Pathways to Write

The Literacy Company is a passionate team of consultants who work together with schools to enhance the English curriculum and improve standards.

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.

The whole school package includes 42 full units of work, six for each year group from EYFS to Year 6. Further documents within the package to support the effective implementation of Pathways to Write include: an overview of year group skills from EYFS to Y6, a document to guide the progression and tracking of skills, an overview of reading and spoken language and a progressive guide to genres. Plus writing opportunities for the application of grammar and punctuation and a long term curriculum map.

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.

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
  • Progressive development vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach
  • Links creatively to the wider curriculum
  • Challenges greater depth writers
  • Full coverage of grammar and punctuation for each year group
  • Suggested whole class read to compliment the main units
  • Ongoing support and contact with consultants available
  • Mixed age planning option available which are adaptable to a multitude of different classes
  • Support for pupils working off track
  • The programme allows for flexibility for your experienced practitioners along with support for those less experienced and ECT’s
  • 3-4 weeks of planning gives schools and teachers time to incorporate other themes and topics into the curriculum

We have found the support offered by The Literacy Company to be invaluable and highly effective and we thank them for this support


We have been working with The Literacy Company since June 2017 and have seen a real improvement in the quality...

Head Learner, Bradshaw Community Primary School

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2019-11-11T12:09:30+00:00

Head Learner, Bradshaw Community Primary School

We have been working with The Literacy Company since June 2017 and have seen a real improvement in the quality of teaching and learning of English throughout that time. Overall, we have found the support offered by The Literacy Company to be invaluable and highly effective and we thank them for this support.

I was particularly impressed that some very hard to reach boys were keen to write.


Pathways is a thoroughly well-planned approach to teaching writing. It also covers inference and deduction as well as harvesting effective...

Assistant head teacher, Rockferry Primary School, Wirral

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2019-11-11T12:29:59+00:00

Assistant head teacher, Rockferry Primary School, Wirral

Pathways is a thoroughly well-planned approach to teaching writing. It also covers inference and deduction as well as harvesting effective new vocabulary from quality texts that engage and enthuse all the children. I was particularly impressed that some very hard to reach boys were keen to write. I was initially sceptical that a picture book would provide the challenge and depth that we needed to achieve mastery. I needn’t have been!

Staff have a sharper focus on the relevant, necessary skills they need to master in each year group.


The units have been invaluable this year for our staff. They have improved outcomes for the children by helping staff...

Headteacher, Childer Thornton Primary School, Cheshire

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2019-11-11T12:30:55+00:00

Headteacher, Childer Thornton Primary School, Cheshire

The units have been invaluable this year for our staff. They have improved outcomes for the children by helping staff have a sharper focus on the relevant, necessary skills they need to master in each year group. An added benefit is the reduction in teacher workload!

We have seen a strong rise in both staff confidence and pupil engagement


The ‘Pathways to Write’ planning has provided us with a strong focus on the progression of skills within our writing....

English Subject Leader, Sankey Valley St. James’ Primary, Warrington

Pathways to Write
2019-11-11T12:31:34+00:00

English Subject Leader, Sankey Valley St. James’ Primary, Warrington

The ‘Pathways to Write’ planning has provided us with a strong focus on the progression of skills within our writing. We have seen a strong rise in both staff confidence and pupil engagement through exciting texts this year. We highly recommend using these units.

Current higher-attaining pupils in key stage 1 are making stronger progress than before in writing.


The work of leaders and teachers to put in place new approaches to the teaching of writing has been particularly...

Ofsted, Bradshaw Primary School Warrington, March 2019

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2019-11-11T12:32:34+00:00

Ofsted, Bradshaw Primary School Warrington, March 2019

The work of leaders and teachers to put in place new approaches to the teaching of writing has been particularly effective. Staff have welcomed these approaches and pupils are making stronger progress in writing in Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 as a result. Current higher-attaining pupils in key stage 1 are making stronger progress than before in writing. During the inspection, when writing about toys from the past, pupils in Year 2 used their knowledge of grammar to produce work of a high standard.
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Pathways to Write

Pathways to Write pricing

Pathways to Write Full Package

£ 1,575.00
Single Year Group £     250.00
EYFS Cycle B – special price for Pathways Schools £     150.00
KS1 only (EYFS,1,2) £     725.00
KS2 only

£     945.00

Mixed age planning available

We have developed the Pathways to Write package for schools with mixed age groups in KS1 or KS2. This uses all of our Pathways texts on a rolling 2 year programme for Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 as well as an option for Y4/5 if required. The units of work come with a detailed overview of objectives to support teachers in meeting expectations for mixed age classess.

Mixed Age Full Package EYFS, Cycle A and B £ 1,575.00
EYFS & Mixed Age Planning Cycle A or B £     945.00
Mixed Age Planning Cycle A or B £     725.00
NB. For schools who have purchased one Mixed age Cycle inc EYFS, the cost of the second cycle will be £630 so whole cost does not exceed £1575
Mixed Age One Year Group Cycle A or B £     250.00
Additional mixed age planning for existing Pathways to Write schools

£45.00 per year group per cycle

Additional Units

Catch-up Programme

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have devised a catch-up programme for pupils in Y1-Y6 with a focus on basic skills. Find out more here.

Themed units

Whole school set of themed units (EYFS - Y6) based on the topics of the environment or refugees. These units follow the Pathways to Write methodology and are a great introduction to the Pathways mastery approach.

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Pathways to Poetry

Linked to the themes from our Pathways to Write units, each one week unit give pupils the opportunity to explore and write poetry. Can be taught alongside the units or as stand alone units for non-Pathways to Write schools.

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For more information about Pathways to Write or to place an order please contact us via admin@theliteracycompany.co.uk or head to Online Training Courses – The Literacy Company to find a Pathways training event.