Improving Vocabulary at KS1 and KS2

Cost: Free to members of BEST Trust otherwise £75 per session

Target Group: Class Teachers, English Lead Teachers, SENCOs, Teaching Assistants from KS1 and KS2 (separate sessions)

Course leader: Dawn Robertson

Course objectives:
We know that poor vocabulary is a huge barrier to academic success, so how can we close this gap? Independent Literacy Consultant, Dawn Robertson, will be delivering a half-day session suitable for Key Stage 1 staff and a half-day session suitable for Key Stage 2 staff to address this issue.
Within these sessions, she will focus on how to develop pupils’ vocabulary in an engaging and meaningful way and show teachers how to ensure that their pupils are motivated to use vocabulary for effect, impact and precision.
The training will look at how research into the teaching of vocabulary can be translated into practice, not only through English, but across the curriculum. A number of visual resources and texts will be shared to expand pupils’ vocabulary and engage them in using this language in the writing process.
A broad range of innovative activities will be shared and participants will leave the training with a number of resources, strategies and ideas that they can used directly in their classroom to inspire and promote children’s vocabulary development.

Reference: EN02SP20 for KS1 staff
Date Thursday 16th January 2020
Time 9.00am to 12noon
Location Red Hall Hotel
Reference: EN03SP20 for KS2 staff
Date Thursday 16th January 2020
Time 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Location Red Hall Hotel

Course Leader: Dawn Robertson
Dawn has been involved in primary education for the last thirty years as a teacher, deputy head, National Strategy Consultant and independent trainer. She has built up a very successful company providing bespoke English INSET and support packages for schools all over the North West, as well as working with teams to develop effective whole school creative curriculum, with quality texts at the heart of the learning.

She is a trainer at Madeleine Lindley Book Centre in Manchester, delivering the very popular ‘Bringing Literacy to Life’ days, all aspects of literacy training, including moderation and assessment and INSET in both history and geography. She has enjoyed working with the primary education team at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Her, and her illustrator husband, have recently had their picture book Lizzie and the birds published. Dawn has also created a teacher’s guide with resources to accompany the book. She is passionate about using books and film to make literacy as exciting as possible.

Her resources and support materials are available on line at and she also blogs for Madeleine Lindley Book Centre and can be found on Twitter at @justdawned .