Funded PD offer to Ofsted category 3 and 4 schools

Be one of 108 schools to participate in a fully-funded professional development and leadership programme ending in March 2020. The programme will focus on the teaching of phonics and early reading and writing with Read Write Inc. Phonics. The final 36 primary schools are being recruited now. Download a PDF of the full offer details.

The government is committed to raising life chances for every child – regardless of background. The focus for TLIF funding includes the 12 Opportunity Areas and Category 5/6 areas – all with a legacy of educational challenge. The aim is to improve pupil outcomes, thereby making a significant contribution to tackling social mobility.

This programme is offered in conjunction with the Department for Education's Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF). For more information from the Department for Education, click here.

Read through the information below. If you think your school would benefit from this project, click here to register your interest.
The deadline for completing the expression of interest form is 14 November.

Our offer

The two-year CPD programme includes:

All funded by TLIF – normal cost £14,700.


Eligible schools should be Ofsted ‘Requires Improvement’ or below.

Eligible schools must not have had in-school Read Write Inc. Phonics Training or Development Days in the last two years. Schools will be required to purchase Read Write Inc. Phonics resources.

The first 72 schools have started the programme.

What are the objectives of the Ruth Miskin Training programme?

The fully-funded programme will:

  • Provide a sustainable leadership model of ongoing professional development for middle leaders and headteachers
  • Enable middle leaders to establish effective weekly coaching systems to include practice, observation and feedback to increase teacher effectiveness
  • Help build a data-driven culture in school to ensure all children make the best possible progress in reading
  • Increase teachers’ knowledge of the teaching of phonics and early reading and writing, and ensure lessons are well-matched, effective and engaging
  • Raise standards in literacy for Key Stage 1 pupils and pupils in Key Stage 2 not yet meeting expected standards.

What about the cost of resources?

Schools will be required to purchase Read Write Inc. Phonics resources. The publishers (Oxford University Press) are offering a 30% discount.

The EEF rates Phonics as a low-cost use of Pupil Premium (PP) funding with a very secure evidence base. Read Write Inc. Phonics fits a number of other EEF suggested uses of PP funding, e.g. small group tuition, oral language intervention, behaviour intervention, feedback.

How can I find out more before applying?