A key focus of research in English teaching at the moment is on the dominance of paragraph scaffolds such as PEE or PEEL.
In a recent article, Simon Gibbons (Director of Teacher Education at Kings College London, former Chair of the National Association for Teachers of English) questions the origins and value of these structures:
If you would like a full copy of the article feel free to email and I’ll send you one.
An alternative way to approaching paragraphing at KS3 is explored in this open-access article, written by a teacher: https://www.nate.org.uk/file/2017/03/NATE_TE_Issue-13_33-36-ENSTONE-FINAL.pdf
– only 4 pages long and written for teachers, this would be an ideal article to take to an English department meeting for discussion!