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Planning Your Work

The importance of planning has always been recognized in the success of writers' work in schools.

Our special edition of Writing in Education (No. 46) featured a number of articles related to planning, including that by Penny Dolan (focusing on the basic dos and don'ts of all aspects of a visit), and managers of several writer-in-schools-schemes describing their particular approaches. The chapter 'Thinking it through' in Our thoughts are bees is also a useful summary of the main considerations.

As a result of our recent research programme, we are however aiming to provide some new guidelines about planning, based on what we have learned about what works well - and why. We suspect that too much so-called planning is somewhat half-hearted, and that long-term impact from writers' visits will only be achieved if the way in which writers and teachers plan projects together is taken to a new level.

Watch this space.

The NAWE Magazine always features writers in schools.
No. 46 was a special edition focusing excusively on this work.