Writing scaffolds

Also known as: writing prompts, writing plans

Writing scaffolds support students to plan their writing and, when implemented digitally, they allow them to plan in many different ways, including recording their voice, drawing images and inserting videos. They:

  • support educators to convey the importance of planning to create coherent, controlled and complete texts
  • help students focus on a writing task, get started, organise their ideas, and feel more confident
  • can limit creativity and encourage a formulaic approach to writing if students become overly dependent on them so it is important for educators to balance the use of writing scaffolds with other teaching tools and strategies.

Writing scaffolds

ICT templates

How to use with ICT

Select the scaffold that best suits the online learning platform utilised by the class. Complete a guided writing example with the class using the digital writing scaffold prior to assigning as a task on Teams, Google classroom or similar with all class members. Ask each student to complete a digital writing scaffold to be submitted through Google Classroom or Teams. 

Single computer

Projecting writing scaffold to a class is a method of supporting student independent writing. Consider the text size when projecting to the class.

Personalised learning

Disability, Learning and Support

When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the diversity of your learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all. For UDL guidelines, information and additional materials, visit the CAST website.

Many students require technology as an adjustment to support their access to learning. Adjustments (NESA) are actions taken that enable a student with disability and additional learning needs to access syllabus outcomes and content on the same basis as their peers. Enrol in the Personalised learning with technology online course to help you make more informed decisions regarding technology.


For a range of simple, how-to videos visit the Assistive Technology page on the Disability, Learning and Support website. Resources are organised into four sections; Literacy and Learning, Vision, Hearing, Physical and Motor Skills.


High potential and gifted learning and support

When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the full range of abilities of all learners. High potential and gifted learners may require additional adjustments and deliberate talent development.  These strategies include differentiation, grouping, enrichment and advanced learning pathways so students can be engaged, grow and achieve their personal best.


Assessing and identifying high potential and gifted learners will help teachers decide which students may benefit from extension and additional challenge. Effective strategies and contributors to achievement for high potential and gifted learners helps teachers to identify and target areas for growth and improvement. School leaders can access the Evaluation and Planning Tool to support strategic improvement planning.


Recognising the diversity of high potential and gifted students represented in classrooms across 4 domains of potential can be explored further by accessing illustrations of practice.


For further support and advice about how to tailor learning for high potential and gifted students from all backgrounds, visit the High Potential and Gifted Education web section, High Potential and Gifted Education Policy or attend one of the professional learning courses on offer.

Learn more about the strategy

Professional learning


Professional learning (internal)
Provider Course name Link Description
NSW Department of Education Supporting the emerging writer MyPL This online session will explore the process of ‘draw, talk, share, write’ for the emergent writer and how this can be supported when learning from home.
NSW Department of Education Focus on creating texts MyPL

This online course includes two modules:

Module 1: Understanding writing: An evidence-based approach
Module 2: Teaching strategies for writing