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1) Materials to Support Writing Skills


Graham, S., Harris, K. & Hebert, M. (2011) Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment. A Carnegie Corporation Time To Act report. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.

Graham, S. & Hebert, M. Writing to Read: Evidence for how writing can improve reading. A Carnegie Corporation Time To Act report. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.

Graham, S. & Perin, D. Writing Next: Effective Strategies to improve writing of adolescents in middle and high schools- A report to Carnegie Corporation of New York. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.

2) Writing Assessments


An Introduction

Curriculum-Based Measures of writing (CBM) are a popular way to assess the writing skills of children. Preliminary research has taken place in the US, but our research is the first to investigate their efficacy in the UK education system for assessing writing.

CBM is a type of formative assessment which can reliably measure children’s writing across age and ability and which can be used to monitor progress in-class over the course of the academic year. The measure consists of short writing composition prompts, which are quick to administer and score and suitable to be administered to a whole class/group of children. Our research in the UK has shown that they can provide accurate indications of a child’s writing ability and as they are sensitive to change over time, can be used for the monitoring of students’ progress.

We have developed a UK-valid resource (CBM-UK); informed by our collaborations with teachers in our partner workshops (see OUR RESEARCH).

  • Conference presentation on CBM-UK pdf

3) Links

National Handwriting Association - www.nha-handwriting.org.uk/

Reading & Child Development Research Group, Coventry University - wwwm.coventry.ac.uk/researchnet/reading/Pages/ReadingandChildDevelopment.aspx



Parent Partnership - http://www.bedfordshireparentpartnership.co.uk/
County Council - http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/


Educational Psychologists - http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/bcc/schools/support/educational_psychology.page


Communication and Interaction - http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=11014
County Council Website - http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6551


County Council website - http://www.hertsdirect.org/


Parent Partnership - http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wps/portal/publicsite/councilservices

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This project is funded by the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust