A blog about Teachers as Writers, a two-year research project offering teachers sustained opportunities to write and build co-mentoring relationships with professional writers in order to improve student outcomes.  Now updated monthly.
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The Teachers as Writers Executive Summary research findings are now available to download here.

You can download the full Teachers as Writers Research Report here.


Living the Craft of Writing

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 … Continue reading “Living the Craft of Writing”

Writing and Rewriting

By Professor Debra Myhill, Director of the Centre for Research in Writing, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, The University of Exeter Reading through our interviews with professional writers – acting as Co-Mentors in partnership with schoolteachers on our Teachers as Writers research project – I am struck by the variety of words that are used to describe … Continue reading “Writing and Rewriting”

Do children have agency as authors?

By Teresa Cremin, Professor of Literacy in Education, The Open University Over the last three months the Craft of Writing team, (Debra Myhill and I, Becky Swain, Becky Coles and Sara Venner) have been recruiting schools to this new project. Funded by EEF and the RSA, it’s a partnership study between the OU, the University of Exeter … Continue reading “Do children have agency as authors?”

Teachers as Writers Full Research Report

By Becky Swain, Head of Learning & Participation, Arvon We are delighted this month to be able to publish Teachers as Writers: A report for Arts Council England on the value of writers’ engagement with teachers to improve outcomes for all pupils. We hope you’ll be sufficiently curious to take a closer peek at the … Continue reading “Teachers as Writers Full Research Report”

Can writing be taught?

By Rebecca Coles, Research Associate, The Open University  It is one of the premises of The Craft of Writing project that in order to teach writing, we must know what writing is. We must understand what one needs to know, and be able to do, if one is to write. The project will bring professional … Continue reading “Can writing be taught?”

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