Thinking about Improving Primary Writing: Important Considerations
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Thinking about Improving Primary Writing: Important Considerations

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly worsened overall outcomes as well as widening equalities. In 2022, Key Stage 1 SATs, the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard or above in writing fell from 70% in 2019 to 59% in 2022. Similarly in Key Stage 2 SATS, 69% of pupils were assessed by teachers as meeting…

Implementing the EEF’s Five-a-day-approach and School Planning Guide for Primary – Part 3
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Implementing the EEF’s Five-a-day-approach and School Planning Guide for Primary – Part 3

Implementing the EEF’s Five-a-day-approach and School Planning Guide for Primary – Part 3 of 3 In the second blog post, the EEF’s recommendations for targeted academic support were outlined. This third and final blog post will focus on the use of wider strategies.  Wider strategies support pupils wider learning behaviours that enable schools to remove…

Best Bets for Improving Writing Stamina
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Best Bets for Improving Writing Stamina

Evidence from the EEF (May 2022) shows that Covid-related disruption has caused learning loss in children. There is some evidence that the writing outcomes for primary-aged and Year 7 children were lower than expected compared to previous year groups (Christodoulou, 2021, 2022). One of the common issues is that writing stamina has been heavily impacted.