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Bridget Philpott

Boosting reluctant writers’ progress and engagement – a Clicker success story

28th February 2024

We have a fantastic new success story to share with you from the Pupil and School Support service at Birmingham City Council and Montgomery Primary School.

They worked together on a project to evaluate the impact Clicker had on pupils’ progress against the Birmingham SEN Toolkit Writing Bands

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“A small group of pupils were identified that would benefit most from the project. They were a group of boys who were reluctant writers and their toolkit data showed that they needed additional targeted support to progress their writing. They needed support to compose simple sentences to express their ideas and in addition, further support with their spelling skills. They were finding challenge in combining all the skills needed to translate their ideas onto paper and as a result of this were becoming reluctant writers.”

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The project found that using Clicker boosted the children’s writing progress, engagement, and attitude:

“The children went from not writing, or hardly writing at all, to producing full pieces of work! The children loved it and based on the toolkit data they all made good progress, particularly in relation to their previous rates of progress. Typically, you would aim for two to three bands of progress a year, but some of the group had already achieved that in the second term of using Clicker! Seeing such good results so quickly with Clicker was very positive.

The project was a real win for the children involved because they had previously disengaged with writing, and now we could see that their whole attitude to writing had improved and changed with the use of Clicker. They began to see themselves as writers.

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