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'll be offering for our GCSE (9-1) English language 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.

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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.

Grammar for Writing

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Taster lesson

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

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Download a free GFW full unit of work (available to Edexcel centres only)

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Download 5 lessons’ worth of free content below to trial and use in the classroom. These materials are also available for free via our ActiveTeach platform with full interactive functionality, exclusively for centres who have registered interest in GCSE English.

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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See our paid-for published resources which are endorsed and currently available to use with the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Language specification.

Please note that buying endorsed resources is not a prerequisite for delivering the specification.

Discover how to make full use of the powerful Grammar for Writing pedagogy and accelerate your students’ progress in reading and writing. Find out more