The Somerset Literacy Network (SLN) continues to go from strength to strength

We offer support directly to schools and also through a Framework Agreement with Resources for Learning Gold and Gold Star subscribers.

Word of mouth recommendations have led to SLN hubs being started in:

  • Plymouth
  • East and West Cornwall
  • The Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire
  • Swindon
  • Devon
  • Wiltshire
  • Andover
  • Bristol
  • Dorset
  • Guernsey
  • Cheltenham
  • Malvern

The SLN supports Literacy Subject Leaders through twilight meetings run at different locations each term. These meetings give Subject Leaders the opportunity to network with each other and gain updates on local and national issues.

Schools within the SLN have access to a wide range of resources and materials to support the continued improvement of literacy teaching. Many of these resources have been developed directly as a result of requests from SLN schools and relevant materials continue to be made available on a regular basis.

The range of minimum cost training available exclusively to SLN schools has been extended and developed. Aspects of literacy covered in these workshops include phonics and spelling, grammar subject knowledge, supporting writing, extending vocabulary, Guided Reading, using data, the role of the Subject Leader and support for NQTs. Any of these workshops can be run in your local area, or can be offered as twilight sessions for individual schools.

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The Somerset Literacy Network has provided an invaluable conduit for keeping abreast of current educational developments in English. It enables me as a subject leader to network with leaders in other schools in the local area and beyond. Particular positives are the sharing of resources, practical ideas and training which are always tailored exactly to the needs of schools. Another plus is that Sarah is always on the end of the phone or email for support and advice.
Beverley Alcock; Deputy Headteacher, Eastover Primary School
Sarah Cook and the SLN have provided us with expert training, support and resources to help us develop an outstanding literacy curriculum for our school. During the years she has supported us she has developed a centre of excellence, expertise and experience which has provided myself and colleagues with the training and resources we need to deliver all aspects of the literacy curriculum. Her team work in partnership with us and inspire us to deliver great teaching, improve the outcomes for our pupils and motivate them to reach their full potential. Reading, writing, speaking and listening are embedded within the wider curriculum motivating us to develop a creative and purposeful teaching and learning environment.
Chris Bennetts, Senior teacher/Literacy Lead , Walton CE VC Primary School
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