Along with colleagues from the Arvon Foundation, The Open University and University of Exeter I have just begun work on the Teachers as Writers research project.

This project sets out to determine the impact of writers’ engagement with teachers in changing teachers’ classroom practices in the teaching of writing and in improving students’ learning.

We are particularly interested in the impact of writers’ engagement with teachers on: a) writers’ effectiveness in supporting young people; b) teachers’ pedagogic practices and identity as writers; and c) students’ writing skills, including their motivation and confidence.

Schools participating in the project are from areas of socio-economic disadvantage in rural and coastal areas of South West England.


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