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The teaching of grammar and writing in primary schools

23 November 2021, 10:30 am–3:00 pm

Child writing in classroom

A ground-breaking conference reporting research findings about the impact of grammar teaching on seven-year-old pupils' writing.

This event is free.

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Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (HHCP)


Woburn House
20 - 24 Tavistock Square
United Kingdom

Join world-leading researchers presenting their findings in one of the first most robust studies in this topic.

The approach to teaching grammar in the project is called Englicious, which to date has been accessed by more than 10,000 teachers. The research used a randomised control trial (RCT) and qualitative process evaluation to assess its impact, with 69 primary schools across London, Surrey, Kent and Essex taking part in the research.

The project was led by the UCL Institute of Education in collaboration with UCL English and colleagues from Brunel University London and the University of York.

This conference is a physical in-person event and will be of particular interest to primary teachers, literacy leads, headteachers, researchers, academics and policymakers. 

It will be particularly useful for those interested in primary education, the teaching of grammar for writing, the teaching of grammar, literacy, linguistics, english education, school leadership, education research and education policy.


This project has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation, but the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation.

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About the Speakers

Professor Dominic Wyse

Professor in Early Childhood and Primary Education at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Professor Wyse is President of the British Educational Research Association and the Founding Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years).

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Professor Bas Aarts

Professor of English Linguistics at UCL Arts and Humanities

Professor Aarts is Director of the Survey of English Usage, and Vice Dean (Enterprise).

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Dr Jake Anders

Associate Professor of Quantitative Social Science at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Dr Anders is Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO).

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Dr Sue Sing

Research Fellow at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

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