LIVE ONLINE: Creating Confident Accurate Spellers

Course date: 23rd May 2022
The Essential Guide

As we move towards full implementation of A Curriculum for Wales, will spelling feature on your plan for LLC provision? Are your pupils accurate spellers or do they lack independence? Have you struggled to identify what good practice in spelling should look like in your class/across your school?

The Spelling Attack approach and comprehensive bank of resources is the answer to cracking the spelling conundrum. It includes a toolkit for teachers as well as a full spelling policy that underpins the approach.


Collective Learning Zoom meetingThe format of the training day will be somewhat different as we will be ‘meeting’ virtually. The sessions will be for a small group so that they can be interactive. The day will be chunked into more bitesize pieces and will include tasks for reflection as well as discussion.

£250.00 + VAT (20%)

Target Group: Primary Teachers
Collective Learning Zoom meeting, numeracy & language, making, connections, unpicking literature, Poetry and script Writing, guided group reading, spelling attackThe Spelling Attack resource is supported by a one day training event, live and interactive over Zoom, and will also explore:
  • why some learners fail to make progress in spelling and what to do about this
  • how to actively teach a range of spelling strategies to encourage independent spellers
  • how learners can be taught a range of strategies to support spelling development beyond phonics to ensure learners make progress
  • how spelling ‘tests’ and spelling tasks can be made more pupil centred and achieve greater impact and pupil engagement.

Course Presenter: Helen Bowen

ENGLISH and LITERACY - Helen Bowen started teaching in 1994 and has 11 years’ experience as a Primary School Teacher in Bridgend. During this time, she was also a visiting lecturer at Bridgend College working with Learning Support Assistants. Advisory Experience: Helen Bowen was a member of the Newport Literacy Team for 9 years and for 3 years led on English and literacy in the region across primary and secondary schools. She was the regional representative to Welsh Government for the South East of Wales from 2010 to 2013 and was the System Leader with responsibility for English and Literacy in the EAS. Other Experience: An ESTYN Team Inspector, Helen Bowen has sat on a number of national advisory panels including National Drama and the Arts Review Panel, which reported to Welsh Government in the Summer of 2013. She has advised universities in Wales on developing literacy in Initial Teacher Training and was the Deputy Chief Examiner for KS2/3 Assessment from 2009 to 2012. Helen is an external consultant to Welsh Government, and has worked on a number of projects with them. This includes creating the National Literacy Framework representing South East Wales, writing the guidance for the revised English and Welsh PoS in 2015 and more recently creating two ‘mythbusting’ documents on the NLNF and the National Reading Tests. She is also the literacy consultant for the National Union of Teachers and has lead their annual ‘New and Young Teachers’ Conference’ across Wales with key notes and workshops on literacy. Philosophy: Supporting Schools, Securing Excellence, Helen believes that rich contexts for learning are key to the raising of standards and the development of literacy skills both within English and throughout the curriculum. She has used oracy and drama for many years to explore challenging subject matters and has worked with schools across Wales to explore how this can impact on the key literacy competencies of oracy, reading and writing. This includes using drama to explore philosophical concepts through ‘teacher in role’ and whole class engagement with complex scenarios. Helen is also the creator of ‘Reading Attack’ which is currently used by over 100 schools to develop pupil independence and reading stamina. Search for Courses

Course Location:

Collective Learning Zoom meeting Live Online Course - ZOOM Meeting

What Happens Next?
  • Please provide Collective Learning with the email address of the person who will be attending the training days.
  • Helen Bowen will send through a Zoom Meeting invite to the person who is attending so that they can join her live on the day.
  • The meeting room will only be available to those who have been sent the link and will be admitted to the room on the day.
  • For safety, the meeting room will then be ‘locked’ once the training has started, and no other participants will be able to enter.
  • All materials will be sent electronically to the attendee after the event.
NB: The attendee may choose to attend the training from their home base if this has been approved by the school.