"It is amazing - the fruit of so much thought and hard work. But it is more than a book. It is a course." Professor Peter Mortimore, former Principal of The Institute of Education and current Guardian columnist The Art of Teaching Writing is an essential resource file that will support teachers in improving the quality of their children's written outcomes. Written by a hugely successful Primary Head and professional development trainer, this resource offers a pragmatic, proactive response to repeated concerns outlined by Ofsted regarding how to assist children to develop the proficiency and precision required to write high quality, extended texts. Furthermore, it shows, very clearly, how reluctant boys can achieve success as writers. The Art of Teaching Writing combines an accessible theoretical framework with a wide range of easy-to-use, high quality resource materials offering a wealth of practical support. These include over sixty `model' pieces of original writing that can be used by teachers, as well as twenty-five quality examples of writing created by children that can also be used as classroom models. It also contains: 14 units of learning Guidance on teaching fiction, poetry and visual literacy units Guidance on 16 different writing styles including narratives, newspaper reports, letter writing, diary entries, biographical and descriptive writing Recommended high quality texts to create units of learning around QCA writing and reading assessment focuses Key Stage 2 SATs writing tasks 2000 to 2011 Glossary of terminology The resource also features a CD-ROM for use with interactive white boards. The CD includes electronic versions of photocopiable resources, model writing exemplars, the children's writing and 'word mat' resources which can be used as they are, or customised by the teacher. The Art of Teaching Writing is essential reading for all KS2 teachers, literacy subject leaders, trainee teachers, and local authority officers responsible for school improvement. Those working in the newly designated teaching schools will also find this resource of interest.