By Teresa Cremin, Professor of Literacy in Education, The Open University
We’re off! Over the last three weekends we’ve welcomed over 40 teachers to Lumb Bank, the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre in Yorkshire. The project, which is a partnership between Arvon, the Open University, and the University of Exeter is exploring how the opportunity for teachers to work with professional writers might change their understanding of being a writer, how they teach writing, and improve both children’s outcomes and attitudes to writing. The project, (which is funded by EEF and the RSA as part of the Learning About Culture fund), is a randomised control trial with a comparison group of Year 5 teachers who are not involved in the intervention. The work is being evaluated by University College London and the Behavioural Insights Team for EEF/RSA.
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