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Briar Hill Primary School

Briar Hill is a warm and happy school with well-being at the heart. All children are challenged, nurtured and inspired to achieve highly and make a positive contribution to society.

Talk for Writing Training Centre

At Briar Hill Primary School, we are proud to be nationally recognised for our highly effective teaching of English as a Talk for Writing training centre. Talk for Writing is a methodology created and developed by Pie Corbett and Julia Strong. As a result of our exemplary work, Briar Hill have also been featured in the Transforming Learning Across the Curriculum book, where the school provided a case study and video clips of our teachers and pupils in action.

Talk for Writing principles and practices are firmly embedded across Briar Hill School and have impacted positively upon standards in reading, writing and across the curriculum; leadership practice and the development of an approach to CPD with research at its heart. The highly effective and inclusive practice of our teachers is underpinned by well-structured, clearly sequenced and progressive whole school planning that ensures both quality and coverage. Progression is guaranteed by an evolving bank of model texts that stretches from Nursery to Year 6.

We ensure that each visit is carefully tailored to meet the needs of other schools so that there is always excellent impact from our input. We have a full menu of services for Talk for Writing, Talk for Reading and Talk for Writing Across the Curriculum. We can respond to the individual needs of any school or organisation on request.

School visits can 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.

Future Training

Talk for Writing, Talk for Reading and Talk for Writing Across the Curriculum training is available at Briar Hill.

Time: 8:30am -12:30pm

Briar Hill operates a charge for services and this is strictly not for profit. No member of staff benefits personally from monies coming into school and every penny earned is reinvested in the capacity of the school to meet the huge demand for support.


Please email if you would like to book training or enquire about a bespoke training day or package.

Bespoke Training

We do offer personalised training for a school or individuals. Please contact us if you would like more information about this.

Booking Form

Please click here to download a word document Booking Form.

Talk for Writing in the Environment


For further information and details please visit the Talk for Writing Homepage and Learning Centres

Talk for Writing Gallery 

Here’s what some prestigious visitors to Briar Hill have said about their experience here: 

Pie Corbett, national educational consultant, said, ‘Great leadership and a fine curriculum, be inspired.’  

Julia Strong, national educational consultant, said, ‘The high expectations and quality of teaching at Briar Hill have enabled the school to use Talk for Writing to greatly improve standards, not just in English, but across the curriculum.’  

Christine Counsell, DRET Trustee and national educational consultant said, ‘We are all so proud of Briar Hill Primary School, its pupils, teachers and leaders. This is a school community that cares about building knowledge, respecting truth and being kind. Visiting Briar Hill is always inspiring.’  

‘A privilege today, every single classroom fully focused, 100% concentration and enthralling teaching. Great achievement to celebrate and exciting times ahead.’  


You can find us on the Talk for Writing website here: 

Showcase Days

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