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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



If you have any questions regarding our writing curriculum please speak to Carys Smith (Lead Learner) on 01296 488331 or email


What is Talk for Writing (T4W)?

Talk for Writing is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett. All year group will learn through the structure of imitation, followed by innovation, until they finally use independent application. This approach can be adapted to suit the needs of all learners, it enables children to be able to read and write for a variety of audiences and purposes. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.



At Bearbook Combined School, we facilitate a supportive environment that allows children to develop a love for writing, embracing the functional skills required alongside promoting their own personal flair for writing. We strive to provide a platform for children to express themselves confidently, through both spoken and written English. We want children to understand that writing is a powerful tool that can be used to express their personal voice, and provides a channel to communicate with the wider world. We provide meaningful opportunities for children to find pleasure in the writing process, including: discussion, reading, sharing, drafting, performing, reflecting and publishing. We want children to leave Bearbrook feeling empowered to express themselves through the spoken and written form of English.