TFW Logo UpdatedMaria is the only Somerset consultant or adviser to have worked directly with Pie Corbett on Talk for Writing, receiving training and support from him to fully develop and understand the process. From this work, she wrote the Somerset training package for Talk for Writing, which was used by the Local Authority to train schools throughout 2008 to 2010 and also trained other consultants/advisers in the Talk for Writing process.

Working with Pie Corbett has led to Maria researching and piloting different aspects of Talk for Writing with schools, allowing them to embed the techniques specifically for their context. This has led to real impact on their writing results and attitudes.
In April 2012, Maria ran the very successful ‘Raising Standards in Writing’ conference with Kaye Haywood from Trevithick Learning Academy, Pie Corbett’s first Storytelling School.

This has allowed Maria to support her schools to embed the Trevithick planning model idea, working intensively on the Imitate, Innovate and Invent process – ensuring maximum impact from the Talk for Writing techniques.  Having specialised in Talk for Writing for many years and by being part of Pie’s national Talk for Writing team, Maria is one of just a few trainers who is able to offer you authentic, comprehensive and up to date training and support in this area.

“Maria has worked with our school for the last 18 months as we have implemented the T4W process. She is a great ambassador for the strategy. She is extremely enthusiastic, has brilliant ideas and is passionate about the improved outcomes for children, achieved through T4W. Maria has worked tirelessly to constantly support, enthuse and guide us. She has been totally invaluable to our school in improving writing opportunities for our children.” – Headteacher

“When we need support to improve writing within our school Maria is ALWAYS our number one choice; we only use the best!!” – Headteacher

“Talk 4 Writing is the key to our success and Maria Richards is the T4W the Fairy Godmother!”Headteacher