Everybody Writes: beyond the classroom

Added 28 Aug 2019

Encourage pupils to make links between the writing skills they learn in the classroom and the writing they do outside school by creating opportunities for writing at school and in the local community. This guide provides suggestions, evidence and real examples to help you bring Everybody Writes to your school and embed a whole school writing culture.

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We will continue to update the page with real examples from schools around the UK. To share your examples of writing beyond the classroom please email us.

What is Everybody Writes?

Everybody Writes is a universal approach to writing, encouraging a love of writing for all children and increasing the confidence of teachers in devising original and creative ways to engage children in writing. However, by offering children hands-on experiences to write about and by establishing real audiences for children’s writing, the Everybody Writes approach inspires writing with a relevance and immediacy that makes this approach particularly effective in engaging the interest of reluctant writers as well as giving the most able writers the opportunity to shine.

Key principles

  • 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

You can use these principles to create an Everybody Writes project in your school. It could involve staging the discovery of dinosaur bones in the playground to trigger a whole-school newspaper writing project; running a series of after-school workshops for parents and children to write and illustrate a family history book; or setting up a lunchtime blogging club to track the progress of a favourite football team in the Premier League.

Find out more about Everybody Writes.