The writing approaches and strategies that worked

In the following pages we share the narratives of six schools. Some share developments to improve writing achievement for children in all year levels. Other schools made improvements in specific year levels.

01 Transforming teaching to introduce skills for current and future writing success

NORTHCROSS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

AUCKLAND

  • professional development and support for teachers
  • trialing and early implementation
  • the programme in action
  • focusing on outcomes and improvements
  • working with another school to support students

02 Using targeted approaches to improve teaching

PAPAKURA CENTRAL SCHOOL

AUCKLAND

  • planning for writing professional development
  • teachers’ self reflection and professional discussion
  • extending writing opportunities
  • students understanding their learning
  • a focus on oral language

03 Using a structured process to teach non-fiction writing

EAST TAIERI SCHOOL

DUNEDIN

  • Year 1 writers
  • writing in Years 3 and 4
  • Years 5 and 6 writers
  • benefits of the process

04 Making sure all teachers have the knowledge to enable literacy success for every child

HOKOWHITU SCHOOL

PALMERSTON NORTH

  • reducing the need for withdrawal from class for literacy interventions
  • making deliberate connections between reading and writing in Years 1 and 2
  • working with parents
  • success for children whose English is their second or other language
  • the writing approaches that already worked in Years 4 to 6
  • the new approach to support children not achieving well in writing

05 Focusing everyone on agreed writing goals

ORATIA SCHOOL

AUCKLAND

  • trustees’ response to achievement challenges
  • working with parents
  • children’s understanding of goals and targets

06 Understanding writing progressions across the school

FAIRFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL

HAMILTON

  • professional development
  • writing progressions
  • other instructional writing strategies