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Word Power with Kelly Ashley

Aimed at KS2 teachers and curriculum lead Word Power is a professional development programme linked to core principles outlined in Word Power: Amplifying vocabulary instruction (Ashley, 2019). The Word Power programme has been designed to boost vocabulary instruction by developing an awareness of the power of words and providing practical, evidence-informed strategies to amplify word learning approaches in FS, KS1 and KS2.

The following key questions will be explored:

  • What does the research say works well to close the ‘word gap’ in primary? What word knowledge do pupils already have that we can ‘unlock’ and build upon within our approach to vocabulary instruction?
  • How can we create ‘word-rich’ environments by getting pupils to notice and amplify new words?
  • What strategies can be used to explicitly teach new words?  (The Word Power League of eight dynamic superheroes, linked to each Power-Up strategy, will be introduced, designed to make word learning fun.)
  • How can we effectively charge and recharge new language to strengthen pupils’ word memory, over time?

Programme Structure

Format: x2 afternoon online sessions (3 hours each), 1pm-4pm


Day 1 – Wed, 9 Dec;

Day 2 – Wed, 16 Dec *Participants should attend both sessions.

Kelly Ashley pen portrait

Kelly Ashley is the author of Word Power: Amplifying vocabulary instruction (2019) and has 20 years of experience in education holding teaching, leadership and advisory roles in the UK and America.  In her current role as director of Kelly Ashley Consultancy, she enjoys working with schools and organisations across the UK and abroad, offering bespoke training and consultancy support on all aspects of the primary English curriculum.  Kelly has firm roots in educational research, supporting schools to explore evidence-informed solutions to school improvement. For more information, visit www.kellyashleyconsultancy.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @kashleyenglish.

My new book, Word Power: Amplifying vocabulary instruction is out now, exploring practical ideas to Power-Up vocabulary learning in the primary classroom.  For more info visit https://kellyashleyconsultancy.wordpress.com/


Online – platform TBC


£100 per delegate for North Star Members, £150 per delegate for Non-Members for both sessions

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Terms & Conditions

Please note that in the event of a cancellation the following terms will be applied:

Cancellations within two weeks of the first event: 50% charge; cancellations within 48 hrs of the event/no show: 100% charge. If delegates do not attend all three days, your school will still be charged the full amount.


With-in a month of the first day of the event, or with-in a month of the event, which ever applies.