Talk For Writing - Showcase School

Talk for Writing (TfW) Showcase Schools offer open mornings where teachers and leaders from other schools can see TfW in action in the classroom. During the open mornings, visitors are able to see teaching and learning in the classroom using TfW and look at books and outcomes. They are also provided with the opportunity to speak with leadership about the implementation of TfW and learn from the school's improvement journey. 

St. Michael's is one of four TfW Showcase Schools nationally. We are immensely proud of our status as a TfW Showcase School. 

St Michael’s CE Primary Academy, is a one-form entry school situated in Handsworth, Birmingham - close to the iconic Jewellery Quarter. We celebrate the richly diverse makeup of our school and recognise that the children, their families and the wider community that we serve in Handsworth is not deficit, but a community that has long been underserved. As a result, aspirational outcomes for our children are of the upmost importance and the culture of Talk for Writing has been instrumental in our success.

We started our Talk for Writing journey in 2021 and instantly knew that the primacy on ‘talk’ would not only result in confident storytellers, but children who possess a command of literary language both orally and in written form. We take great pride in our rich and ambitious curriculum, with texts that: reflect the community that we serve, challenge stereotypes, affirm identity and provide excellent models of literacy.

Considering Talk for Writing? Already began the journey? Come and see St Michael’s, Handsworth where Talk for Writing is embedded across the school from Reception to Year 6. Organised ‘open morning’ visits to St. Michael’s Showcase School will include opportunities to witness Talk for Writing being showcased in classrooms, discuss the intent behind our English curriculum overview and speak to our leaders about outcomes in children’s books.

Training Offer 

• Demonstrating teaching and learning through TfW in the classroom with children.
• A chance to look at books and outcomes
• We will discuss and share our school TfW overview

• Provide opportunities to talk to our senior leadership about the implementation and impact of TfW

Booking Training 

To book training, contact Mrs Nasreen Begum: