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Writers for Life - sample resource

Added 07 Jun 2023 | Updated 03 May 24

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This sample resource provides an overview of the Writers for Life intervention and a snapshot of the content before you commit to signing up.

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. 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.

Benefits of Writers for Life:

  • 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

About this sample resource

This resource provides details of the teaching sequence structure, three sample learning sequences and a sample text planning frame. You will also find helpful information about the background of he IPEELL approach and an explanation of how the IPEELL strategy works.

Find out about the Writers for Life intervention

Intervention participants will have access to teaching materials including a handbook and sample text types, pupil-facing resources, a year of National Literacy Trust premium membership and live training webinars. The next phase of Writers for Life starts this term, with a webinar taking place on 1 July.

Find out more and sign up!

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