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Writing & literacy: How to help children beat writer’s block

For young pupils, writing is one of the skills that has been hardest hit by lockdowns and the pandemic. In this article, Kathy Ewers suggests ways to help pupils develop essential writing skills and learn to love writing

A recent research report concludes that writing was the subject hardest hit by the pandemic. It suggests that all year groups have seen more significant drops in writing than in any other subject.

The biggest fall in writing attainment was for year 3, with only 58% of children being at the expected level for their age compared with 79% in 2019 (Juniper Education, 2022).

These are the children whose education was disrupted in years 1 and 2, just as they were finding their feet – or indeed their hands and minds – as writers.

This finding certainly ties in with anecdotal evidence from my conversations with subject leaders in recent months. Helping children to see themselves as writers is proving to be a challenge.

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