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Unit 8


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Having reached the final session in the series, Ruth takes you through what you can do going forward to carry on building bigger vocabularies in your primary pupils. The goal in this video is explore how you can plan to improve children's vocabulary across all years and subjects going forward. It first asks you to do a quick audit to find out where you are now with each child's vocabulary. Where are you now? How do you know what needs to be done? And what evidence do you have that a focus on vocabulary development is needed? It then asks questions for you to decide whether your school or classroom environment is developing a language-rich culture, ones to see if you can develop your classroom practice, and then once to ask to set high goals for your children. There are also a set of criteria for you to know when you've achieved these goals.

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Ruth Baker-Leask

Former headteacher Ruth is now an independent education advisor, supporting schools, trusts and other organisations across the UK. She is currently chair of the National Association of Advisors in English (NAAE), an associate consultant for the National Literacy Trust (NLT) and a member of The United Kingdom Literacy Association's (UKLA) awards and members committee.

About the Course

This series of 8 units has been developed in partnership with The National Literacy Trust to help you develop a cumulative, rich vocabulary curriculum throughout your school. During this course, Ruth Baker-Leask will explore the research that underpins what we know about words and how they work, as well as the essential word knowledge that children need and practical strategies that you can embed into your teaching.

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