Improving writing for pupils with SEND

Find strategies to help your pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to improve their writing and boost their confidence.

Last reviewed on 24 November 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Consider your pupils' needs and strengths
  2. Make writing tasks purposeful and 'real'
  3. Help pupils turn their ideas into writing
  4. Use technology and resources to enhance learning
  5. Build pupils' confidence

This article is based on research by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) on special educational needs in mainstream schools (read the summary of strategies here), and guidance from our associate experts Sara Alston and Sally Cope.

Consider your pupils' needs and strengths

Focus on high-quality teaching in the first instance to improve writing for your pupils with SEND.

In terms of putting in place more specific strategies and interventions, break down which part of writing your pupils find difficult, and then put in support for that difficulty.

Remember to identify what pupils can do well too, not only their needs and where they struggle. Once you've identified pupils' strengths, you can use that to help make writing more accessible and enjoyable for them.

Make writing tasks purposeful and 'real'

This is important strategy to improve writing for all pupils - especially pupils with SEN, and more especially those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).