Writing expression is a crucial part of communication. Regardless of the form or situation it takes; from simple text messaging to more formal or academic writing, writing allows us to communicate our ideas, our knowledge and understanding of the world around us and also to communicate our needs to others.
All forms of writing is relevant to different situations, and to be a proficient writer, a student needs to be able to make decisions to ensure that their text contains all the necessary features to suit whatever context they are working within. To move within different situations from less formal texts to more formal academic texts.
Importantly when we need to demonstrate to others what we know about a topic or field of knowledge, the level of success we have achieved will be based largely on how effectively we have communicated this knowledge. This is especially apparent in education. However, writing as an academic skill translates into any career field and all professions will require some form of writing.
The document "Our school approach to writing" (PDF, 1713KB) outlines the important steps and teaching and learning decisions we make to assist all students to become competent and successful writers.