Improving writing through Grammar for Writing

The Grammar for Writing pedagogy provides an evidence-based method of improving student writing and reading. That's why we've incorporated it into the support we offer for our GCSE (9-1) English 2015 specifications.

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Working alongside the University of Exeter, we've incorporated this pedagogy into the support that we'll be offering for centres delivering our GCSE (9-1) English specifications.

See below for more information and to try a free sample lesson.

The Grammar for Writing pedagogy

The Grammar for Writing pedagogy provides an evidence-based way of improving progress in writing and reading through contextualised grammar teaching.

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Improving reading and writing skills at KS4: The Grammar for Writing pedagogy

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A free taster lesson is available so you can try Grammar for Writing in your classroom. 

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Pearson Edexcel centres can also download a free GFW unit of work. 

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Evidence-based research

In 2012, Professor Debra Myhill and her team at the University of Exeter published the findings of a three-year study into the impact of contextualised grammar teaching on writing. In the study, KS3 students exposed to the Grammar for Writing pedagogy made almost double the rate of progress in writing.

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A positive impact

More recently, Professor Myhill and her team carried out a new study at KS4 to see if it had the same significant effect. Again, the intervention had a statistically significant positive impact on students’ reading and writing, specifically with language analysis, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling.

Read the report:

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We have published paid-for teaching and learning resources* matched to the new 2015 Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Language and GCSE (9-1) English Literature specifications. Based on both the Grammar for Writing and the Let’s Think in English pedagogies, these resources help you improve learner outcomes for all of your students. Find out more.

*Please note that Pearson published resources are not a prerequisite for the Pearson Edexcel qualifications, and resources from other publishers are available.