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Talk for writing: Jo's Year 1 case study – Implementing 'Talk for writing'


  • Date: Sep 2008
  • Programme: Talk for writing
  • Subject area: Literacy
  • Focus: Improving the rate of progress of children's writing by focusing on sentence structures, vocabulary and oral rehearsal
  • Number in series: 2
  • Phase: Primary
  • Key stage: Key Stage 1
  • Ref: 00467-2008PDF-EN-28

The data for the cohort (two classes followed this method of planning and teaching) demonstrates that 84 per cent have finished the year on track to gain level 2 at the end of Key Stage 1. Of these, 61 per cent have gained a high level 1 or above.

A significant minority of children made accelerated progress during the second half of the year, following the introduction of the Talk for writing project in February. In the first half of the year, only 12 per cent of children made two part levels of progress compared with 30 per cent who made two part levels of progress between February and June. In the first half of the year, 43 per cent of children made no progress against the National Curriculum compared with only 14 per cent who made no progress in the second half of the year.

Children have also demonstrated the confidence to talk to a wider range of audiences which they have sometimes lacked especially as oracy skills have proved a traditional difficulty for many of the children in the school. Anecdotally, this group of children has developed broader language skills and confidence, not simply linked to direct improvements with writing, the benefits of which should be reaped as the children progress throughout Key Stage 2.