Manchester, England -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/25/2015 -- The National Curriculum may be holding back children's creative writing skills, according to a recent report. Assessment criteria for English exams tend to favour flowery and complex language which can steer children's writing in a direction which helps them to pass exams but may not be constructive for their future. Now, a group of acclaimed children's authors are putting the finishing touches to an open letter to the Education Secretary imploring her to remedy the situation.
The call for a change to the way that creative writing is taught in schools extends past primary and secondary and into university too. Learning to pass exams is one thing but many people want to write for pleasure or to earn a living. There are many creative writing courses to choose from that will help people to do this.
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As regular commentators on the writing profession, they were keen to add to the debate. Susie Busby, Principal of the College said, 'Whilst it's important for children to learn a wide vocabulary it's also important that they learn to use it effectively to communicate what they are trying to say. This applies to every type of writing they will be asked to do, from creative writing to biology essays. So, it becomes a careful balancing act between clarity and clever words.
'Writing is about communication. If the reader has to fight with the language to understand the message then, in our view, the writer has failed. If children learn to write in a way that adds points in an exam rather than expressing ideas clearly then, it stands to reason that, their written communication in later life will be verbose and difficult to read. This will not help anybody who wants to go on to write for a living or for personal satisfaction and enjoyment.
'Our aim is to help students develop a clear writing style, in their own voice, whilst giving them the skills and market know-how to write for publication. The success of our students over many years is proof that we're doing something right.'
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