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The Teachers as Writers research findings can be downloaded here.

Teachers as Writers is a two year research project 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 outcomes in writing for children they teach.

Arvon, the Open University and the University of Exeter worked together on the project, funded by Arts Council England, The Rayne Foundation and the United Kingdom Literacy Association. Teachers as Writers worked with 16 teachers of students aged 8—14 years old living in areas of socio-economic disadvantage in rural and coastal areas of south-west England, who are often found to be significantly under-achieving at school. The teachers came to Totleigh Barton Arvon’s Centre in Devon, for a residential writing week led by professional writers, who continued to mentor the teachers as they return to the classroom. The teachers’ and their students’ writing development were evaluated over this period.

The Teachers as Writers project involves a collaboration between Arvon, The Open University and the University of Exeter. The project team includes the following researchers and staff:

Professor Teresa Cremin – Professor of Education (Literacy),The  Open University
Professor Debra Myhill – the Director of the Centre for Research in Writing, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean
Dr Anthony Wilson – Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, The University of Exeter
Dr Ian Eyres –  Senior Lecturer, Education, The Open University
Tricia Nash – Research Consultant, Open University and Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Exeter
Dr Lucy Oliver – Research Fellow, The University of Exeter

Writers
Matt Bryden, Narinder Dhami, Alan Durant, Tanya Landman, Wyl Menmuir, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Nick Stimson, Alicia Stubbersfield, Steve Voake, Cliff Yates

Arvon
Becky Swain – Head of Learning and Participation, Arvon
Joe Bibby – Learning and Participation Coordinator
Centre Staff at Totleigh Barton Arvon Centre

A press release with headlines from the findings can be downloaded here.

If you would like to know more about the project you can see more on Arvon’s website here. To find out how you can be part of a Teachers as Writers project or residential week in future, please email Becky.swain@arvon.org

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