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KTC Leicester

The KTC (Knowledge Transfer Centre) is a programme focusing on quality first teaching of phonics, early reading and early writing. This effective approach is now in its seventh year working with Leicester primary schools. The successes of the method lie in the quality of training and the bespoke support that subsequently takes place in schools to allow school leaders to implement the core principles in their own setting. The method is plainly one of input, model and monitor. The schools that have been most successful in the approach are those who involve as many staff as possible with the training to ensure consistency of message and those that as a result, fully engage with school visits and gap tasks.

Training is delivered by an independent teaching and learning consultant, Ann Smalberger. Ann has a wealth of over 30 years of experience and knowledge in teaching reading and writing and specialising in early literacy. Bespoke support visits are carried out by Ann and a team of lead KTC teachers from within the city.

Training sessions include:

  • Phonics Phases 1-5
  • Assessment of Phonics
  • Shared and Guided Reading
  • Shared and Guided Writing
  • Sight Words
  • Early Words
  • Phonic intervention

The programme (including access to resources and videos) is provided free of charge to all Leicester maintained schools as part of the Closing the Gap strategy. Academies can purchase access to the programme individually or as a MAT.

The programme is managed and co-ordinated by the SDSA. Please direct queries to nicola.gale@sdsa.net

NB: The resources page below can be accessed by password for member schools only.