Cookies on Helen Arkell

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Helen Arkell website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

Saturday Morning Presentation


25 March 2017

10.00 for 10.30 - 12.00

Professor Rhona Stainthorp

"Learning to write; it takes longer than we think."

This talk will cover the key aspects of writing, including; spelling, punctuation grammar, handwriting and does it make sense for primary and secondary levels.

Writing is an exceptionally complex cognitive task. The more we study it, the more we realise just how complex and demanding it is. By investigating the individual components that have to be accomplished and orchestrated we can build a picture of the demands made on learners.  Given this is true for all, it is particularly true for learners who have specific difficulties with reading and writing words.

This talk will focus on the impact of transcription skills on the creation of texts in order for us to understand the difficulties that some children face when learning to express themselves in written language.

Professor Rhona Stainthorp

Rhona Stainthorp

Rhona Stainthorp is a research professor in the Institute of Education, University of Reading, UK.  She began her professional career teaching in a secondary school in London and turned to study psychology at Birkbeck College when confronted with the challenge of teaching young adolescent boys who could not read. 

Over the last 40 years she has worked in a number of academic departments in UK universities teaching teachers, and speech and language therapists from undergraduate to PhD level about the development of literacy.  She has also been extensively involved in providing continuing professional development across the UK. She has advised UK as well as overseas’ Governments on aspects of the development and teaching of reading and writing.

Her research focuses on the development of literacy mainly in the early years.  It includes studies of reading, writing and spelling skills, precocious reading ability, children with literacy difficulties, and effective professional practice. Her published work includes over 100 research papers, manuals for teaching programmes, literacy tests, books for students and teachers, and conference papers.

She is committed to supporting teachers to enhance their professional practice through an understanding of the best quality empirical research evidence.


Frensham Heights School, Frensham, GU10 4EA

This session counts towards your CPD and you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Course Availability

Please contact us for information on this course.

Website by Dewsign  |  UI Design by Sam Barclay

Registered in England No. 3432423 Registered Charity No. 1064646