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Practical ideas and strategies to improve writing skills

Drawing on the work of a number of schools, Fiona Aubrey-Smith shares some practical ideas from headteachers and class teachers to improve writing skills – especially for boys

When in discussion with headteachers across the country about practical school improvement actions, the challenges around improving boys’ writing are frequently cited.

There are many ideas and strategies out there to address the gender imbalance, but there are some which go far deeper and probe the very origins and foundations that underpin writing for all children.

One of the most important prerequisites to writing is of course language – both the ability to articulate thoughts and ideas, but also having a wide and varied vocabulary, specifically a palette of words which relate to the subject matter. Gathered from a range of schools across the country, you might like to try some of these creative and imaginative ways to broaden vocabulary.

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