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The importance of explicit handwriting instruction
The importance of explicit handwriting instruction

Early years classroom practitioners need to devote more time to teaching writing, including explicit handwriting instruction, according to research findings from an Australian study.

A structured coaching model to support staff
A structured coaching model to support staff

Introducing evidence-based programs and interventions is one strategy that can be used by schools to target specific improvements in student outcomes. For this principal, having ongoing support mechanisms for staff is a crucial part of the implementation process.

Literary festival gets students excited about storytelling
Literary festival gets students excited about storytelling

In an effort to better reach students who aren’t engaged in reading, writing and storytelling, staff at this New South Wales school decided to run a literary festival for Year 7 students, inviting a range of different authors, poets, cartoonists, illustrators and performers to run workshops on the day.

Improving student writing using a continuum
Improving student writing using a continuum

In an effort to improve student writing, teachers at this New South Wales school developed a writing continuum for students in Kindergarten to Year 10.

School Improvement Episode 9: Using literacy data to inform strategic planning
School Improvement Episode 9: Using literacy data to inform strategic planning

Tasmanian teacher Cath Apanah joins Teacher to discuss how her school has been using data to inform its strategic plan and how they went about upskilling staff to use data effectively.

Infographic: Frequency and enjoyment of writing and reading

The National Literacy Trust (UK) annual literacy survey asks eight- to 18-year-olds about writing frequency and their enjoyment of writing. Here are some of the results and comparisons with the Trust's data on reading.

Do students enjoy writing?
Do students enjoy writing?

Like reading for pleasure, an enjoyment of writing has been linked to higher student achievement, but new data from the UK show children and young people’s enjoyment of writing is declining.

Supporting staff in implementing a new literacy program
Supporting staff in implementing a new literacy program

Andrew Nicholls discusses how staff professional development supported the implementation of a literacy program at his school, as well as the program’s impact on student learning outcomes.

Infographic: Formats of writing outside school

What do children and young people most commonly write outside school time? The National Literacy Trust UK recently explored.

Designing a whole-school literacy program
Designing a whole-school literacy program

One educator discusses the process he undertook when tasked with the job of revamping his school's literacy program.