It's the tests not the teaching
The Government appears to feel that inadequate teaching re-mains the root of the problem. Perhaps, however, the explanation for limited measurable improvement lies elsewhere.
Writing demands far more complex skills, to be applied simultaneously, compared with reading. The demands of levels 2 and 4 in reading set appropriate challenges for most seven and 11-year-olds, but the same levels in writing re simply much harder.
New teaching methods have certainly produced improved writing in the classroom. But the tests are based on single time-limited pieces of writing which allow children little opportunity for reflection and improvement, thus preventing them from fully demonstrating their skills.
The published results for key stage 2 no longer include teachers' assessments.
By failing to value these additional measures, the true extent of improvement in writing is not being recognised.
Holbrook primary school