Give struggling writers the tools to tell their story

Primary pupils faced with a blank page often don’t know how to begin, but an approach imported from the US can develop the cognitive, metacognitive and self-regulatory skills that underlie successful writing, says literacy director Megan Dixon

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I can be an excitable person, particularly when I find interesting things in education. But I don’t usually get so excited that I fall off my chair. However, a recent study into teaching writing made me do just that.

I had been sitting in my classroom running through the newly published reports from the Education Endowment Foundation when I came across the IPEELL (which stands for introduction, points, examples, end, links, language) Calderdale study, an evaluation trial of a strategy for teaching writing to children in Year 6.

It’s part of my job to know about such things, so I jumped in. ...

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