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Talk for Writing has been the most successful whole school initiative we have undertaken at Warren Road. Standards have risen in all year groups, especially in areas of ‘Greater Depth’, where written outcomes are of an extremely high attainment. In addition, writing for pleasure has become a feature of the school, with children making the most of opportunities both in and out of lessons, as well as at home, to develop their key skills and their creativity. We offer a range of inset and consultancy options.  For more information, please download the service level agreement.

Jamie Thomas – Talk for Writing Primary Expert

Jamie is Deputy Head and Head of English at Warren Road Primary School in Orpington, as well as being Head of Warren Teaching School Alliance.

In 2015, Jamie led and delivered whole school change at Warren Road PS, embedding Talk for Writing across the school as part of The Primary Writing Project. This proved to be the most successful whole school initiative undertaken, with progress measures soaring in reading, writing and GPS, and continuing to rise.

In 2017, Warren Road PS became an accredited Talk for Writing Training Centre and now supports a number of schools in the implementation and development of the programme.

Jamie currently leads all elements of Talk for Writing training and is available for inset, consultancy and individual school support. He is passionate about supporting schools and individuals in the implementation of Talk for Writing, offering insight into his own school’s leadership, development and outcomes. He is also an advocate for the success Talk for Writing has in Year 6, and is now looking to work with Secondary schools to look at transition into KS3.

WarrenTSA works with a number of independent consultants and SLEs that can support schools in the development of their curriculum. Should you be looking for school to school support please contact us to discuss your requirements. Please click on a name below to read a small biography of each consultant.

Carolyn Williams - Phonics and Spelling

Carolyn is Head of Spelling and Phonics at Warren Road Primary School. Walk into her classroom and you will see her love of developing vocabulary and how she instills this in even the youngest of children.

Linda White - School Business Management

I am an active member of the school Leadership Team at Warren Road Primary for four days a week as SBM and support another local Primary Academy school as a Financial Consultant for one day a week.

Sinead O'Mahoney - Humanities

I have been teaching at Biggin Hill Primary School for 6 years, teaching classes across Key Stage 2. I was humanities lead for two years and am now the Wider Curriculum Lead; this role allows me to support all other subject leaders to raise the profile of their subjects; ensure high quality teaching and learning in topic subjects through observations and monitoring; and help middle leaders become more confident in their role.

I am passionate about humanities and during my time as humanities leader in Biggin Hill Primary, I led the school’s work in achieving both the Silver and Gold Award in the Primary History Quality Mark. The work for the quality mark, allowed me to massively raise the profile of history within the school and develop strong literacy, numeracy and other meaningful cross curricular links within the subject.

For the past two years, I have facilitated a Humanities Forum for schools in the borough. This forum has been highly successful and has allowed subject leaders from different schools to meet and share good practice and ideas, as well as providing an opportunity to moderate books.

As well as this, I developed an effective assessment system for humanities, which enabled teachers to easily identify gaps in pupils’ learning and inform their planning.  I created a clear non-negotiables list for books and display boards to raise the standard of both across the school and ensure that they were supporting the learning of all of our pupils.

Key areas where I can offer support to other schools in implementing and developing:

  • Strong, meaningful literacy links
  • Meaningful cross curricular links
  • Display boards/Working Walls
  • Floorbooks
  • Strategies to embed key vocabulary in topic
  • Whole school Planning
  • Assessment systems
  • Raising the profile of humanities within the school
Helen Lawlor - Primary Languages

Helen Lawlor has a degree in Modern Language Studies (French, Spanish and Linguistics) and has been teaching primary languages since 2005. She currently teaches French at two Beckenham primary schools and is an Languages consultant for a third. She also runs a Chinese Mandarin enrichment/after school club.

She participated in the Network for Languages, London Schools Excellence Fund project, completing courses in CLIL, French Phonics, Storytelling in other Languages and KS2/3 transition. Since then she has been involved in French upskilling training for Greenwich Borough, running a Primary Languages Network Hub and is co-ordinating an on-going collaborative project on transition with a local secondary school.

She is regularly asked to speak on some of these topics at conferences/forums, and this year that includes The Language Show at Olympia and The Southern Primary Languages Show.

Last year she was involved in an outstanding OFSTED inspection, in which her subject got a special mention for the structure of its curriculum, and has also been involved in an inspection under the new framework this September (2019) at a school for which she is a subject consultant.

Helen is delighted to be working with Warren Teaching Schools Alliance, and is looking forward to sharing her many years experience and knowledge of primary languages with other practitioners and subject leaders.

Tony Rolfe - ICT

I have been teaching a Warren Road Primary School for 4 years, teaching in classes across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I am ICT lead for the wider curriculum which allows me to provide support for teachers and year groups throughout the school.

I have over 20 years’ experience in ICT and have previously worked with a variety of different organisations within the industry. I am passionate about ICT and keen to help teachers move away from the traditional idea that ICT is limited to a computer suite and ICT lessons.