Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesSchools in Leicester are hearing from @MrEPrimary about Re-engaging their school community in reading this morning. Our first virtual Reading Champions' Conference. More bite-sized conferences happening each month with different topics. @leicesterlibrar @MidlandsCLS https://t.co/v5W03t9IZK6 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it Takes@MBooks2love @MrEPrimary Everyone who booked on via Eventbrite have been sent a link to the session.6 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesWe are so excited to be part of this fantastic initiative again this year alongside @leicesterlibrar and @MidlandsCLS A fabulous selection of books again this year, set to inspire and entertain Year 5/6 pupils! https://t.co/2VhAQtPEW81 week ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesOn Wednesday we are welcoming @MrEPrimary to our Reading Champions' Conference - have you booked your place? #reading #school #Leicester #whateverittakes https://t.co/zUvkp48vGZ1 week ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @leicesterlibrar: There's still time for your child to complete the #SummerReadingChallenge, as it runs until 30 September. Stuck for i…2 weeks ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @StokesWoodPS: We have been on Sky News today! Here’s the video of our feature https://t.co/WrfFTu4zaX @leicesterliz @leicesterssp @N3 weeks ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @leicesterlibrar: Paul is back with our second instalment of this week's online storytelling, as part of the #SillySquad #SummerReadingC3 weeks ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @OrchardMead_Lib: The mobile library is ready for action. Visiting the Year 9 and 10 zones today #letsgetreading https://t.co/rxG1K7Nlvy3 weeks ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @InglehurstJun: What a week we have had so far! The children have loved reading our class book - #KidNormal 📖 They have thoroughly enjoy…3 weeks ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @MowmacreHill: Welcome to the latest member of our Mowmacre Family - it’s “Book Bot” Great way to promote reading - there are going to b…3 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 nicola.gale@sdsa.net

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