The Write Stuff – Transforming the Teaching of Writing

4.86 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

This is a must have book for every school teacher, who will ask themselves “How on earth did I teach kids to write before I read this book?” Rob Smith – Literacy Shed

The Write Stuff brings clarity to the mechanics of the teaching of writing. Thousands of teachers across the world use the systems within this book to raise standards within their classrooms because the systems within the book are clear, easy to follow and they make sense to teachers and children alike.




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Hooked on Books


  • Inject passion into your primary school’s reading culture. 
  • Bursting with hints, tips and winning ideas from successful schools.
  • Big and small strategies for instant impact.
  • A must-have handbook for every teacher.
  • Practical. Accessible. Transformational. 
  • Everything a teacher needs – knowledge, structures and clear ways forward. 

CHILDHOOD reading ability is vital. As the single most important indicator of future prosperity/life outcomes, primary schools must act now and they must get it right.

The Hooked on Books, by education consultant Jane Considine, is this year’s essential guide to transforming your school’s reading culture and environment.

Impassioned pupils – zealously consuming and talking about books – will naturally achieve great results across the curriculum. The Hooked on Books shows you how!

Why do some schools succeed where others fail?
Tried and tested in hundreds of UK classrooms, Jane’s highly effective Book Talk approach, based around a child-friendlyReading Rainbow,is revolutionising results.

Hooked on Books not only convinces you of its merits, but also unveils Jane’s jamboree bag of great reading environment/display ideas from schools up and down the country. It’s jam-packed with practical, ‘do-able’ strategies that can be instantly adopted.

As a popular and experienced consultant, Jane’s work is evidence-informed and driven. Through the pages of Hooked on Books, she really conveys how clear structures and high expectations can benefit pupils and drive up results. It’s an accessible read for teachers who want to make a difference where it matters – to young readers in the classroom.

Don’t just take our word for it…

“Over the past two years, our school has fully embedded ‘Book Talk’ into daily practice from Reception to Year 6. As a result, progress scores were in the top 11% for reading in 2016. Our work with Jane Considine has been fundamental in our school’s progress and our children’s outcomes, helping the school’s Ofsted rating go from Inadequate to GOOD in 3 years. Thank you!”
Mark Richards, Headteacher, St. John’s C of E Primary School, Dorking

“Book Talk is the jewel in the crown of our whole-school reading strategy. It supports and challenges the children’s understanding and comprehension of texts, enabling them to become inspired, confident and enthusiastic readers.”
Darren Smith, Headteacher, Headlands Primary School, Northampton

“It’s wonderful to see our pupils ‘hooked on books’ and confidently using the Reading Rainbow to master the more challenging aspects of reading comprehension. Literacy skills have improved exponentially as a result of this vibrant reading culture.”
Lynn Newbery, Curriculum Lead (Literacy) & Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)*
* SLEs are outstanding school leaders, working nationwide to develop teachers’ leadership capacities.

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7 reviews for The Write Stuff – Transforming the Teaching of Writing

  1. Elaine Finlayson
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Wow full of inspiration. Easy to read. Lots of photos and illustrations. Superb ideas to evaluate your own teaching before moving forward with new ideas. Can’t wait to use it with my new class. Won’t be wasting time trying to think of what to do, it’s all in this book!!!

  2. Beth Bennett
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The Write Stuff is an excellent resource. We have struggled with writing progress for many years and this provides the structure, ideas and resources needed for a whole school approach that encourages vocabulary development alongside writing development and demanding independence from the children, building on the scaffolding sessions.
    It is easy to read and use. It will be on my table to refer to daily.

  3. Kim Arnell
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    So good to be excited as a teacher about delivering writing in a way that the children will love and a way that produces such great results for all abilities.

    • Ian

      (verified owner):

      Thanks for the lovely comment Kim, and so happy that you are excited about teaching writing! We’d love to see some examples of the work that the children produce.

  4. Kirsty Stewart
    5 out of 5


    Fantastic book, full of useful and inspiring ideas to get children and teachers excited about writing, something we need in our tiny rural school.

  5. Laura Davies
    4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    A great book – sensible approach to breaking up writing to guide children through different gene in a clear and logical way
    Presented very clearly and planning templates very useful. A great buy for any primary school teacher.

  6. Lucy Gordon
    5 out of 5


    An absolute must have for all teachers. Use it as a step by step guide or just dip into it to begin with small changes to your approach to teaching writing. The ‘sentence stacking’ approach has revolutionised the way that I engage hard to reach pupils in shared writing. My children are all so much more involved and engaged in the process. Even the smallest changes can make a big difference.

  7. Lynn
    5 out of 5


    This is an essential tool for all Teachers, old and new alike. It gives inspirational ways of delivering an English curriculum at a high level for children to aspire to become amazing writers. It’s clearly displayed and easy to read – really liked the fact it was not full of jargon so easy to understand. If you are not sure whether to buy this book, I can assure you it’s worth it. It’s packed full of brilliant ways in which to teach children English. This is one of the best books I’ve read for English in a long while. The Write Stuff approach is amazing and the children enjoy the learning and are able to retain what they have been taught and apply it in their writing across the curriculum. If you are unsure, take the plunge, you will not regret it. Good luck with your journey to using The Write Stuff approach to English.

    • Ian

      (verified owner):

      Thank you so much for this review Lynn. We are so happy that you are getting so much out of Jane’s approaches.

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