“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”
Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools : A shared responsibility (published April 2013)
The focus on literacy through both the change to Teaching Standards and through government initiatives to raise profile of, and accountability for, achievement and progress in literacy demonstrates the importance of literacy as a whole school issue.
At Stockport Academy we recognise that literacy skills are essential for young people to reach their potential in school and fulfilling opportunities throughout life. Therefore, we have a rigorous whole-school literacy policy which is implemented systematically across the curriculum, with all teachers regarding themselves as teachers of literacy, regardless of their subject specialism.
All teachers must know the literacy barriers for students in their groups and adapt their teaching accordingly.
In the curriculum, every opportunity is explored to promote the highest standards of reading, writing and communication. Consistency and creativity are the key principles which underpin every aspect of our practice. In lessons, teachers and students use our literacy non-negotiables to ensure that building literacy skills is at the heart of what we do every day. A range of whole school activities, including Drop Everything and Read events and No Pens/ Oracy Days are used to engage and enthuse our students and this is combined with special events, such as our Spelling Bee and Book Swap, to positively promote the development of literacy in every aspect of school life.