Maidwell Primary School is a rural village primary located in Northamptonshire, some 11 miles north of Northampton. We are a smaller than average school with 70 pupils on roll from Reception to Year Six.
The school has three mixed aged classes of Reception/Year 1/Year 2 children, Year 3/4 children and a Year 5/6 class.
Maidwell was judged outstanding in December 2009 and again in May 2014 with the teaching of writing being judged as being “particularly strong”.
We embraced Talk for Writing fully in 2012 and we are now in our seventh year of being immersed in the process. We are also a Storytelling School and this approach, together with that of Talk for Writing, enables our children to build vocabulary, sentence patterns and an understanding of how language works. The process of learning a text or story followed by innovation through shared writing has revolutionised our teaching and has transformed writing throughout the school.
A Pie Corbett Talk for Writing conference in Summer 2012 became a ‘lightbulb’ moment when the realisation dawned that we needed to develop a whole school approach which would cover all aspects of writing.
During the academic year 2012-13 we dedicated the majority of Inset Days and Staff Meetings to its development and involved all staff due to the importance of ensuring a consistency of approach as well as a shared understanding of the process.
We decided early on to have generic policies in places for aspects such as: