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ELSA France’s Virtual Teacher Development Day
13 March 2021
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Saturday, March 13 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Opening Doors to a Richer English Curriculum. (ages 10-13)

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I will be talking about WHY ages 10-13 pupils deserve a richer, deeper English curriculum based around quality texts: picturebooks, children’s literature and introductions to famous writers. I will also talk about HOW this can be achieved, including examples of pupils' writing.
I will be using case studies from schools where a toolkit of ideas called the opening doors strategies are being used across the UK and abroad. The innovations include:
- Making quality texts a norm for the curriculum so that challenging ideas and
language can be pitched high but accessed by all
- using a range of access strategies to ensure the fascination of challenging
literature is enjoyed as early as possible.
- Knowledge chunks are introduced in stages by teachers to focus on depth of
- Writing can be used as a taster to spur on comprehension
- How to plan for far more quality reading for all pupils
This will be in presentation style with the chance to ask questions in the 'chat' box

Link to free literary modules for teachers to try out: https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxCgNvQM8mbQK9KZ3P5UtQ5dmy5uQrRAX

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Bob Cox

Director, Searching for Excellence Ltd
Bob Cox is the author of the award winning ‘Opening Doors’ series and has been presenting ideas about high quality learning and English at regional, national and international conferences for thirteen years. Bob was a teacher for 23 years, then worked in school improvement before... Read More →

Saturday March 13, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CET
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