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Enfield’s teaching success wins £500,000

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11 May 2016

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Teaching English to children who speak just a little English has taken a huge leap in Enfield after the council’s literacy consultants tested an approach that helped teachers and their pupils pilot a scheme in eight schools.

Teaching English to children who speak just a little English has taken a huge leap in Enfield after the council’s literacy consultants tested an approach that helped teachers and their pupils pilot a scheme in eight schools.

It has now been widely recognised and Enfield Council has been awarded £500,000 from the Education Endowment Trust to roll out the scheme to 100 schools across the country.

The astonishing improvement in the children’s understanding in their writing, speaking and reading shot up by nine months on average compared to a control group of their peers.

Learning consultant, Michelle Stanley, said: “We outlined this dramatic improvement in the detailed bid we made to the Education Endowment Fund which secured the new funding for a national programme which we are developing by recruiting teachers now for a start next year.”

The scheme breaks down the process of teaching language to pupils, aiming to change teachers’ classroom practice in a way that improves the academic English skills of pupils.

Six primary and two secondary schools took part in the pilot which developed teacher knowledge around language for junior school pupils aged between seven and 11 years of age, and secondary school pupils aged from 14 to 16 years old.

The intensive course, involved four non-consecutive days of face-to-face training for 24 teachers with substantial amounts of reading and strategies for them to practice between training days. This training equipped teachers to prepare schemes of work for 12 one-hour intervention sessions with their pupils over a term.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, said: “We are delighted that our trailblazing work has achieved this recognition and our team of literacy experts is now preparing teacher training that will benefit thousands of pupils in the United Kingdom.

“Out of several hundred bids, ours was one of the few - just five selected for funding on the pilot and the bigger programme.”

A team from Sheffield Hallam University has already been appointed as independent evaluators of the scheme which will be tested with teachers selected randomly from 50 of the 100 schools taking part.

Teachers of year five and year six (ages 9-11) will be receiving the training which will be assessed on its effectiveness on key stage two literacy outcomes and whether it improves teachers’ language knowledge. The evaluation report will be published in 2018/19.

Facts and information

  • Six primary schools: Raynham, Galliard, Latymer All Saints, Wilbury Primary, Hazelbury Junior and Fleecefield: Two secondary schools - Broomfield and Edmonton County took part in the pilot.
  • Enfield schools are using the schemes of work. Schools are rolling it out to other teachers and all schools are sharing aspects of the new practice across their school. 
  • At Enfield headteachers’ briefings the scheme has been explained and also presented at literacy, science and maths subject leader meetings.  
  • Outside Enfield - The work has featured at several conferences at the GLA and a report has gone to the Mayor of London. 
  • The scheme will be evaluated and put onto the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) toolkit which compares the impact of many aspects of education. All children benefit from it.