In order to teach writing effectively, teachers must be able to model writing effectively to children. The Primary National Curriculum sets challenging expectations for the teaching of writing. Children must master the process of composition, redrafting, editing and writing final pieces. Increased emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar may leave some teachers and trainee teachers lacking ideas for developing children's writing beyond transcription and into composition. It is important that they are able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, as well as the practical applications of both transcriptional and compositional aspects of writing.
Rob Smith's Literacy Shed website will promote the book. It could be on the homepage of www.literacyshed.com which had 8 million page views this academic year.
Rob has 22 thousand twitter followers and 78 thousand Facebook followers. This puts him as one of the most followed primary educators in the UK. He will promote the book at all of the events he speaks at as well as on the site.
Rob also has a new website which is subscription based, this has acquired just under 2000 members since its launch at the beginning of May. There are 200 school members as well subscribing from across the UK.
David Waugh is subject leader for Primary English at Durham University. A former deputy headteacher, David worked in ITT from 1990 at the University of Hull, where he led the PGCE course and became Head of Department. In 2008 he was appointed as National Strategies Regional Adviser for ITT. As well as his educational writing, David also writes children's stories, including Lottie's Run published in 2015.