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Writers in Schools Research Programme
Fri 31 Mar 2006
NAWE Director Paul Munden is delighted to announce that the Paul Hamlyn Foundation will be funding a major new programme of work through which NAWE will place writers in schools around the country and research the benefits to pupils' progress.
The project sets out to explore and monitor the effectiveness of writers working in schools in a variety of ways, over a 3-year period. It has become increasingly clear that, despite the wealth of informal feedback regarding the success of writers' residencies in schools, potential funders are reluctant to commit support without hard evidence in the form of statistics charting pupils' development as writers and readers. The project is part of an ongoing programme of work delivered by the Writing Together partnership.

In total, there will be eighty-one residencies, using a wide variety of writers selected from NAWE's artscape directory. The writers will represent both a variety of genres and cultural backgrounds.

Paul Munden writes: "This is an exceptional opportunity for many writers and schools, and will pave the way for an even greater expansion of such work. We are aiming to make a significant contribution to creativity within the classroom and the whole school culture. This is not about writers being harnessed to the curriculum, it's all to do with enriching pupils' experience and proving what anecdotal evidence has told us for some time - that all sorts of standards will be raised as a result."

NAWE is now recruiting a Project Manager. For full details, please click here.

We are also keen to hear straight away from any schools interested in being involved.

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National Association of Writers in Education
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Paul Munden
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