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Professor David Wray

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Professor in Literacy
Education Studies
024 7652 2057
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Research Interests

Teaching strategies to help students of various ages access the curriculum through literacy. First and second language learning and pedagogy. Readability in a range of languages. The importance and teaching of handwriting. The use of mobile learning devices.


David Wray taught in a variety of schools for 10 years and is currently Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Warwick. He has published over 50 books on aspects of literacy teaching and is best known for his work on developing teaching strategies to help pupils access the curriculum through literacy. This has resulted in such innovations as the Extending Interactions with Texts (EXIT) model to guide the teaching of reading to learn, and writing frames to help with the writing of factual text types. His work has been made an integral part of the National Literacy Strategy at both primary and secondary levels and he co-wrote Module 6 (Reading and Writing for Information) of the original primary NLS training materials.

Title Funder Award start Award end
BA International Partnership and Mobility Scheme 2012: Toward a New Model of Readability in Other Languages British Academy 01 Nov 2012 31 Oct 2013
The IB Extended Essay Project International Baccalaureate 17 Nov 2011 16 Sep 2012
Research Bids into ICT and Teacher Training Training and Development Agency for Schools 31 Mar 2010 31 May 2011
Learning about Special Needs in Handwriting Training and Development Agency for Schools 01 Feb 2008 31 Jul 2009
The provision of research services for a scoping study into the teaching of Arabic and Islamic Studies ALDAR Properties PJSC 01 Jul 2008 31 Dec 2008
EVALUATION OF THE BOOKTIME PROJECT Booktrust 01 Oct 2007 30 Jun 2008
A Scoping research project for the UCST United Church Schools Trust 07 Jan 2008 31 Mar 2008
Progression and the Northern Ireland Levels for Writing Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment 01 Jan 2006 31 Mar 2006
KS2 Digital Spanish Evaluation Department for Education and Skills 01 Oct 2004 18 Feb 2005