Introducing ‘Pathways to Write’

Pathways to Write is a proven methodology built around units of work which develop vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach. The units, for use with pupils from EYFS to Y6, provide clear detailed lesson plans and resources, linked to high-quality texts to ensure engaging and purposeful English lessons. Effective teaching strategies to challenge greater depth writers are included within each unit of work.

Key elements of Pathways to Write:

  • Six detailed units of work for each year group from EYFS to Year 6
  • Fully resourced sessions inspired by engaging texts
  • Develops vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach
  • Links creatively to the wider curriculum
  • Challenges greater depth writers


"Pathways to Write is now firmly established within our school and the progress that we have seen in less than a year is truly fantastic. Not only do children write for a purpose, but they write for pleasure, with children across all year groups expressing a love of writing. I cannot recommend this company or this programme highly enough."

James Smith – Assistant Headteacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and Nursery, Liverpool.

Within each unit, there are new age-related skills for children to work on and master through a variety of activities and writing opportunities. By limiting the number of skills the units contain, children can really hone their writing techniques, providing an excellent, focussed assessment opportunities for teachers.

At regular intervals, there are suggestions for extending greater depth writers within the context of the lesson. These are simple, manageable and effective with little additional planning required.

The Pathways to Write process follows three stages:

Gateway (1-2 sessions):  hooks, enthuses and intrigues young writers whilst revisiting previous mastery skills for teachers to assess

Pathway (10 sessions):  introduces three new writing skills which pupils practise and apply through short and extended writing tasks

Writeaway (4 sessions): provides an opportunity for pupils to apply mastery skills in an extended context

To support this approach, clear and detailed lesson plans are provided linked to a high-quality text along with all the resources needed to create engaging and purposeful English lessons. Pathways units can also be used thematically with topics linking across all year groups for a whole school approach to writing.

To complement the Pathways to Write programme, The Literacy Company are continually developing writing units that ensure creative links to the wider curriculum:

Throughout our unit of work on My Name is Not Refugee, the learning has been amazing, both in terms of literacy and the less tangible skills of empathy and understanding.’  Year 2 teacher, Cuddington Primary School, Cheshire

For further information on Pathways to Write, please contact our Business Support, Nicole: