An English Mastery programme

Writing Mastery

Writing Mastery

Teaching writing at Key Stage 3 can be challenging.

We know that many English departments nationally have fantastic literature curriculums at Key Stage 3, but how does their language teaching look?

Teachers we work with have told us that student comprehension of vocabulary and grammar is a concern, and some Heads of Department report that their teams are not as confident in teaching language constructs compared to literature.

This has massive implications for the development of these skills in students and will have repercussions on closing the word gap. A poor mastery of the fundamentals of language can often inhibit young people’s ability to say exactly what they mean and express how they feel. We want students to be able to articulate complex ideas with clarity, accuracy and creativity.

We're therefore delighted to announce the release of the Writing Mastery strand of our full English Mastery programme as a standalone offer.

Our Writing Mastery programme provides English departments with a fully-resourced language curriculum that is designed to:

  • improve accuracy of writing through discrete grammar teaching
  • provide opportunities for extended and creative writing

The programme supports both experienced English teachers and non-specialists to confidently deliver their language lessons and improve student outcomes. 

Underpinned by extensive research around principles of instruction, deliberate practice and student motivation, the programme offers a comprehensive set of professional development resources to develop teachers’ understanding of syntax and grammar, helping them to attain a deep understanding of student comprehension.

The accompanying suite of curriculum resources allows students to focus on how language functions, and how to apply it in creative and imaginative ways.

As with all our programmes, Writing Mastery includes everything that your team will need, including:

  • a well-sequenced and interlinked KS3 writing curriculum – ensuring students develop key skills
  • integrated training and professional development – helping the department to develop confidence in their writing mastery teaching
  • a full suite of classroom planning and delivery resources – available on MyMastery in bite-sized units, for easy implementation.

If you want to talk through the programme in more detail and receive a quote, email our friendly partnerships team partnerships@arkcurriculumplus.org.uk or click below to book a call at a time that suits you.

Laura Carr, Head of English | The Westleigh School

Writing Mastery has addressed a huge CPD need where by the team are able to learn grammar rules and concepts with students and not be over-faced by the grammatical jargon students often come equipped with from KS2.

Our approach

The Writing Mastery programme has been informed, delivered and refined by expert English teachers from across the country. Their experience has contributed to the development of the programme as a practical, powerful driver of pupil attainment.

Our lessons are based on deliberate, discrete grammar teaching and repeated practice. Students keep returning to the same rules in familiar and unfamiliar contexts again and again across the course. This is what true mastery looks like – practice becomes habit and habit becomes long-term learning.

Download the Writing Mastery Programme Brochure to find out more about the programme and how it can support teaching and learning in your school - or download a sample pack of resources below.

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Get a peek at what's inside the Writing Mastery programme with these sample materials, including lesson slides and a matrix which outlines the key grammatical items that are covered in the unit.
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