OnDemand: Writing Skills for Reluctant Writers - Secondary

Writing today is not a frill for the few, but an essential skill for us all. This course will help you motivate your students to begin to write and organise their thoughts. This presentation provides solutions for students who can “talk” a subject effectively but who struggle to get their ideas down on paper at the same level of competence.


Written language is considered by many to be the most challenging skill to teach and to learn. However, there are many oral and written activities that teachers can use concurrently with teaching of reading and spelling which will encourage the student to begin writing.

Course Description

This interactive webinar focusses on strategies to support reluctant writers to get their ideas down on paper in a range of subject settings and genres, including report/recount, discussion/ persuasion and fiction.  The strategies will reduce cognitive overload and provide practical solutions to address the three key reasons why writing can be so difficult for some learners.  Group based multi-sensory activities, ideal for whole class and small group settings, will be modelled, together with innovative ways to make use of frameworks and scaffolds.  With an additional spin on “disciplinary literacy” this workshop can make a valuable twilight for subject/faculty teams.

  • Employ motivational strategies to encourage your learner to begin to write
  • Learn to reduce the cognitive overload
  • Employ practical skills
  • Encourage your learners to plan their written work effectively

Delegates who attend this webinar will be offered a 15% discount on two of Neil MacKay's books: 'Total Teaching' and 'Taking the Hell out of Homework' for the writing courses 

Course Outcome

Learn to use practical multisensory approaches to teaching writing skills for reluctant writers


No pre-requisites


Open to all, no restrictions

Target Audience

This course is designed for, and primarily aimed at, teachers. However, parents who are supporting their children at home are welcome to attend.


This course is on demand and is a recording of a live event.

Delegates will have direct access to the event in the ‘My Online Events’ section of their account for two weeks from the payment date, and can watch as any times as they like during that period. Please allow a few minutes for it to appear, or refresh the page if necessary.

Course Materials

Delegates will be able to download handouts and print off to have with them while watching the recordings.

What our Delegates Say . . .

'So many useful ideas and methods to use. Good to reinforce the need to reduce information overload, i.e cutting down PEEL options. Thank you.'

'Fantastic presentation. Neil is a genius.'

'Basic ideas with interesting approaches with many examples. I enjoy this session very much'

Terms & Conditions

Please note, this training must be paid in full before access is given to the webinar. By submitting a booking, you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days. You are also agreeing to accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page 

Delegates will be responsible for ensuring that they have suitable Wi-Fi, hardware and software to enable them to view the webinar.


Sheila Rostill, Webinar Administrator

E: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org

T:   07956 644 786

When & Where

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Cancellation/Transfer Policy 

Please ignore the date that comes up when you book your ticket. This refers to when the course was set up and does not affect your access to the course. 


This course is worth 1.5 hours CPD