Improving Literacy Programme (KS2 Focus)

27 February 2018

Key Providers:

  • Doncaster Research School by Partners in Learning – strategic programme lead
  • Partners in Learning TSA (Doncaster) – named as Lead TSA on the bid
  • Tykes TSA (Barnsley)
  • Barnsley TSA (Barnsley)

Additional providers:

  • Learner First TSA (Rotherham)
  • Five Rivers TSA (Sheffield)


To improve outcomes in literacy across KS2 with a focus on diminishing the differences for vulnerable groups, through an evidence-informed professional development programme.


26 schools (15 from Doncaster, 9 from Barnsley and 2 from Sheffield) will participate in the programme working alongside partner schools.

Objectives of the Programme:

  • Understand the key aspects of how children learn to read and write successfully, including the importance of developing language capability, according to the most robust and recent evidence.
  • Review, rethink and plan for sustainable change in order to improve standards in reading and writing.
  • Understand the features of effective implementation.


The evidence-based literacy guidance report published by the EEF ‘Improving outcomes in literacy at KS2’, will form the core subject content for this programme.  Learning processes, methods and associated actions will meet the DfE ‘Standards for Professional Learning’ and the findings from ‘Developing Great Teaching’ commissioned by the Teacher Development Trust.  This will ensure there is a balance between pedagogy and subject knowledge with time for participants to embed learning within their working experience. A blended learning approach will be adopted which includes face to face training, enquiry visits, in school tasks, access to additional optional training and bespoke system leader support, to respond to the evidence and associated guidance. Participating schools will work with identified high performing partner schools, drawing on specialist support from TSAs across the region.

This programme will be developed through the ‘Doncaster Research School by Partners in Learning’, as identified in their delivery plan for 2017/18, and aligned to the priorities identified both within the Social Mobility Opportunity Area and South Yorkshire region. The Research School will work with the EEF, as part of their national literacy guidance working party, to develop materials and processes including: templates and guidance for planning; monitoring and evaluation; peer review; diagnostic tools; case studies; targeted interventions; teacher research groups and reporting. These will be made available through the Research School website and shared across the national Research Schools Network, participating and support schools.


Posted on 27 February 2018
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