Teaching Writing in the Early Years

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5th July, 2024 - 10:00 am to 15:30 pm


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
Webber Street
London SE1 8QW Map

Books provided

Lunch provided

Resources provided



Early Years


Early Writing Writing


Class Teacher

Subject Leader

Explore the key experiences and teaching approaches that support writers in Nursery and Reception.

What you will learn:

  • what to expect of writers at the beginning of their writing journey and how to support progress and achievement in the Early Years;
  • meaningful contexts which support young children to be curious, engaged and motivated to mark make and write for purpose and pleasure across the provision;
  • how to use quality texts to exemplify authentic writing voices, provide language models, enrich vocabulary and inspire opportunities for writing; 
  • teaching approaches that best support oral language development and vocabulary acquisition and composition of imaginative ideas for writing;
  • how to enable children to use and apply growing phonic knowledge to segment and spell words in real contexts;
  • the enabling experiences in which to develop gross and fine motor skills and encourage fluency and stamina.

All elements of the training are in line with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

This one-day course is one of four Teaching Writing courses tailored to the needs of children from Nursery to Year 6. Leaders might undertake one course on its own or attend all four courses to embed consistency of practice throughout their school.

What you will receive:

  • a full day training, refreshments and lunch;
  • a handout of the presentation slides;
  • a high-quality text and associated Power of Reading teaching sequence to support immediate implementation in the classroom.

Participants will receive joining instructions for the course one week before the training date. If you have any queries, please email [email protected].

Why choose CLPE for your literacy training?

CLPE is a respected, trusted and innovative centre of excellence, its reputation established over its fifty-year history of training teachers in best practice that is rooted in ground-breaking research. Our responsiveness to trends and patterns in education means we are able to guide you in interpreting policy with integrity.

Our face-to-face courses are all held at our Literacy Library a unique 25,000 volume resource, which enables us to place high-quality children’s literature at the heart of our ethos and practice. Each course is delivered by one of CLPE’s expert advisory teachers, who can draw on decades of experience and expertise in leadership and literacy, supporting you to effect sustainable change that is built on a solid foundation of evidence.


I am inexperienced - I was introduced to a great deal of new content, mainly to do with how to help children build frameworks in anticipation of writing. I will try to linger longer on texts to ensure that children feel secure before asking them to compose.

Course Participant 2024

It was like having our teaching (of writing in early years) brilliantly rebooted - exactly what I was looking for. Feel much more confident and empowered to inspire my team.

Course Participant 2023

Fantastic, friendly great environment to share ideas. Role on the wall technique to introduce to my school. Lots of books for children and books for teachers to read. Stages and techniques how to teach a book thoroughly. The importance of poetry and drama to inspire writing.

Course Participant 2023

I have learnt how to put joy back into the literacy curriculum and make learning to write more than just putting pen to paper.

Course Participant 2024