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The ‘Pathways to Write’ planning has provided us with a strong focus on the progression of skills within our writing. We have seen a strong rise in both staff confidence and pupil engagement through exciting texts this year. We highly recommend using these units.

Sankey Valley St James CofE Primary

Ofsted Report

The work of leaders and teachers to put in place new approaches to the teaching of writing has been particularly effective. Staff have welcomed these approaches and pupils are making stronger progress in writing in Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 as a result. Current higher-attaining pupils in key stage 1 are making stronger progress than before in writing. During the inspection, when writing about toys from the past, pupils in Year 2 used their knowledge of grammar to produce work of a high standard.

Ofsted report of a Pathways School


We love our super writer’s group. We are glad we are in it. We learn a bit more than the actual class do so sometimes we can help them.

Year 4 Pupil using Pathways to Progress


The Literacy Company have provided outstanding support for our school. They have taken time to understand our needs and have consistently put in place outstanding packages of support for both teachers and the English Curriculum team. Their support has consistently helped us in our journey moving from RI to securing Good.

St Basil’s Catholic Primary

Now in over 600 schools nationwide, Pathways Literacy comprises the award-winning Pathways to Write, Pathways to Read, Pathways to Progress, Pathways to Spell and Pathways to Poetry. Written by experienced English consultants, these high-quality programmes for reading and writing will inspire pupils and teachers alike.

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Pathways to Write is a proven methodology built around units of work which develop vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach. The units, for use with pupils from EYFS to year 6, provide clear detailed lesson plans and resources, linked to high-quality texts to ensure engaging and purposeful English lessons. Effective teaching strategies to challenge greater depth writers are included within each unit of work.

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Pathways to Spell is an innovative and engaging programme designed to fascinate pupils about words. It is a research-based series of lessons following a Review, Explain, Practise, Apply and Reflect model. Through this programme, we aim to develop a school of spellers who use a series of strategies in lessons and in their independent writing. Unlike other spelling programmes, there is a cycle of review objectives covering the whole curriculum to ensure gaps in learning are constantly revisited.

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Pathways to Read is a programme designed to equip pupils from year 2 onwards with key skills to move them through the reading process towards becoming competent and fluent readers. To support this approach, clear detailed lesson plans and resources are linked to high-quality texts. Pathways to Read ensures engaging and purposeful reading lessons.

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Pathways to Progress is a writing intervention programme designed to be delivered in addition to pupils’ English lessons. The programme is predominately aimed at pupils who are working just below age-related expectations and need to close gaps in their learning.

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Pathways to Poetry is a beautiful addition to any English curriculum. It enhances work on vocabulary, spoken language, reading and writing; it gives pupils the opportunity to play with language orally and in writing.

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Kirsten Aidley

Kirsten has taught across KS2 over the last 10 years in diverse settings. For many years, Kirsten has worked as part of SLT and has enjoyed leading KS2, as well as being KS2 Maths and English subject lead.

Kirsten Aidley

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Kirsten is excited to have recently joined the team in February 2023. She is looking forward to working with teachers and supporting schools. Kirsten has taught across KS2 over the last 10 years in diverse settings. For many years, Kirsten has worked as part of SLT and has enjoyed leading KS2, as well as being KS2 Maths and English subject lead. Kirsten has a particular passion for driving the improvement of writing using high-quality and engaging texts.

Kirsten enjoys spending time walking her dog, listening to audiobooks, and having family time with her two young children. She loves to take her children to local libraries to pick out new and exciting texts to share at home.

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