Barnes Primary School became a ‘knowledge centre for the teaching of writing’ in September 2009. The school received £25,000 additional funding, with the expectation that this money would be used to work in partnership with other schools to develop high-quality practice in the teaching of writing. The award was made to the school in recognition of the outstanding outcomes pupils at Barnes achieve by the time they leave the school and transfer to the secondary sector. During the 2009-10 academic year, the school established partnerships with eight different schools. Over seventy practitioners attended a training course at our school and observed a writing lesson. The school retained its ‘knowledge centre’ status in 2010-11, receiving £20,000, despite financial austerity within the public sector.