Secondary schools

Thinking Writing’s work with schools emerges from an interest in the experience and knowledge that students bring with them from school into university, and a desire to support QMUL's widening participation programme by equipping students to write better academically in preparation for A-level and university. Our activities have taken a number of forms – at QMUL or on school campuses, with students and with teachers, using writing mentors, courses, tutorial sessions, professional development events and so on. Click through below for more detail on some of what we've done:

  • Working Groups with sixth form teachers
  • Focus on Writing course - a course held both at QMUL and at a number of secondary schools in East London, supported by student writing mentors
  • 'Thinkingwriting space' - creating time and space for doing writing on a particular project, using our writing retreat model
  • STEM Wishees website, with contributions from teachers of STEM subjects at A-level and GCSE. The website gives authentic examples of students' work plus a short video commentary by the teacher who describes what works well in the writing and how it could be improved. In some cases the teachers have produced additional learning materials.

Our current work with schools is agreed in consultation with Queen Mary's Widening Participation and Access office.