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Hoole CE Primary School – Pathways to Write – Case Study

About the school: We are a two form entry school with approximately 400 children aged 4-11, serving the community of Hoole on the outskirts of Chester.

Number of classes: 14

Number on roll: 402


The Challenge:

We decided to implement the mastery approach in 2018, as we were concerned that there was not enough consistency in the teaching of writing across the school. We felt that clear progression between year groups was not evident.

We wanted to place more focus on teaching of key skills and to improve children’s stamina for writing.

After careful research, we believed Pathways to Write would enable us to do this.

Mastery Approach:

The implementation of Pathways to Write has drastically improved writing across our school. Children now talk enthusiastically about their work and are always excited to read more of the text they are studying. They are inspired to write and are producing high-quality writing that they are proud of.

When looking at books, clear progression is now evident. Children are writing at length on a regular basis and clear progress can be seen across a unit of work. It is evident that all children are working to master key skills at the appropriate level. More children are now reaching the expected standard and the number of greater depth writers has also improved.

The Impact:

Teachers are now more confident with teaching writing and staff’s subject knowledge has improved significantly. The models that the planning contains have given the staff the confidence to model more effectively with their classes.

From talking to colleagues, it is clear that staff enjoy teaching the units of work. The clear planning and progression grids have improved workload.


‘To any school considering starting their Pathways to Write journey, it is a decision that you won’t regret. Your children’s writing will go from strength to strength.

The team at The Literacy Company make getting started extremely easy. The quality of texts and planning units are unbelievable value for money and the team are always happy to support in any way that they can to help you succeed. There are a wide range of diverse texts to choose from that link seamlessly into the curriculum.’

Hoole CE Primary School