Why is literacy important?
- Literacy supports learning. Pupils need vocabulary, expression and organisational control to cope with the cognitive demands of all subjects.
- Better literacy leads to improved self-esteem, motivation and behaviour. It allows pupils to learn independently. It is empowering.
- Better literacy raises pupils’ attainment in all subjects.
How is literacy promoted across the school?
Literacy is promoted through feedback: ‘Think Pink Go Green’
Research shows that what makes the most difference to a student’s progress is the student’s understanding of teacher feedback and the student’s actions that follow.
We use a system we call “Think Pink Go Green” to help students take advantage of the feedback their teachers give them.
How it works:
“Think Pink Go Green” is used to develop work. A teacher can ask a student a question about their completed work in pink and ask for an answer in a green box. This allows students to realise what they need to do in order to meet success criteria; it also helps them to move their work up to a higher level so they make greater progress.
Literacy is promoted through form time and assemblies
Each year group is allocated a specific day to focus on literacy activities during form time. Activities include creating headlines for topical news stories, playing word games such as Just a Minute, Countdown and Taboo.
Below, a group of Year 10 students deliver assemblies to the rest of the school on the importance of using advanced punctuation.
Literacy is promoted through the reading mentoring scheme
A group of Year 7 students are paired with a Year 10 or Year 12 reading mentor. The students meet once a week during form time to participate in the Collins ‘Read On’ scheme which allows them to complete a range of activities which develop their reading skills.
Literacy is promoted through extra curricular activities
Public speaking competitions
Mini saga and poetry competitions