LIVE ONLINE: 3 day Unlocking the LLC AoLE – Helen Bowen

Course date: 17th Sep 2021

TCollective Learning Zoom meetinghe format of the LLC AoLE training days will be somewhat different as we will be ‘meeting’ virtually. The sessions will be for a small group (no more than 10) so that they can be interactive. The days will be chunked into more bite size pieces and will include tasks for reflection as well as discussion.

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Target Group: LLC Coordinators, Primary Teachers
Friday 17th September 2021 – Day 1:
  • What are the headlines of the LLC AoLE? What are the strengths and challenges that we might face?
  • How It the AoLE structured?
  • What has changed and what has stayed the same? What are the implications for us as we move towards full implementation in 2022?
  • How can we begin auditing our current provision and support staff with developing a consistent understanding?
Friday 1st October 2021 – Day 2:
  • What does good practice in speaking and listening look like and where are the links with the statements of what matter? How to create a consistent approach that builds on your existing practice.
  • What does good practice in reading look like and where are the links with the statements of what matter? How to create a literature driven LLC curriculum and a consistent approach that builds on your existing practice.
  • The LLC AoLE and designing a curriculum that reflects our Welsh heritage and literature.
  • How can we make meaningful links with other AoLEs and further embed speaking, listening and reading skills?
Tuesday 12th October 2021 – Day 3:
  • Where are we now? What steps might we have taken as a result of sessions 1 and 2? What has the impact been? What issues might we have started to uncover?
  • What does good practice in writing look like and where are the links with the statements of what matter? Are grammar and punctuation, spelling and handwriting still a priority?
  • Understanding the progression steps and the structure and organisation across languages including Welsh, and an International Language.
  • Developing an action plan for implementing change back in school using the SASH format (Sustain, Adjust, Start, Halt).
  • Managing change and engaging all staff: Simple Things Done Well!

Timings and Format of the Days
Due to the training day being on- screen, timings have needed to be adjusted to allow colleagues to have regular breaks to both refresh as well as reflect.
  • Preparation: 9am to 10.15am Independent teacher reflection time. Please work through the prompts that Helen will email to you before the event. These will be aimed at self evaluation of your current provision.
  • Session 1: 10.30am – 12pm Join Helen in the virtual meeting room
  • Lunch: 12pm to 1pm
  • Session 2: 1pm to 2pm  Join Helen in the virtual meeting room
  • Break: 2pm to 2.15pm
  • Session 3: 2.15pm to 3.15pm Join Helen in the virtual meeting room


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.