without any training, inset, attendance of any course etc, I always had a belief that the two above mentioned were relatively opposing views of improving writing. Ros Wilson might simplistically be described as "mechanical" - teaching all the different sentence types, writing styles in a "menu" format. A sort of do A, do B and then C and voila! Great writing! (but in a fun way). Pie Corbett was more of an "inspire them with whole texts, quality writing and rich language" the great writer will emerge and then focus on the mechanics after. I know this is simplistic, but is that about right? Correct me if I am wrong, please! I was always a Pie Corbett-follower, but I am being asked to introduce a more Ros Wilson approach, which I am uncomfortable with - mainly because I know nothing about it. We don't subscribe to Andrell, so I am trying to glean what I can from free stuff, rumour and heresay. How do you all try to improve writing in your school?