New book Word Power: Amplifying vocabulary instruction – out August 2019! To order, click here.

A resource for FS, KS1 and KS2 bringing together research and practical classroom ideas, helping teachers to consider the why, what and how of vocabulary instruction.  Word Power outlines eight Power-Up strategies for word learning (linked to National Curriculum content and evidence of what works for language development) using the Word Power League of superheroes – Phoneme Phantom, Graphic Guardian, Morpheme Marvel and many others – to help pupils actively investigate and connect words based on their structure, meaning and usage. More information here

Meet the Word Power League to Power-Up language learning

For a taster of content for the Power-Up strategies of Phonology and Graphology, visit the links below.

Word Power League: Spotlight on… PHONOLOGY

Word Power League: Spotlight on… GRAPHOLOGY

Copies of the book can be purchased at Kelly’s CPD events or by emailing

Word Power CPD programmes

Early language CPD for FS/KS1 teachers and teaching assistants

Vocabulary CPD for KS2 teachers and teaching assistants

Closing the ‘word gap’ conference workshop ‘taster’

‘Take 5’ workshops for parents on supporting language at home

*Four-day programme that can be adapted to suit your needs

This programme explores themes and resources from Kelly’s new book, Word Power: Amplifying vocabulary instruction.  Strategies for enhancing implicit instruction (language-rich environment) alongside practical POWER PRACTICE ideas with the WORD POWER LEAGUE of superheroes to POWER-UP word learning are explored.

Contact or @kashleyenglish for more details.

For published articles on the theme of ‘Word Power’:

Chartered College Journal ‘Impact’ (summer 2018) – Word Power: Creating a language rich environment

Teachwire article (June 2018) – Use Word Power to close the Word Gap

Teachwire article (September 2018) – 13 of the Best Vocabulary Teaching Ideas for KS1/2 English

Click on the links below for previous blog posts relating to Word Power:

Word Power – Part 1: Starting Point

Word Power – Part 2: Choosing Words

Word Power – Part 3: Word Attack!

Word Power – Part 4: Language Coding

Word Power – Part 5: How can I help pupils build Word Power?

Word Power – Part 6: Vocabulary development across the curriculum – semantic grouping

Word Power – Teaching through Text (The Man who Walked between the Towers by Mordicai Goldstein

Word Power – Teaching through Text (Nothing by Mick Inkpen

Word Power – Teaching through Text (Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne)