Reflective writer

Likely to be assessed as low level 6 in Key Stage 3 or GCSE grade D in Key Stage 4

Reflective writers are beginning to write with a convincing individual voice, selecting an appropriate level of formality. They can adapt or combine the usual conventions of certain text types in order to create more imaginative and effective pieces of writing. Control over structure across the whole text is becoming more secure.

The development of topics within paragraphs is often well managed so that meaning and purpose are clear. Links between paragraphs usually ensure that the development of ideas is clearly signalled to the reader. Reflective writers are becoming increasingly confident in deploying a range of sentences that contribute to the overall effect of their writing. Punctuation within longer sentences is still developing and there may still be occasional errors, as they are beginning to deploy a full range of punctuation marks.

These writers are likely still to need targets to take them to level 6 in some AF areas.

See Pupil 16 – Year 8 – Low level 6 for exemplification of pupil work at this level.

Likely to be assessed as secure or high level 6 in Key Stage 3 or GCSE grade D/C in Key Stage 4

These pupils write with a convincing individual voice, selecting an appropriate level of formality. The range of text types within which they can adapt the usual conventions in order to create more imaginative and effective pieces of writing is widening. Reflective writers have enough control over text and sentence structure to decide confidently what is required to take account of the needs of the reader.

The development of topics within paragraphs is well managed so that meaning and purpose are clear. Links between paragraphs ensure that the development of ideas is clearly signalled to the reader. Reflective writers reliably deploy a range of sentences that contribute to the overall effect of their writing. Within longer sentences they deploy a full range of punctuation marks to increasingly good effect.

Vocabulary is chosen to match purpose and audience, is varied in range and includes ambitious choices.

These writers are likely to need targets to take them to level 7 in some AF areas.