The National Literacy Trust is delighted to be running the Transforming Writing project which is being funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and driven by literacy experts Pie Corbett and Julia Strong.
This two year research project runs from September 2011 - September 2013 and is researching how to improve children’s writing skills through applying effective formative assessment to the teaching of writing. It is combining the best of recent practice, Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing approach, with the proven formative assessment work from leading experts such as Shirley Clarke.
The resulting pedagogical model will be transformed into accessible practical support for schools and disseminated across the country from 2013.
We are working with a group of talented teachers from 12 schools. As action researchers, they are trialling different ideas and strategies to shape the final proposed model. The project is also in itself formative. These schools are:
- Trevithick Learning Academy, Cornwall
- Knowle Park Primary School, Bristol
- Eliot Bank Primary School, London
- Gordonbrock Primary School, London
- Alderman Jacobs Primary School, Peterborough
- Rose Hill Primary School, Oxford
- Edward Bryant Primary School, West Sussex
- Lowedges Primary School, Sheffield
- Westbourne Primary School, Bradford
- St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, Salford
- Windsor Primary School, Liverpool
- Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School, Slough
The project is being evaluated by the University of Winchester and guided by a steering committee which includes formative assessment expert Shirley Clarke
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