Literacy - Rationale


We expect all teachers to provide the highest standards in literacy and to help students to become better readers, better writers, better speakers and better listeners.

These skills are essential to all subjects and improving them will make students more effective as historians, scientists, geographers etc.

Best Practice


Integrating best practice in literacy is a key element of outstanding teaching and can be developed in every lesson. While these suggestions are not exhaustive they represent excellent practice in improving literacy across the curriculum.

Improving Reading

  • Creating texts which help students to comprehend them, resources should be attractive, motivational and should help students.

  • Explicitly teaching subject specific vocabulary and showing how teachers remember how to spell words.

  • Self and peer assessment takes place.

  • To widen the vocabulary used by students in their day to day work.

  • Teaching research skills and in particular helping students to navigate the internet with care and discrimination.

  • Developing the techniques of skimming (to find the gist) and scanning (to find specific information).

Improving Writing

  • Displaying connectives.

  • Teaching students how to write in the main text types used in their subjects (e.g. how to write an evaluation in Science, an essay in History).

  • Use of writing frames and modelling. Teaching students paragraphing and how to link paragraphs.

  • Encouraging students to use a variety of sentences.

Improving Speaking

  • Encouraging exploratory talk.

  • Teaching students how to write in the main text types used in their subjects (e.g. how to write an evaluation in Science, an essay in History).

  • Use of writing frames and modelling. Teaching students paragraphing and how to link paragraphs.

  • Encouraging students to use a variety of sentences.


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