Author: Sue Horner
Institution: Arts Council England
Full reference: Horner, S. (2010) Magic dust that lasts: Writers in schools – sustaining the momentum, London: Arts Council England
This report, commissioned by Arts Council England, offers a review of published and informal evaluations and research projects about writers in schools. It finds that writers visiting schools can make a significant difference to children and young people’s attitudes to and enjoyment of writing, offering new perspectives on writing and what it can do. The report identifies a number of different models for writers working in schools and analyses which methods are effective, alongside the challenges faced. It discusses writer–teacher relationships, training and development of teachers and writers and questions about changing pedagogy and embedding practice.
The report makes a number of recommendations for educators, writers, literature agencies and policy makers to strengthen this important contribution to children and young people’s learning and creativity.
Literature Review and critical analysis.