Education Endowment Foundation:Grammar for Writing

Grammar for Writing

University of Exeter
Implementation cost
Evidence strength
Impact (months)
+3
months
Independent Evaluator
Durham University
The York Trials Unit
Improving writing by developing pupils’ understanding of grammatical choices
Pupils 2510 Schools 53 Grant £339,000
Key Stage 1 Duration 1 year(s) 6 month(s) 30 day(s) Type of Trial Effectiveness Trial
Completed Dec 2014

Grammar for Writing is a literacy intervention that aims to improve writing skills of Year 6 pupils by providing contextualised grammar teaching. It encourages pupils to improve how their writing communicates with the reader by making connections between a linguistic feature and the effect it has on writing, rather than by focusing on grammatical inaccuracies. It can be delivered as both a universal and targeted intervention.

In this evaluation, the programme was trialled as both a whole class and small group approach, with pupils expected to achieve between Level 3 and 4b at Key Stage 2. The intervention involved 15 guided writing sessions, delivered over four weeks, in June/​July 2013, and involved 53 primary schools from four geographical regions across England. Teachers in intervention classes received three days of training in the Grammar for Writing approach.

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Delivered byTeachers
Participant groupParents
Intervention length4 Weeks
Intervention length3