What schools say

Executive Headteacher, The Acorns Primary and Nursery School and Whitley Village School Federation (September 2017)

“One year into the Primary Writing Project we saw rapid gains in attainment and progress across The Acorns Primary and Nursery School. Our youngest children gained greatly in Speaking outcomes with results showing vast improvements for boys going from 57% in 2016 to 76% in 2017 – an increase of 19% points. Our disadvantaged pupils went from 50% in 2016 to 78% in 2017 – an increase of 28% points. Overall we went from 73% in 2016 to 79% in 2017 – an increase of 6% points.

Our Year 6 children excelled with writing increasing from 20% to 71% at expected standard – an increase of 51%points.

The catchment for The Acorns Primary School covers an area where conditions are considered to be in the 10% most deprived nationally.”

Executive Headteacher, The Acorns Primary and Nursery School and Whitley Village School Federation (June 2017)

“The Primary Writing Project has transformed the way we teach English across both of our schools. Our children love Talk for Writing and retell narratives with great enthusiasm and energy. This has ensured that new vocabulary is learnt in context and children understand the tune of the text. Shared Writing is part of our daily practice which has helped to ensure that all children engage at a high level throughout every lesson. English is a high priority in our schools; children really love writing and teachers feel confident teaching lessons. Clear progress can be seen as a result of the programme both within books and in school data.”

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Project Team Lead, Warren Road Primary, Bromley (September 2016)

“I thought you may all like to know the results from our Y1 pupil survey…
At the start of last year 39% of children at Warren Road Primary School said that they did not enjoy Literacy…now it is only 9%! This means that, in the space of a year, we changed the attitude of 216 children!

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Project Team Lead, Moseley Primary, Coventry (June 2016)

“I’m so pleased that my school signed up for the PWP and I was given the opportunity to lead on it. It’s been amazing CPD and I’ve learnt things beyond improving writing in terms of implementing whole school approaches to things which will be invaluable in the future.”

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Early Years Teacher, Project Team, Rudyard Kipling Primary, Brighton (March 2016)

“A fantastic project that has supported all staff in developing their subject knowledge of the teaching of writing and reading. The impact for our school has been huge – children are now motivated and enthusiastic readers and writers.”


Andy Richbell, Headteacher, St. Nicholas CE Primary, East Sussex (February 2016)

“I just want to say a huge thank you. It has been by far the best professional development activity, with the highest impact on children, that I have been involved in as a teacher. (20 years into my career).”

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Jamie Thomas, Assistant Headteacher, Warren Road Primary School, Bromley (October 2015)

“Following on from Project Team Day 1, I wanted to send a link to a whole school project we launched at Warren Road. This involved the whole school learning a story “The Papaya That Spoke” and then re-telling it together. In total there were 850 children and 50 adults. It was very powerful. I hope you enjoy it.” To view the video click “The Papaya That Spoke”


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Gordon Atkinson, Governor, Victoria Road Primary School, Cheshire (September 2015)

Comments made following some ‘pupil voice’ discussions with governors.

“The older children were very articulate about the change in teaching style since the introduction of Talk4Writing. They felt that they were learning more, they understood the teaching better, and most importantly they were engaged and happy.”

A child’s comment during the pupil voice discussions with governors:
“Before we were just told to do something, now it is explained more and we have more help.”

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Caroline Mason, Deputy Headteacher, Rowner Junior School, Hampshire (September 2015)

“Being involved in the PWP has helped me develop a love of writing. My subject knowledge is now more secure and as a result I am a better English leader. I have watched passive children bloom into sophisticated writers who love playing with words. Brilliant!”


Wendy Bolton, Headteacher, Mengham Junior School, Hampshire (September 2015)

“This project has transformed writing in our school. We have no reluctant writers and we have passionate teachers. Writing is exciting, of a high quality, has a real content and gives the children a purpose. Children are starting to articulate the impact of their writing and are now considering themselves as authors.”

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Rachel Goplen, Headteacher, St Lukes CE Primary, Sway, Hampshire (September 2015)

“The Primary Writing Project has been inspiring for staff and children. As a result of introducing and following Talk4Writing throughout the school, we have raised standards in writing and ensured that children write creatively for a range of audiences and purposes; an exciting project to be part of.”

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Sam Myers, Deputy Headteacher & Steph Strode, Classteacher, Grange Infant School, Gosport (September 2015)

“We are now approaching our third year as a T4W school and in this time it has become evident the positive impact this project has had in shaping and changing the children’s attitudes as writers. The power of this approach cannot be underestimated on the influence it has had on not only the acquisition of language, but also on the ethos of writing passion and excitement across the whole school. You only need to step into a classroom to be blown away by the enthusiasm, engagement and total absorption of each and every person- including the adults. Writing is no longer an onerous task; it’s fun, meaningful and it’s brought the whole curriculum to life!”


Frances Robinson, Principal, West St Leonards Primary Academy, Hastings (July 2015)

“I feel I need to share our great news! Our writing results [following support from the Primary Writing Project] are now Level 4+ at 94%, Level 5+ at 38% and Level 6 at 6%.

These are our best results ever and the impact of our focus on writing is clear. I am very thankful for my dedicated and skilled teachers and support from the PWP Talk for Writing Team. Many thanks.”


Headteacher, Westover Primary School, Portsmouth, (May 2015)

“The results of the PWP at Westover and amongst the other member schools were startling. The children’s confidence in their ability and approach to writing had dramatically increased and their engagement with writing enhanced…”


Roberta Kirby, Headteacher, Fernhurst Junior School, Portsmouth (May 2015)

“Pupils’ attitudes to writing very quickly improved as they had early success and the writing process became something they could do. ] Involvement in the Primary Writing Project has made a real impact on standards and progress in writing across the school.


Kathryn Robinson, Vice Principal, Lyndhurst Junior School Academy (May 2015)

“The opportunity to network with other schools taking part in the project has also been invaluable. Many ideas have been shared and stolen!”

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Paul Walton, Headteacher, Northern Parade Junior School, Portsmouth (September 2015)

“T4W has helped take writing from Northern Parade Junior School from being an area of concern below national average to at or above national averages. The teaching in all subjects has dramatically improved across the school. 100% of teaching is good or better.

There is a real buzz and positivity around the school towards writing and reading. Pupils look forward to lessons and there has been a large increase in reading at home. The flexibility of T4W allowed us to focus on ‘boy friendly’ writing which had a real impact on outcomes, moving the school to well above national figures in three years for all groups.

2 levels progress from 2012 to 2015 has increased from 71% to 100%. Every child makes expected or better progress in writing. Attainment in all years has significantly improved. The percentage of pupils at age expected standard in Year 3 has risen from 30% to 95%, Year 4 have risen from 54% to 84% and Year 5 from 53% to 81%.

The future looks very promising thanks to T4W.”