Recent feedback from primary schools from across Shropshire prompted us to perform a detailed review of the impact of our existing ‘Schools’ Week’ project. After much research and lengthy discussions with teachers and education leaders, we have re-designed the Schools’ Week project in order to deepen its impact and create a legacy for schools and pupils.
Schools Week 2019 has been designed to help teachers support children in the classroom with their creative writing skills. It is a 5-month project with 4 key components:
29 primary schools from across Shropshire have signed up to take part with a total of 1,575 pupils in both KS1 and KS2.
The conference for teachers at the University Centre Shrewsbury featured keynote talks from Julia Eccleshare MBE (writer, broadcaster, Children’s Books Editor at The Guardian and Co-director of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) and award-winning children’s author, Piers Torday plus workshops focusing on creative writing practice and pedagogy through a day of creative professional development. Click here to see the report from the day. All schools who signed up to Schools’ Week were entitled to send staff to this conference as part of the project package.
The workshops for pupils in schools will take place 11th – 15th March 2019 and will be led by established and successful children’s authors and experts in the field of creative writing pedagogy.
Pupils will be encouraged to enter a Shropshire-wide creative writing competition. Prizes will be awarded to pupils from each participating school at the end of April 2019. These winning stories will be ‘published’ as audio books on the Shrewsbury Bookfest website and will be available to you as a future teaching resource.
Every school in the Schools’ Week project will have a Creative Writing Competition winner. A selection of the winning stories will be ‘published’ as audio books on the Shrewsbury Bookfest website.