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Writing is on the fall for senior school students

It’s called the “middle years slump” and it’s punctuated by sloppy writing.

New research reveals an increasing number of Australian children are struggling with basic writing skills, with nearly one in every five year 9 students performing below the national benchmark.

Academics from the Australian Catholic University’s Learning Sciences Institute Australia said the writing skills of young Australians were a serious concern.

They have warned that worksheets are replacing writing instruction in schools, limiting students’ job opportunities.

Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith said there was an assumption students knew how to write when they reached high school.

As well as getting a pen licence, the basics of writing include grasping grammar, punctuation, spelling, genre and expression.

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