It took half a term to set up the project, and I spent many Saturday evenings preparing the following week's literacy hours; but now, two terms later, it has all been worthwhile. The children are well-motivated, independent learners. The quality of work produced, even by children learning English as a second language, takes my breath away.
The National Literacy Project is not bad news. It is not a strait-jacket. There is lots of room for flexibility and professional judgment. I am sad to read so much negative criticism of it by those who have not tried it. I hope the bad press the project has been receiving does not demotivate or lower morale. It is a challenge, but one to which it is worth rising.
Helen Webb 17 Ashland Road, Sheffield