Success in English is the key to success across pupils’ education. Expert David Maytham offers some quick ideas to help engage children and accelerate progress in English

For me, it is a given that effective teaching of English can bring about transformational change. The skills acquired in English lessons can be used in every other subject and, crucially, in the real world too.

English is a vehicle through which children are transported into a rich world of untold possibilities.

I believe that you can’t teach children to write until you teach them to generate ideas. Poetry is a fantastic medium for this. Yet, in my experience, if there is ever a unit or topic that gets overlooked, it’s poetry. I’d actively encourage all teachers to teach poetry at the start of every term or topic, even if just for a few days. Ideally, link the poetry topic to your upcoming narrative or non-fiction topic, which will allow children to apply their ideas to different contexts.

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