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Halsnead Primary School – Pathways to Write – Case Study

About the school: Halsnead Primary School,Whiston, Knowsley, Merseyside
Number of classes: 11

The Challenge:

Prior to implementing Pathways to Write, the teaching of writing had been inconsistent across school and within phases. We had identified several gaps in children’s knowledge and that children weren’t writing every day resulting in a lack of opportunities for them to apply the skills they were being taught and ultimately, demonstrate progress. In addition, we pinpointed areas for CPD for staff including support in planning and effective classroom practices.

Mastery Approach

Since the implementation of Pathway to Write there has been a complete shift in our whole-school culture in relation to writing. Children’s attitudes have improved; their stamina for writing has increased and there is significant evidence that children are completing better-quality writing outcomes. We have seen a positive impact on our data and children relish talking about their writing –they regularly express their enjoyment for and developing confidence in producing writing for a range of purposes and audiences.

The Impact:

Staff voice, coaching sessions and professional dialogue confirm that staff feel more confident in the planning and delivery of writing lessons. The key documents that accompany the Pathways to Write programme are exceptional and add value to the comprehensive and easy-to-follow unit plans. This portfolio allows teachers to plan and assess with confidence – they reduce workload and support professional development. In addition, the CPD and training packages offered by The Literacy Company are extremely useful – planned and delivered by teaching professionals who understand the pressures and strains of classroom teaching, the sessions are well-pitched, professionally delivered and offer practical, useful advice and guidance.

‘Implementing Pathways to Write has ensured we are able to offer our children a creative and consistent approach to writing. The mastery approach is a thorough methodology that allows our children the scope to learn, and apply new skills, proficiently.

We have been particularly pleased by the range of high-quality, diverse texts that have clearly been chosen with great care and attention to support children’s awareness of the world in which we live.
The programme offers excellent value for money, which, in the current climate, is gratefully received. The contents of the package give practitioners a complete unit to use and adapt depending on the needs of the class. The mixed units have been particularly useful for us as we moved to a mixed model in school after starting Pathways to Write. This versatility has been extremely beneficial to our staff and supported their CPD and teaching in mixed age groups. Children’s writing attainment has improved over the duration of implementing the scheme. Pathways to Write provides opportunities to build stamina by writing every day, encourages children to write for different purposes and audiences and weaves in the teaching of grammar and punctuation throughout each unit.’

Halsnead Primary School