Maida Vale PS teachers to implement Seven Steps program after attending workshop


Maida Vale Primary teachers Susan Chappell (left), Wendy Meikle, Michael Munninger, Anna Simmons, Kerri Woods, Wendy Ball and Julie Buchanan, at Seven Steps to Writing Success workshop.
Maida Vale Primary teachers Susan Chappell (left), Wendy Meikle, Michael Munninger, Anna Simmons, Kerri Woods, Wendy Ball and Julie Buchanan, at Seven Steps to Writing Success workshop.

MAIDA Vale Primary School students are set to become better creative writers after the school’s teaching staff attended a Seven Steps to Writing Success workshop last month.

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

“Writing is hard and complex work so we have to make it simple for young people,” Mrs McVeity said.

“In schools a lot of academics have got hold of the curriculum and are telling people to write in formulaic ways but if you use author skills students are able to grab a reader’s attention from the beginning.

“That enables students to feel successful and to learn faster.”Maida Vale Primary School will implement the Seven Steps program in phases by the end of the year.

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