TfW Training Centre

Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School in Slough is a large, culturally diverse school. 85% of children have English as an Additional Language and mobility is high. The school benefits from buildings and grounds that have been purposefully designed to support learning for children and adults alike.

Talk for Writing principles and practice are now firmly embedded across the school and have impacted positively upon standards in reading and writing, leadership practice across a range of areas and the development of an approach to CPD with research at its heart. The achievement gap between children entitled to pupil premium and other children nationally is closing and Talk for Writing, with its emphasis on feedback, collaboration and meta-cognition, has been key to this improvement. Pie has been pivotal in our school improvement work for five years or more and the school took part in the ‘Transforming Writing’ Research Project with the National Literacy Trust.

Based upon specific requirements, Penn Wood can tailor training packages or visits using the repertoire of themes below that reflect the essential ingredients of Talk for Writing to inform discussion:

  • Imitation, Innovation and Independent Application
  • Storytelling and the use of a Literature Spine
  • Reading as a reader; reading as a writer
  • Embedding language games and activities
  • Developing Toolkits for Writing
  • Effective Feedback – feeding back and feeding forward
  • Whole school planning for Talk for Writing including the allocation of texts and language features across the school
  • Mini-writing lessons; guided writing
  • Supporting the development of writing with images, objects, music and thinking maps
  • Creating the Environment for Talk for Writing including celebrating writing
  • Poetry
  • Non-Fiction writing
  • Leadership of Talk for Writing
  • Developing an approach to CPD for Talk for Writing including coaching


Our next training dates are as follows:


Autumn term 2019

Talk for Writing (EY/KS1) - Thursday 21st November 2019 


Spring term 2020

Talk for Writing (KS2) - Tuesday 4th February 2020

Talk for Writing (EY/KS1) - Thursday 12th March 2020 


Summer term 2020

Talk for Writing (EY/KS1) - Thursday 7th May 2020

Talk for Writing (KS2) - Tuesday 23rd June 2020 


Autumn term 2020

Talk for Reading - Tuesday 29th September 2020


For all training enquiries contact


TfW Booking Form

Please note that cancellations within 7 days of the training event will incur a charge of the full cost of the event.  Please note that by booking you agree to, upon request sharing your details with PCC. (Pie Corbett Consultancy)


School visits include observing lessons and the environment for writing, looking at children’s work, talking with children, teachers and school leaders and training in the ‘hub’. In addition, we have and use all of Pie’s published resources.The training includes tours of the classrooms and training on Talk for Writing.


Feedback from delegates on our Talk for Writing training at Penn Wood:

- 'Thank you - this has been an inspirational and informative day. It has been amazing to see Talk for Writing in action across the school, and the consistency between the learning environments was really impressive.'

- 'An inspirational school - I have learned so much about the process.'

- 'A brilliant, full day, bursting with learning and opportunities to see excellent application of TfW.'

- 'The day was absolutely fantastic! Penn Wood feels very warm and welcoming. The children we spoke to were a  real credit to the school - they could explain the TfW process with pride, enthusiasm, clarity and understanding.'