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Literacy is the Language of Learning - raising awareness of the power of literacy across all learning

Literacy is the Language of Learning - raising awareness of the power of literacy across all learning

This short three section course is for secondary school teachers and those working in the post 16 sector.  The course explores the importance of literacy in helping learners to access knowledge and deepen their understanding. It also focuses on how the skills associated with the construction of sentences, paragraphs and pieces of extended writing link to how well learners use higher levels of response as evidence that they can explore ideas, explain concepts and analyse situations. The ability to read and understand, write with clarity, deep meaning and complex understanding and articulate ideas are all essential skills for learning, life and work. Literacy is integral to ensuring the learning is sequenced, there are opportunities for progression and learners continually build on prior learning.

Evidence suggests that where all subject leaders and their teams understand the importance of literacy in their subject there are positive implications for higher achievement and success in end of year tests and GCSE and A level results.

This asynchronous course will include video presentations, proformas for discussion and planning, card templates for an activity that can be used with staff again and again, some research documents that can be downloaded for future reading for those who would like to learn more. We also provide the presentation slides with a voice over and transcript.

This nutshell course includes:

  • A focus on the components of literacy that are an essential element in all subjects and how to raise awareness of how to make use of the skills of literacy to improve learners' written work and presentation abilities
  • Exploring the taxonomy of assessment in order to create a consistent approach to ensuring all learners are able to deepen their learning, explain in detail, analyse a change or situation, compare and contrast different ideas or concrete examples and justify or evaluate a final result, model or idea
  • Introducing some tools to support further investigation and opportunities for individuals to cascade their practice within their team, department or in cross-curricular collaboration

Who is this nutshell course for?

Subject leaders can use this course for themselves and then share it with their teams to raise awareness of how important literacy is as a distinct and integral part of every subject across the curriculum and in wider extra-curricular activity. Individual teachers who may want to use this short course as part of their own continuing professional development. CPD leaders and managers who want to use the content as part of a planned CPD strategy.

A growing presence of online learning for Learning Cultures

This is part of a growing suite of nutshell courses we are planning. CPD is an essential part of school life and these webinars provide a flexible alternative to face-to-face training which can be difficult to timetable.  We are running a suite of live webinars as 2½ hour morning or twilight sessions where the trainer is live using an online platform.  These are proving very popular but for some the flexibility of these nutshells may be more accessible.


£95 +VAT