With the UK still worryingly low in the OECD league tables, the news that blogging has helped one primary school raise attainment in writing made it big over the weekend.
The school has seen the percentage of pupils getting a higher than average score in writing tests rocket from 9 per cent to 63 per cent following the introduction of blogging. Even more compelling is the fact that the biggest impact has been on boys, with many producing 5,000 word stories on impulse. Pupils are now enthusiastic about writing, blogging in their own time about what they have been taught in class, which has encouraged school leaders to formally place blogging into the school’s curriculum.
The news adds fuel to the claim that technology can help to engage pupils in a way that textbook learning often fails to. With the Government keen to ensure that reading and writing standards are raised, this news could herald the start of new teaching methodology to answer this age-old problem.