Whatever level of the education system you are in right now—teacher, student, parent, principal—you will know one thing absolutely clearly: we have a writing problem.
Academic Writing Gap
I noticed it first as a university professor, others too—even major overseas research projects—have highlighted what we now call the ‘academic writing gap.’ Many students don’t have the necessary writing skills to survive in modern education, let alone in the life careers they should enjoy.
In New Zealand, we have watched the waterfall of our PISA results, one of the few objective measures of international educational standing. Every February, there is a national outcry when schools and teachers receive examination results that aren’t what was hoped for.
Parents watch their kids floundering under growing mounds of assessment. Students are desperate for help.
Enough is enough. It’s time to give our teachers and our students tools and techniques that work. Writing is not a mysterious art that only a few can master. Every kid can be a better writer. Writing well is about being taught skills and techniques—the rules of composition—in a way you get it and can apply it immediately.
That is what Write that Essay is all about: transforming writing outcomes for our teachers and our students now. From writing workshops to writing courses, to our award-winning online writing software to ground-breaking diagnostic tools to give schools insight into what is really going on among their students: getting your students (and your teachers) writing better is what drives us.
Schools who are part of the Write that Essay community have seen pass rates increase 10-20 per cent—endorsements as much as 50 per cent. That is not just a number on a page: that was a student whose possibilities just altered.
About: Dr Ian Hunter, former university professor, and founder of Write that Essay academic writing programme. Passionate about transforming writing outcomes for teachers and students, Ian and his team now work with schools and teachers internationally.
|Teacher||Dr Ian Hunter, Founder: Write That Essay|
|Objective||Transform writing abilities in schools today|
|Key Impact||Lives of teachers and students|
|Head Office||(09) 636 8070|
|Mobile Phone||021 849 434|