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Writing culture

Creating the right school culture and ethos to encourage young writers and to help develop positive attitudes is at the heart writing success. Back to literacy areas

Free resources

Children reading in libraryPicture the Poet
A resource to support the teaching of creative poetry writing at Key Stages 2 and 3.  

Check out the resources related to previous competitions to promote writing including the Alex Rider Secret Mission and Write On poetry slam.

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Research and policy

vision for literacyVision for Literacy 2025
As part of the National Literacy Forum, we set out our policy recommendations to enhance literacy development. 


Children and Young People's Reading in 2015

Our sixth annual literacy survey: 32,569 children and young people aged eight to 18 participated. 

CPD and workshops

booksImproving Boys' Literacy
Explore the evidence around boys' underachievement, learn to use your results to select intervention strategies and develop and implement an action research project. 

Reading for Enjoyment for Key Stages 2 and 3
Examine a range of approaches including teaching whole texts and develop a project to create a school-wide reading culture.

Programmes and further support

brain storm teenagers 300dpiCultural Writers
Our Cultural Writers Programme promotes the use of engaging experiences as a stimuli for creative writing and poetry. 

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