“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.

Click here to find our more about our library, 'The Hub'.

Literacy Intervention

For students who need additional support to help them build their literacy skills more quickly, we use a number of intervention strategies including:

  • One to one support and use of a synthetics phonics programme to help build reading fluency and confidence.
  • Literacy after school clubs where a range of workbooks, small group work, games and interactive activities are used to build reading and writing skills.
  • Setting policies which are used to ensure students get the best support available in the most appropriate classroom environment.

Literacy Documents to Download

Reading List KS4 - 2020-2021.pdf 240KB KS4 Recommended Reading List
Reading List KS3 - 2020-2021.pdf 219KB KS3 Recommended Reading List
Literacy Non negotiables January 2014 for walls.pdf 103KB Literacy Non Negotiables
Stockport Academy Literacy June 2020 Policy.pdf 139KB Stockport Academy Literacy Policy
Top ten resources to support reading.pdf 188KB Top 10 Resources To Support Reading
Literacy - Bedrock Online Learning Jan 2021.pdf 242KB Bedrock Online Learning

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444

Financial Accountability and Freedom of Information
Website Terms, Cookies and Privacy

United Learning

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.