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It's all about the book: how studying a whole text is the key to greater depth reading and writing in English

In this blog, Maggie McGuigan (Series Editor and author of Read in to Writing), explains why studying a whole book is key to raising attainment in English and achieving that all important 'greater depth'.

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Keeping Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Practical and Fun

Does your class groan and moan when it’s time for grammar, spelling and punctuation work?
Grammar doesn’t have to be boring or completed sat at a table with a piece of paper and pencil. Try some of the ideas below to get kids moving around and having fun as they learn about grammar, spelling and punctuation.  

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Teaching Key stage 1 reading - Using John Lewis’s Moz the Monster to teach reading comprehension

Thanks to Shareen Mayers for creating these teaching resources and planning ideas. These reading resources and guidance for key stage 1 teachers that will support teachers with their teaching, learning and assessments.

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9 things you need to know about writing assessment at KS1 and KS2

Following the DfE’s response to the assessment consultation this September, we asked  English and assessment adviser Shareen Mayers to share her thoughts on the changes to the teacher assessment framework for writing at key stages 1 and 2.

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Embedding Writing Skills in History

Stuart Tiffany and Bev Forrest discuss how to build on core writing skills and encourage reluctant writers with imaginative and engaging history lessons.

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Is the new standard for writing equivalent to Level 5?

Shareen Mayers reveals why the new writing standard might not be as scary as we had expected …

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Our exciting collaboration with NAHT!

We are proud to have published Writing Assessment Tasks in consultation with NAHT, offering a set of engaging tasks to assess composition and technical writing skills. Find out more about this exciting new partnership on the blog!

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Cartoon Story Maker – Free download to support Unit 3.2 ‘We are comic writers’

Cartoon Story Maker – Free download to support Unit 3.2 ‘We are comic writers’ Read more »

Switched On - Our story so far...

I'm speaking as an ICT Co-ordinator here when I say that the biggest thing Switched On has done for me is remove the worry that certain things are not being covered by different year groups! The names involved in the production of this scheme give me peace of mind that the quality of learning offers by the scheme is extremely high...

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