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A Poem A Day!

As you know Thursday 1st October was National Poetry Day. To celebrate we are launching our very own Dandelion Learning Poem A Day Project which will run until July 2021. The aim is to encourage teachers to commit to sharing a poem with their class on a daily basis (this could be the teacher choosing and reading the poem or the children taking in turns to do this or a mixture). We are passionate about getting teachers and children excited about poetry as we believe it can have a positive impact not only on children's vocabulary and understanding of sentence structure but even more importantly poetry can bring joy and magic into children's lives!

The project is fully funded by us and is totally free to register. As part of the project you will have access to an hour of zoom training per term - two of these sessions will be led by the fabulous poet Sally Crabtree from Mousehole in Cornwall! You will also benefit from free resources and book recommendations.

To be part of the project you will be required to :

  1. Complete a before and after questionnaire with your class
  2. Share a poem a day with your class (wherever possible)
  3. Attend the free Zoom training sessions where possible
  4. Share your Poem A Week as voted by your class on your preferred social media platform linking to our project (full details when you register).

We really hope you would like part - if so simply drop us an email for full details.


2020/21 Training options

Dandelion Learning are offering a full range of courses and conferences throughout 2020/21 (in person and online options avaiable):

  • English Subject Leader Updates (via Zoom for the Autumn term)
  • Grammar for Year 2 and all Key Stage 2 teachers and Teaching Assistants
  • Phonics First
  • Super Subject Leadership! Supporting Subject Leaders in Making the Difference
  • Raising Standards in Writing through the Use of Guided Writing, Developing Vocabulary and Editing
  • Spell It! – Now Includes Top Tips for Teaching Handwriting and Editing
  • Developing Early Reading For Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Teachers and Teaching Assistants
  • Catch-Up Phonics for Key Stage 2
  • Reading Revolution
  • Terrific Teaching Assistants! Improving the Impact of TAs in the Primary Classroom
  • KS2 SATs Success! Creating Inspired Writers and Avid Readers whilst preparing for the End of Key Stage 2 2020 National English Assessment
  • KS1 SATs Success! Creating Wonderful Writers and Remarkable Readers whilst preparing for the End of Key Stage 1 2020 National English Assessment
  • B is for Boys! Raising boys’ engagement and attainment in the Early Years. Alistair Bryce Clegg is back!
  • NOT TO BE MISSED! Lessons from Top Performing Education Systems. Lucy Crehan author of ‘Cleverlands, The secrets behind the success of the world's education superpowers’.

They can also offer INSET, twilight sessions, staff meetings and school support both in school and as Zoom meetings. Contact treandpet@dandelionlearning.co.uk to discuss further.

About Dandelion Learning

Pet Henshaw and Tre Christopher are Dandelion Learning. We deliver high quality Literacy training and support for schools across the UK. Our goal is to support schools to make a real difference to the lives of their children. We are passionate about teaching and learning and are committed to helping schools to realise each and every pupil’s full potential. Our training is engaging, interactive and highly regarded. We are proud of the fact that our Phonics training was approved by the DfE.

Having worked as Primary school teachers, Subject Leaders and Consultants, we recognise the commitment and relentless hard work that it takes to provide outstanding education on a day to day basis in the classroom. We aim to support schools’ efforts by providing training which is inspiring, practical and based on sound up-to-date research. Our training is always active and practical ensuring that teachers have the opportunity to have a go at techniques themselves so that they are confident and enthused to use these immediately back in the classroom. All the strategies we promote are evidence based and our aim is to share not only how to use these strategies in the classroom but also why these techniques work.

We provide a range of courses, bespoke whole school training (INSET, staff meetings and twilights) as well as support for clusters of schools who wish to work together. We also provide in-school support for teachers and school leaders. 

T. 01726 212892 E. info@caph.org.uk