For the last 5 years this project has been systematically collecting and reporting evidence about the approaches and effects of teachers' writing groups - and interest in this approach to professional development is growing - as is the number of groups. Teachers repeatedly attest to the positive effects of collaborative creativity, research and reflection which they initiate and own themselves.
By gathering together to write themselves, teachers are developing a fuller understanding of the 'affordances' of writing, a more flexible sense of writing development (rather than fixed steps and products), and better ways of responding to the 'socially situated' writer. And, as teachers look outside pieces of writing and learn more about the shifting processes around them, the quality of their own writing and their pupils' writing improves.
Please join a group for free, and encourage others to do the same.
NWP outreach director