Estyn Teacher Training Day

On 9 January 2012, forty four teachers from the Sandfields Cluster in Neath Port Talbot attended an inspiring day of entertainment, talks and workshops to increase skills in exploring and creating poetry, fiction and drama in an educational setting. The day provided a response to and tools for the new Estyn report on ‘A Strategy and Guidance for inspecting literacy for pupils aged 3 to 18 years’ published Sept 2011.

The day covered:
• the explicit teaching of writing skills;
• the modelling of different forms and purposes of writing;
• regular opportunities for pupils to develop their skills in work across the curriculum as well as in English/Welsh;
• effective assessment practice that leads pupils to understand how best to improve their work.

Contributors included:

Ric HoolRic Hool
Poet and short–story writer. Born in Malaya, educated MSG Durham. Essentially from Tyneside but resident in Wales since 1990. Experienced junior, secondary and TEFL teacher. Tutor for Gwent Writing Squad, Blackwood Miners’ Institute Young Writers’ Group and Blaenau Gwent Education INSET. Readings often include music.
Michael HarveyMichael Harvey
One of the UK’s leading storytellers. As well as working all over Wales, Michael has performed in international festivals in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Europe and North America. He tells Welsh, Celtic and international material to a wide range of audiences from Reception classes to adults. He works solo and with other artists including dancers, e.g. India Dance Wales, musicians and visual artists. As well as performing, he leads workshops for those wanting to tell stories and takes oral stories into creative writing and drama in schools. He regularly leads extended workshops with both children and adults in schools and arts centres. Michael works in English and Welsh.
Mike ChurchMike Church
Performance poet and writer. Ex-Deputy Head of Headlands, Penarth has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults in various forms of education. Performed poetry throughout Wales at local/national Poetry Slams. Regular performer with The Red Poets Society and also appearances on television and radio. Worked on a variety of publications with children and adults and performed around Wales as a children’s entertainer.

Paul DoylePaul Doyle
Paul is Reader Development/Literacy Project Officer at Neath Port Talbot Libraries. In the ten years in this role he has developed reading groups for adults and children and programmes of author visits to libraries and schools. He now works extensively in schools in Neath Port Talbot. Paul is passionate about reading..