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Developing writing

This planning tool, developed by Lakes College, aims to help learners complete longer writing tasks and to build a bridge between English and vocational subjects.

Background

Lakes College is a General Further Education College based in West Cumbria, offering a broad range of subjects from Level 1 to Foundation Degree. Their project was supported through the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment programme, funded by the Education and Training Foundation and managed by ccConsultancy.

The project initially focused on a group of Level 3 Public Services learners, and aimed to help them plan and draft a report. Most of these learners had achieved a GCSE in English, but lacked the report writing skills needed for their vocational course. The project was then expanded to include GCSE English and Functional Skills English learners.

About the planning tool

The planning tool was developed to enable learners to plan and structure their writing, and to be able to use their writing skills within a vocational context.

The tool consists of a mind-map split into sections based on the different criteria needed for the task, and a planning grid to help learners clarify a logical order in which to write their ideas.

To find out more about the planning tool and the project, click here

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