About Everybody Writes
Everybody Writes encourages a love of writing for all children. The approach provides teachers with original and creative ways to engage children in writing. Everybody Writes is particularly effective in engaging the interest of reluctant writers. The four key principles of the project are:
- Taking writing beyond the classroom: into the playground, community and world of work
- Giving children hands-on experiences to write about
- Finding real audiences for children's writing
- Exploring writing across the curriculum
An Everybody Writes project could involve: staging an alien landing in the playground to inspire sci-fi writing; running a series of after-school workshops for parents and children to write and illustrate a family cookbook; or setting up a lunchtime blogging club to track the progress of a favourite Premier League football team.
Impact on attainment
Everybody Writes was a project delivered in partnership by the National Literacy Trust and BookTrust from 2006 to 2011 with funding from DCSF and then DFE.
The University of Sheffield evaluated Everybody Writes in 2009 and found that the approach had a positive impact on:
- Raising the confidence of pupils in relation to writing
- Enhancing pupils’ attitudes towards writing
- Raising attainment in writing
- Providing pupils with opportunities to engage in authentic purposes for writing
Memorable experiences give young people something concrete to write about, the motivation to get started and an enjoyable way to begin a piece of writing.Learn more about Everybody Writes: memorable experiences.
A real audience and purpose for writing can improve your class' motivation to write and their pride in their writing.Learn more about Everybody Writes: writing for real.
All jobs require writing, some more than others. Here we have pulled together all our favourite videos and resources of professional writers explaining their very different jobs.Learn more about Everybody Writes: Writing Works.
Develop pupils' writing lives across the school, at home, in the local community and beyond.Learn more about Everybody Writes: beyond the classroom.
Set up a writing club in your school to help establish a whole-school writing culture.Learn more about Everybody Writes: writing groups.