Power English: Writing - every child can be a writer

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Give children the choice to write about what moves them and you will be surprised what you might learn…

A new creative writing approach designed to help children grow as writers and write for pleasure has been released today.

Power English: Writing, from leading education company Pearson, draws on what it means to be a writer in real life, encouraging children to use their own experiences and interests to write, create and improve their writing skills, as they learn to ‘dabble’, draft, publish and perform their compositions.

Speaking about the innovative new writing approach, Lindsay Nadin, Director of Primary at Pearson, said: “We want every child in every class to be a writer. This doesn’t just mean meeting age-related expectations for writing or passing a test – it’s about empowering young people with the skills to write their own futures and express themselves creatively.

“We’re delighted to have worked with leading experts to develop a creative writing approach that supports teachers to give pupils the freedom to write about what moves them and a taste of writing in the real world, from memoir writing to journalism. We are excited to see schools using Power English: Writing to inspire the next generation of writers.”

While many schools teach writing with the use of set texts, Power English: Writing takes a dynamic and genre-focused approach to deliver the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. Pupils explore genres from science reports to fables with videos from professional writers including the likes of author, Michael Rosen, and poet, Adisa The Verbalizer.

Phil Ferguson, co-creator of Power English: Writing and a National United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) writing representative, said: “For the past forty years, research has been consistent on what makes great writing teaching, yet writing continues to be a mystery for many teachers. We know children who enjoy being writers together are far more likely to achieve.

“Power English: Writing makes this possible by demystifying good writing teaching and presenting a set of interconnected practices which can help schools and teachers to write for pleasure and meet national expectations.”

Ross Young, fellow co-creator of Power English: Writing, teacher and UKLA national writing representative said: "When I was young, I didn’t realise that the written word was for me to use or enjoy. I was never told I was a writer.

"I want the children in schools across the country to have a different experience and to develop a life-long love of writing. "

Find out more about Power English: Writing and how to make every pupil in your school a writer.