Trips to zoos, castles, country parks and other ‘memorable experiences’ can help struggling pupils with their literacy skills, according to a new report.
A survey of more than 800 primary and secondary school pupils showed that a programme which gets pupils to write about memorable experiences in their lives improves their writing standards by an average of nine months. For disadvantaged pupils on free school meals the figure doubles, to 18 months, the Independent reports.
Pupils were enrolled on a programme which began by giving them a memorable experience to write about, from an exciting school trip to listening to stories from war veterans. They were then given tuition in writing techniques and asked to write a letter or an article about the experience. They were also taught how to mark their own work.
Kevan Collins from the Education Endowment Foundation, the charity that published the report, said: “This project starts by giving all children access to an enjoyable experience and then uses a structured approach to writing and reviewing to significantly improve their skills. It’s rare to find schemes that demonstrate such a large impact when they are rigorously tested. That’s why we are excited about the potential this project could have in helping struggling students significantly improve their writing skills.”
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