A Lancashire Project to Develop Boys' Writing through Visual Literacy, ICT and Drama

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Maskell, Edwina
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ISCED Level 1 Primary education
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Background: The purpose of the study was to trial creative techniques to motivate boys to write, improve their writing skills, and change their attitudes towards writing from a mechanical to a creative process.

Aims: The main aim of the project was to motivate boys to write through creative techniques that reflect their learning styles, and to improve their writing skills to reflect age-related expectations.

Methods: The project involved teachers, middle leaders, subject leaders, and National Strategies consultants, all working together to motivate boys to write through creative techniques. Methods used to motivate boys to write included using visual literacy, speaking, listening, drama, and incidental writing. Creative techniques were matched to children's learning styles, and resources were provided to support the units of work. CPD materials, research, and expertise were also drawn on.

Findings: The project found that boys' writing skills and motivation improved when creative techniques such as visual literacy, drama, and ICT were used. Teachers reported that all children in the class had improved, and quantitative evidence showed that 68% of pupils had increased by 1 sub-level.

Implications: The findings of the project suggest that boys are more motivated to write when creative techniques are used, such as visual literacy, drama, and ICT. This has resulted in increased levels of achievement and improved attitudes towards writing.
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Primary education , English - writing
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