Power of Pictures project evaluation finds that drawing improves writing

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Drawing dramatically improves writing, particularly for children with English as an additional language (EAL) and boys who are reluctant writers according to the evaluation report of the Arts Council funded Power of Pictures project  .

Teachers taking part in The Power of Pictures project, run and devised by CLPE, have reported that the use of drawing and picture books in the classroom has led to improvements in children’s reading and writing.  Crucially, this improvement has been particularly significant in EAL children and boys who are reluctant writers. Through the use of drawing to slow down the writing process and allow time for discussion, children are given the time to both generate imaginative ideas and to develop the vocabulary to express them. 

Other key findings from the evaluation have demonstrated that putting pictures at the heart of literacy teaching has improved:

  • Teachers’ own understanding of the writing process through exposure to writers and illustrators
  • An understanding of the richness of picture books and the benefits of reading them with older children
  • Author and illustrator understanding of the potential of using their books in detail in the classroom.

Press release available here

Read the full evaluation Power of Pictures report or its key findings here