcomes in your school could be improved by an approach which embeds vocabulary development, spelling skills, reading comprehension, drafting and editing, this course will guide and support your teaching staff to achieve this.

The course can be run as a one-day INSET, 2 x half-day courses or as a series of 3 twilight sessions. Follow up support to track impact and support your team is also available.


One day course: £400

2 x half-day courses: £400

3 x twilight sessions: £600

Costs are inclusive of travel, resources, a copy of Mark’s book – Igniting Children’s Writing, a set on Thinking Spelling resources and a USB drive containing Mark’s English toolkit.

Subject Leader Support

The best CPD is grown from within, so Mark will work alongside the English Subject Leader and key colleagues to develop areas of their action plan.

CPD to Build Capacity

Mark will plan, deliver and evaluate training for your staff team. He will focus on a specific aspect of your school improvement plan and grow capacity for ongoing improvement. See Mark’s training courses here for the range of training he can offer.

Reading and Writing MOTs

Mark will help your staff to evaluate the reading or writing in their year group, key stage or throughout the school against best practice in those schools where there is the best progress.

Writing Moderation

Mark is a Lead LA and STA verified moderator and can support your team to track and improve writing throughout the year. Avoid “gap-plugging” late in year 6 by scheduling moderation throughout the year and build capacity for long-term improvement by involving colleagues from all year groups. At any given point of the year, Mark can help colleagues to establish what writing evidence should be looking like, and how to intervene if there are attainment or progress gaps.

English Subject Reviews

Over 2 days, Mark will work alongside the senior team and Subject Leader for English to explore all aspects of the English curriculum across the school. This will include pupil voice – “learning talks”; book looks; data analysis and lesson “drop-ins”. At the end of the 2 days, Mark will lead a twilight INSET to reflect on the outcomes. Mark will then write a summary of recommendations based on the Review.

Masterclasses and Mindful Writing

The fun bit! Mark loves getting stuck into some teaching. Services include:

Greater Depth Masterclasses – 5 half-day sessions for targeted pupils. The sessions will progress through the technical demands of GDS, through challenging reading tasks into developing a strong, individual writing voice to apply across a range of evidence.

SATs confidence building classes – fun sessions for the whole-class. Pupils will work together on the reading skills required to tackle the Reading paper with confidence. We will work on words; work out strategies for when your pupils are not sure, (so that they can attempt every question); learn how to manage time and how to structure 3-mark answers. The earlier in the year we start, the better, and it is recommended to book a series of sessions.

Guided reading and  writing groups – these sessions work especially well if Mark works alongside school colleagues  to build ongoing capacity.


Mindful Writing

Mark and his colleague Stuart Robertson have developed a mindful writing training package and resources for schools. A free, downloadable reflective mindfulness journal can be downloaded here and contact details for our training offer here.

Mark can also offer coaching for teaching colleagues through team-teaching and joint planning.