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Talk for Writing

Talk for Writing was developed by Pie Corbett and is powerful because it is based on the principles of how people learn.

The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.

The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

Talk for Writing underpins our English work by establishing a core reading spine of quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction that all children experience and draw upon.