The transition into Key Stage 3 is difficult for learners with literacy difficulties and SEND – and even more so in the wake of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This two-part webinar series is designed to explicitly show secondary teachers how to support and scaffold for new Year 7s by understanding and inclusively teaching disciplinary literacy in their subject.

Research suggests that the pandemic and the resulting school closures have caused up to 75% lost learning and regression in many learners. This is of particular concern for the cohort of children who are entering secondary education this year, where the jump in demand from Key Stage 2 to  Key Stage 3 has always been notoriously difficult for some learners anyway.

This means that secondary teachers will need to scaffold and support their new students more-so than ever before to help them engage with a more demanding curriculum that they may not be prepared for.


This webinar series will run over two sessions:


17th March: Part 1 – “The science of literacy”

  • The basics of how literacy skills develop, including decoding and comprehension
  • Skills learners will need to be taught in order to access a more demanding secondary curriculum
  • An overview of ‘metacognition’ and how it affects reading comprehension


24th March: Part 2 – “Research and evidence-based comprehension strategies”

  • Strategies to improve learners’ literacy skills and help them access different subjects
  • Quality First Teaching literacy strategies and why they are relevant to all subjects and disciplines
  • How schemata form through the use of explicit vocabulary and synonym instruction
  • Reintroducing and using prior knowledge


Webinar outcomes

Participants will leave with:

  • More confidence in identifying and supporting students who are struggling to access the Key Stage 3 curriculum
  • A better understanding of how literacy develops, and the difficulties learners might experience
  • Evidence-based strategies for supporting reading comprehension and fluency

Please provide the name(s) of the course participant(s):

Attendee #1

Dates & scheduling:

Part 1: 17th March 2022, 16:00 – 17:00
Part 2: 24th March 2022, 16:00 – 17:00


£50 per person



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