Research

FA Writing Challenges: Evaluation report 2017

Added 27 Jul 2017

Read about our FA writing challenges and how they increased participating students’ enthusiasm for writing, motivated them to write and improved their confidence as writers. 

The Football Association and National Literacy Trust teamed up to create a series of writing challenges for Key Stage 3 students based around the SSE Women’s FA Cup. Students practised their descriptive and persuasive writing skills as they were challenged to write speeches, poems and newspaper articles around the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final. Each challenge was introduced by inspirational videos of top female players, and supported by a resource pack for teachers with tips and guidance around writing for enjoyment and the links between football and literacy.

The evaluation of the project relies on a survey of teachers and group discussions with participating students. The survey was open for two months and all teachers were encouraged to respond. We obtained a total of 64 responses. In addition, four group discussions were conducted with over 25 Key Stage 3 students, including with the class of students who won the main prize. This report presents the main findings from both the survey and the group discussions.