Storywriting Groups

It’s helped me to release my anger in small portions. Now it goes into my pencil and into my stories. I can make a story around how I feel. Year 5 boy

Therapeutic Storywriting Groups use the metaphor in stories to support children whose emotional and behavioural difficulties are getting in the way of their learning.

The intervention is delivered by educational professionals who have attended the 3-day training Setting Up Therapeutic Storywriting Groups.

The Groups are for 6 pupils aged 7-13 years, run for 10 sessions and each session lasts for 1 hour.


Research commissioned by the South-east Region SEN partnership shows that Therapeutic Storywriting Groups help pupils to process difficult feelings, develop social skills and improve pupils’ engagement with writing.

Therapeutic Storywriting Groups have been introduced into over 35 LAs in England and are a DCSF example of good inclusive practice (SEN IMPACT: Case Study 14).

Read what teachers have to say about Therapeutic Storywriting Groups


Course content 

  • relationship between emotional and cognitive development;
  • the emotional significance of story metaphor
  • active listening in the context of story work
  • set up and delivery of  the 10 week Therapeutic Storywriting intervention

Target group

SEN teachers, SENCOs, inclusion support teachers & school counsellors supporting pupils with BESDs at KS 1 & 2.

Course duration: 

3 days

Support materials: 

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