Pupils need structure if they are to write well across the curriculum

* Pupils need structure if they are to write well across the curriculum and need to learn from seeing their teachers write, David Wray, professor of literacy education at Warwick University, said.

"There is evidence we are not good at it. There is a lot of evidence about how you teach reading but not writing," Professor Wray said.

He believes there must be models for writing and teachers have to lead from the front. "Kids never see teachers writing but it is important teachers model and support pupils in their attempts," he said.

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