Work­shop de­liv­ers steps to bet­ter writ­ing

Midland Reporter - - News -

MAIDA Vale Pri­mary School stu­dents are set to be­come bet­ter cre­ative writ­ers af­ter teach­ers at­tended a Seven Steps to Writ­ing Suc­cess work­shop last month.

De­signed by au­thor and for­mer teacher Jen McVe­ity, the pro­gram has been shown to raise na­tional test scores (NAPLAN) by 10 to 30 per cent in less than a term.

“In schools, a lot of aca­demics have got hold of the cur­ricu­lum and are telling peo­ple to write in for­mu­laic ways,” Mrs McVe­ity said.

“But if you use au­thor skills, stu­dents are able to grab a reader’s at­ten­tion from the be­gin- ning.”

Maida Vale teach­ers Su­san Chap­pell, Wendy Meikle, Michael Mun­ninger, Anna Sim­mons, Kerri Woods, Wendy Ball and Julie Buchanan.

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