Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesThank you so much @sophyhenn for this morning's session with Leicester schools for Our Best Book. It was fantastic to meet you and hear all about Pizazz. The draw-a-long was brilliant @leicesterlibrar @MidlandsCLS @simonschusterUK https://t.co/TcCEL8fjT82 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesWe are incredibly pleased to be welcoming @sophyhenn (virtually) to Leicester for another Our Best Book 2022 author event @leicesterlibrar @MidlandsCLS @simonschusterUK - see you all tomorrow!3 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesA huge thank you to the amazing @josephobrady and brilliant @PatriceAggs for talking to the children of Leicester this morning about 'No Country' - Our Best Book 2022 @leicesterlibrar @MidlandsCLS @DFB_storyhouse3 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @mellorschool: 5LD joined a live virtual event with Joe Brady and Patrice Aggs, the author and illustrator of the amazing graphic novel…3 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it Takes@MidlandsCLS This looks exciting!😀4 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesWe are super excited about the Our Best Book 2022 author talk tomorrow morning with @josephobrady and @PatriceAggs discussing the book No Country @leicesterlibrar @midlands - see you then!😀4 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesThank you to @edgechristopher for your brilliant virtual author visit this afternoon as part of Our Best Book 2022 @leicesterlibrar @MidlandsCLS5 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @missvirdeerps: Thank you @edgechristopher for our invite to the best book event. The children had lots of interesting questions. @Missd5 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesWe are excited to announce that Author Month On Tour is returning to schools this June! A number of highly inspirational children's authors will lead a session comprised of an author talk, followed by creative writing and/or illustration masterclass for pupils. https://t.co/QIg4kwyt111 week ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesLet's hear from the winner's of Our Best Picture Book 2022, Alex Latimer and David Litchfield for Pip and Egg. https://t.co/hjmhfaQpZQ @almaxlat @dc_litchfield @MidlandsCLS @leicesterlibrar4 weeks ago

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 sonia.dayal@sdsa.net

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