Six sessions will be scheduled across the academic year, starting with a launch event on Wednesday 11th September 2019.  The group would be facilitated and supported by Emma Adcock (VNET Senior Associate). Each session will focus on Quality First Teaching of English. The group will share good practice and the latest educational research. The content of these sessions will be driven by requests of the English Professional Community.

During 2018 – 2019

We focused on: The teaching of Reading and Spelling, teaching grammar through high-quality texts, Reading Fluency and extending the most able, Inspiring children to write and Reading for Pleasure.  Over the course of the sessions, subject leaders shared evidence from their own schools. As a result of these sessions, leaders were provided with a bank of strategies and presentations to support: the teaching of Reading, Grammar and Writing to take back and share with their colleagues in school.

What’s New for 2019-2020?

This group will continue to share best practice around the Quality First Teaching of English.  This year, sessions will ‘drill down’ into the discrete areas of English in more detail.

The sessions for 2019-20 will also include a focus on: effective subject leadership for new and experienced leaders and a strong focus on the new Ofsted Framework (September 2019) and curriculum design.  There will also be opportunities to improve outcomes, engagement and enjoyment of all aspects of English in the primary phase.

During each session, subject leaders will be provided with a piece of professional reading linked to the focus of the session. Each session will also include an opportunity to network with other subject leaders and to showcase resources that are working well to support the teaching of English.


  • Wednesday 11th September
  • Wednesday 20th November
  • Tuesday 14th January
  • Tuesday 17th March
  • Wednesday 6th May
  • Thursday 9th July

1.30-4pm, coffee/tea from 1pm


The group will meet in the Great Hall at The National Centre for Writing.
Dragon Hall
King Street

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(For parking, we suggest Castle Mall or Rose Lane car parks.)


 The VNET English Professional Community  is sponsored by

The National Centre for Writing is a physical and virtual space for writers, literary translators and those working in the world of literature to meet, learn and collaborate.

They run a variety of writing workshops in schools for all ages – many of which are free, including visits and tours of Dragon Hall. Choose from The Children’s City of Literature package, the Creative Writing Roadshow for rural primary schools or something more bespoke for your class.

The National Centre for Writing welcomes writers from all over the world to stay at the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall. Their writers in residence come from a variety of backgrounds and can stay with them for as little as one week or as long as three months. If you’d like to arrange a visit from one of their writers in residence, or are interested in any of the opportunities listed above, please email

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