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The importance of live marking

Ask any teacher to tell you one of the things that consumes most of their time and I’m willing to bet that marking will be in the top 3 of replies. There’s no hiding from it, marking is one of the biggest necessary evils in a teacher’s workload. It consumes a huge...

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The power of the working wall

The working wall is a crucial element in the teaching of writing as it acts as a customised model for the children’s independent work and is an indispensable tool in the scaffolding of their learning. It promotes independence for all children, including those who find...

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The power of the wagoll

What is the most powerful teaching tool when it comes to writing? My answer would have to be – the WAGOLL (what a good one looks like)! Why you might ask? Firstly, it allows you, as the teacher, to have a very clear idea of what you want the children to produce by the...

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Planning writing – Where do I start???

This is a question that so many of us face at some point in our career. I remember as a younger teacher; staring at curriculum objectives alongside the class text, not knowing where on Earth to start my English planning! In recent discussions with several teachers who...

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