Power of Pictures project set to reach more children

Power of Pictures

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) has been awarded funding from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) as part of the Learning about Culture programme .This funding enables CLPE to build on  the success of an earlier and smaller trial of the Power of Pictures, bringing the project to a further 1,800 nine and ten year olds.

Teachers and their pupils will work with author-illustrators to learn how to use picturebooks to boost reading and writing skills. Over three days of training, they will develop specific techniques to use illustration to support children’s reading comprehension and creative writing. 

The original Power of Pictures project ran over three years with ten author/illustrators and involved 200 teachers. It was evaluated by Dr Sue Horner and Janet White and its key findings showed that:

  • Drawing in preparation for or during creative writing leads to improvement in writing, particularly for EAL children and boys who are reluctant writers;
  • Picturebooks shouldn’t be limited to the early years of schooling but have the potential to be used throughout the primary school;
  • Working alongside authors and illustrators helps teachers to understand the writing process and improves the teaching of writing.

One of the Power of Pictures' big supporters is former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell who said: “The Power of Pictures has shown how important drawing is for creating a story and how drawing can particularly benefit those children who struggle to find their voice.  I am thrilled that thousands of children will now have the chance to explore the links between drawing and writing.”

View the original project research summary and evaluation report