What it involves

Who will be involved?

This project focuses upon year 5 teachers and children, and the aim of the project is to strengthen the enjoyment of writing so that children are motivated to write and improve their outcomes in writing.  We’re hoping to work with 96 schools during 2018-19. 

Random allocation

If your school chooses to join the project (and we hope you will!), you could be in either the intervention group or a comparison group.  This is because this project is a randomised control trial which emphasises the importance of random selection.  If you are in the intervention group, you participate in the residentials and professional development; if you are in the comparison schools you continue teaching as you usually would.  Sometimes people are disappointed if they find themselves in the comparison group.  Please don’t worry: first of all you will receive funding which allows you to attend one of the Arvon ‘Teacher as Writer’ residential after the project is complete, and we will also share with you all our findings. 

The Intervention

If you are in the intervention group you will participate in two 3 day residentials at Arvon’s beautiful Centre at Lumb Bank in Yorkshire.  At this residential, you will create a community of writers with other teachers and the professional writers leading the course.  They will run writing workshops with you, and give you one-to-one tutorials; and you will also have plenty of time and space just to write and reflect.   Accompanying the residentials will be three professional development days, where we will explore together how to use what you have learned about the craft of writing in your own classrooms.  In particular, we will look at how to motivate children to want to write and help them develop their ideas; and we will look at how to be critical when revise and edit our writing.

What commitment would this project require?

If you are an ‘intervention’ school, you would need to commit to allowing the Year 5 project teacher to:

  • provide student profile and attainment data and UPNs;
  • attend the two Arvon residentials in June 2018 and Jan 2019;
  • attend three professional development days between June 2018 and May 2019;
  • allow the research team access to collect data (for example through observations and interviews);
  • allow the evaluation team to visit your school to administer a writing assessment at the end of the project;
  • complete a survey for each child in the project class at the beginning and end of the study.

If you are a ‘comparison’ school, you would need to commit to allowing the project teacher to:

  • provide student profile and attainment data and UPNs;
  • allow the evaluation team to visit your school to administer a writing assessment at the end of the project;
  • complete a survey for each child in the project class at the beginning and end of the study. 

Finances

  • Schools in the intervention group will be asked to pay £500 to participate as a partial contribution to the costs of the residentials and 3 CPD days, but will also receive a minimum of £500 towards the supply cover costs;
  • Schools in the comparison group will receive a £500 payment, which can be used towards the cost of attending an Arvon residential after the project is complete.
  • Schools in the intervention group will be able to claim up to £50 travel costs per residential.

 

If you would like to know more, or if you have any questions, please contact:  Debra Myhill (d.a.myhill@ex.ac.uk) or Teresa Cremin (Teresa.Cremin@ou.ac.uk)