What is Writers for Life?
Writers for life is our new intervention designed to Increase the writing skills and confidence of children in Key Stage 2 using self-motivation and metacognitive skills.
Writing provides a valuable vehicle for children to express ideas, thoughts and feelings and to deepen understanding. It plays a vital role in learning and academic attainment.
However, our research has shown that since 2021, writing enjoyment has dropped to its lowest levels in over ten years.
Building on our existing success in supporting and developing primary writing, we have designed this new intervention which aims to improve writing quality and empower children to take ownership of the writing process. Core approaches drawn from the whole-school IPEELL programme have been adapted to meet the needs of children that will benefit from focused teaching to accelerate progress towards age-related expectations.
Writers for Life will support teachers to build pupils' engagement with writing, developing their skills, confidence, independence and enjoyment. Based on the IPEELL approach, it uses memorable experiences, develops positive attitudes and draws upon Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) to improve pupils’ writing.
Who should use Writers for Life?
The intervention is aimed at teachers and teaching assistants supporting children in upper Key Stage 2 who have low prior attainment or lack writing stamina.
Writers for Life can be used as both a complement to reinforce IPEELL or as a standalone intervention for less confident writers.
How it works
Writers for Life offers a streamlined, fully planned set of three learning sequences each made up of five sessions.
Lesson content and supporting tools have been carefully designed to reduce cognitive load, allowing children to focus on approaches that support independence in writing across a range of text types.
Teachers will be provided with an intervention facilitator’s manual and two webinars to support pupils’ progress.
Based on EEF research in partnership with the Calderdale Excellence Partnership
Can be used across different text types in all subject areas
Works with existing teaching methods
Provides a structure to help organise pupils’ writing
Provides a method for pupils to evaluate their work
Provides a framework for children to take ownership of the writing process
"...Pupils are exposed to a range of genres and build their experience and understanding through explicit success criteria. Pupils are confident and enthusiastic writers and current books show that pupils are making good progress in their writing."Ofsted (2017) following an inspection of a school which has implemented the IPEELL structure in classroom practice.