The Writing For Pleasure Centre and our associated approach was created to disseminate what is presently known from research about the principles of world-class writing teaching.
The Writing For Pleasure approach is actually a synonym for world-class writing teaching (Young & Ferguson 2021, 2022, 2023a, 2023b). It’s a cohesive and carefully conceived evidence-based writing approach. It runs from the EYFS-KS2 and is based on 14 principles which represent the most effective teaching practice. These principles have a track record of raising standards and accelerating progress and are the result of 600+ research studies, spanning over 50 years of scientific research. The principles are also informed by what case studies tell us the best performing writing teachers do in their classrooms which makes the difference.
The majority of our time is spent working with our Writing For Pleasure affiliate schools. If this is something that interests you, you’re welcome to apply using the form below. However, we are also invited to work generally with schools who may not wish to adopt the whole Writing For Pleasure approach but nonetheless are still interested in how evidence-based practices could influence and improve their existing practice.
We offer a wide variety of CPD. This includes school INSETs, teacher workshops and our school residency programme. We value our long-term and close affiliations with schools and other stakeholders. The schools we work with share our commitment to longstanding and embedded CPD and to providing world-class writing teaching. Again, for more information on applying to become one of our affiliate schools, please contact us.
When we do residencies in schools, we will visit for several days to work with senior-leadership, teachers and children. First, we will meet with senior-leadership and literacy leads to ensure they understand our approach and the principles of world-class writing teaching from the EYFS to KS2. We also deliver after-school teacher workshops and teacher mentoring, and we will teach exemplar lessons for teachers to observe. We spend a lot of time observing and mentoring teachers in their classrooms. At the end of the residency, we work with the literacy lead and senior leadership to deliver a proposed action plan for that calendar year. Once the residency is over, we continue to work with our schools remotely and support them in the implementation of their action plans. Schools engage in self-study modules, working-group meetings and action-research projects. We ensure we maintain contact with our school affiliates over the long-term and continue to make ourselves available to staff who need us without extra cost. We see this as embedded CPD and is based on what research tells us is the most effective type of teacher development. Finally, schools gain access to our complete programme of study. This includes all our planning, resources, eBooks, self-study training and assessment materials.
For more information, please contact us.
Growing a whole school of extraordinary writers: the pursuit of world-class writing teaching. This INSET day involves meeting with senior-leadership and literacy leads to ensure they understand the 14 principles of world-class writing teaching from the EYFS to KS2. The rest of the day is devoted to spending time with each year group or key stage team. During these workshops, teachers are introduced to the 14 principles of world-class writing teaching and our associated resources. Time is set aside for teachers to look at and discuss these resources and how they might like to use them within the context of their own classrooms. Schools gain access to our complete programme of study. This includes all our planning, resources, eBooks, self-study training and assessment materials at no extra charge.
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