Writing, a skill which is in the national spotlight, is key for future success (UNESCO, 2019). At Aviation High School, writing is explicitly taught to all students, every day through the Write That Essay program. This prepares Aviation High students for both ATAR external examinations and gives them the foundational skills required for communication, learning, and full participation in society (Wyatt-Smith & Jackson, 2020).
Across 2018 and 2019, Aviation High School students demonstrated greater gains in NAPLAN writing results than the nation. The English level of achievement between 2019 and 2020 showed an 18% increase in an A standard and a 23% reduction in C and D results. In one academic year there was a two point growth in Write That Essay diagnostic testing, as well as a 56% improvement in student's written logic skills. Teachers at Aviation High School are prioritising the teaching of writing across all year levels to prepare students for University and beyond. Students are communicating their thinking with greater clarity and purpose. Focussed and quality feedback, easily achieved through a common language, is contributing to student improvement.
How is writing explicitly taught at Aviation High School? Confidently, students are taught to master writing individually and as a class by developing a writing toolkit that can be called on when needed. They learn to cast sentences in 12 different ways and they learn 8 different paragraph types; all to support communication and higher order thinking. Taught in a language that makes sense to both students and teachers, writing is taught free from grammatical jargon, where all types of learners at Aviation High develop their writing skills. Quality writers are our priority.