Sharing REAL with Parents

Professional support to develop your child's speaking, reading and writing skills

What is it?

Sharing REAL is training for parents. We'll give you the very best advice on how to support your child's speaking, reading and writing skills.


These sessions will return in the new academic year in a new virtual format.

We're making them as fun and interactive as the face-to-face versions.

Watch this space for further updates.

What is the purpose?

Sharing REAL aims to build parent’s confidence in how they can support literacy within the home and help their children’s learning and development in communication and language. The aims are to help parents feel confident and knowledgeable about what steps to take.

How does it work?

Through discussions and practical activities, parents will gain ideas on how to support young children with books, early writing, songs and rhymes and how to make use of all the print around them in their home, in the street, and in the shops.

What happens in a session?

The training comprises four two-hour sessions.

The sessions are fun and interactive, giving plenty of time for talking and sharing ideas around the four strands of literacy: books; early writing; environmental print (signs, logos, shops etc); and oral language.

Parents will also be introduced to the principle of 'ORIM' which is the idea that there are four main ways in which they can help their children’s literacy development through:

  • Opportunities for literacy
  • Recognising children’s achievements
  • Interacting
  • Modelling literacy use.

What are the outcomes?

Through attending the sessions parents will have two major outcomes.

  1. Enhance their knowledge and understanding of how they can engage children in early literacy activities.
  2. Examples of what to look for in children's development across the four strands of literacy.

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How can I get involved?

This is a universal service and all LEAP parents are welcome to attend at any of the venues where it is taking place.

Jo Gordon - LEAP Communication and Language Co-Lead:

Phone 07545 862479

How can I get involved?

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