School Improvement Liverpool (SIL) welcomed schools from around Liverpool to Liverpool Central Library as they attended a celebration event and were presented with their Liverpool Writing Quality Mark (LWQM) awards by Councillor Barbara Murray.
Launched in October last year to enthuse, inspire and celebrate writing across the city, the aims of the LWQM are to raise the profile of writing for pleasure and purpose and embed the philosophy of writing as an art.
As part of this pilot project, SIL has been privileged to work with 20 schools, fifteen primary schools, two secondary schools and three special schools across the city.
Sue Killen, primary learning strategy manager at SIL, said: “In order to achieve the prestigious award, schools had to assess their practice in writing against a robust set of criteria. Schools were then assessed by officers from SIL and awarded the Quality Mark at Bronze, Silver or Gold level.
“We are looking forward to working with a second group of schools next academic year as this two-year pilot continues”.
Elise Cosgrove, head of English at West Derby School, said: “We have seen a huge difference in our pupils engagement with writing. The Quality Mark Pilot helped us to focus our attention on the wonder of writing for pleasure and really engage our young writers to be passionate about writing for both pleasure and purpose.
“We have built strong foundations for writing both in English and across the school and we are excited to see our journey continue!”