Best Practice

Literacy: Inspiring pupils’ writing

How can we innovate our practice to ensure even more young people achieve in writing? Teacher-writer experts Ross Young and Phil Ferguson share their dos and don’ts when it comes to raising standards and inspiring the next generation of writers

The education system today is built in a way that means many children can underachieve in writing. This is because a lot of children dislike doing it and many teachers dislike teaching it. But we know there is a correlation between children who dislike writing and their subsequent underachievement (Clark, 2017).

The education system promotes teaching practices which do not take into account what research tells us about how children enjoy and gain satisfaction in writing. So, what are the dos and don’ts when it comes to teaching writing and really engaging pupils?

The sorts of corrosive practices currently promoted in the sector include:

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