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Literacy is the Language of Learning - Ensuring that reading, writing, speaking and listening are integral to all learning across the secondary curriculum

Literacy and in particular reading are high on the agenda as the curriculum is given far greater prominence. As schools review their curriculum and how it is delivered to ensure a seamless and sequential learning platform the role of literacy must be seen as an integral part of curriculum planning for all subjects and departments. It is the literacy skills that underpin the way that pupils access the curriculum and the knowledge they need to continue to progress and deepen their understanding. All staff who teach in key stage 3, 4 and 5 need to be aware of the skills pupils are learning and developing in their English lessons and support pupils to become unconsciously competent in their use of their literacy skills across all subjects and beyond.

  • Do all teachers, whatever the subject, support pupils to use and develop their literacy skills to demonstrate their higher-level thinking skills, profound understanding and deepening knowledge?
  • Are teachers able to assess the quality of literacy learning in their subject and explain how literacy skills can be improved in relation to subject specific levels of response?
  • Do teachers from other subjects know what is taught in English Language and how they can apply that learning in their own teaching?
  • To what extent do learners make connections and can confidently apply their literacy skills in a variety of contexts across all their learning?
  • How do teachers and managers from across the subject divides communicate the skills they are using and share how they teach literacy skills in order to support greater synergy, the sequencing of learning over time and opportunities to develop skills that enhance the potential of all learners?
  • Do all teachers know how to support pupils to develop their comprehension skills in relation to unfamiliar vocabulary and concepts?

Creating a whole school collaborative approach to the embedding of literacy across the curriculum will have a positive impact on learning. The collaboration and opportunities for cross curricular dialogue will provide all subject and faculty staff with an opportunity to focus on how non-fiction texts can aid reading and comprehension, build confidence in writing for different audiences and purposes and allow learners to gain in confidence when they present information, share ideas or speak with authority.

This event will focus on:-

  • A focus on the role of literacy in ensuring that the emphasis on curriculum design and delivery ensures that there is a clear sequencing of learning that leads to high levels of skills competence and the acquisition and deepening of knowledge
  • Defining the roles and responsibilities of a Literacy Co-ordinator, or leader in literacy in the context of developing a whole school strategy that puts literacy at the heart of learning
  • Focusing on learning and identifying how literacy is an essential element of all learning and teaching in order to aid progression in every subject and lesson
  • Creating opportunities to look at literacy specifics and how to support subject specialists other than English teachers develop their own deeper understanding of how to enhance the literacy skills of learners as part of deepening their subject knowledge across all learning
  • Building a suite of learning opportunities for teachers of subjects other than English to use in their own planning
  • Reviewing assessment policy and practice for the whole school, across year groups and for individual subject areas or departments
  • A focus on some of the strategies and techniques that can ultimately support teachers in subjects other than English to be fully confident that they are an integral part of a whole school literacy culture

Win hearts and minds, create a strategy that is embraced by all staff, give learners the skills that support them to become highly competent and adept users of their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Have a look at the poems we have collected about the quirkiness of the English language Click here. This event will support schools and colleges in their quest to ensure their curriculum has breadth and depth and will help to create the evidence included in OFSTED's new handbook that is now in use.

Who is it for?

This event is of particular interest to those who have been given the role of Literacy Coordinator or who assume that role. It will also be very valuable for other managers or teachers who have a specific responsibility for embedding literacy across the curriculum such as Heads of English or Teaching and Learning Managers. Curriculum managers will benefit from an understanding of the content of this day as part of their quest for ensuring cohesion and collaboration determine how the curriculum is implemented in line with the defined rationale and ambition. SENCOs and HLTAs who have a responsibility for enhancing the literacy skills of those they support. This event may also be useful for those with responsibility for CPD or staff development who would be able to use the materials and learning from the day to develop further training for colleagues back in school.

Build the evidence that OFSTED are looking to see:-

"Reading is prioritised to allow pupils to access the full curriculum offer."

"A rigorous and sequential approach to the reading curriculum develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading. At all stages, reading attainment is assessed and gaps are addressed quickly and effectively for all pupils."

"Teachers ensure that their own speaking, listening, writing and reading of English support pupils in developing their language and vocabulary well."

OFSTED Inspection Hand book for Schools November 2019

All our events are centrally located. Registration and refreshments are available from 9.30am for a 10.00am start, and we will finish around 3.30-4.00pm. We always provide lunch.

Prices:

First Delegate:

£295 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£245 +VAT

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What our clients say about this course

  • "One of the best CPD sessions. I've had for a very long time. It was so appropriate and just what I needed to support me in my role." The Literacy Co-ordinator for St Matthew's Academy
  • "Excellent!!! Informative and useful for planning and delivering whole school literacy/strategy.  Many, many thanks!" Head of English from a school in Bristol
  • "An extremely useful day, I have learnt a huge amount. This has crystalised, extended and explored many of the issues I have been trying to grapple with." A Head of English and Literacy Lead from a Norwich School
  • "A very enjoyable and useful day, I was challenged in my thinking which I enjoyed. The resources were excellent and I have so many practical strategies to use in school. I have a clear idea of what I need to do and how to implement it" Head of Year 11, Hawkley Hall High School Wigan
  • "The course has been invaluable, I now know how to expand my role to make sure literacy is seen as every teacher's responsibility." An Assistant Head with responsibility for Literacy at the Future Schools Trust
  • "A very practical day.  I have learned how data is used from KS2 to KS4 and how to approach Literacy throughout the school".  An English teacher from a school in Hertforshire 
  • "A really helpful day to consider where we are at and how we can go forward from here.  Thank you".  A Deputy Head from Bury St Edmunds 

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  • "One of the best CPD sessions. I've had for a very long time. It was so appropriate and just what I needed to support me in my role." The Literacy Co-ordinator for St Matthew's Academy
  • "Excellent!!! Informative and useful for planning and delivering whole school literacy/strategy.  Many, many thanks!" Head of English from a school in Bristol
  • "An extremely useful day, I have learnt a huge amount. This has crystalised, extended and explored many of the issues I have been trying to grapple with." A Head of English and Literacy Lead from a Norwich School
  • "A very enjoyable and useful day, I was challenged in my thinking which I enjoyed. The resources were excellent and I have so many practical strategies to use in school. I have a clear idea of what I need to do and how to implement it" Head of Year 11, Hawkley Hall High School Wigan
  • "The course has been invaluable, I now know how to expand my role to make sure literacy is seen as every teacher's responsibility." An Assistant Head with responsibility for Literacy at the Future Schools Trust
  • "A very practical day.  I have learned how data is used from KS2 to KS4 and how to approach Literacy throughout the school".  An English teacher from a school in Hertforshire 
  • "A really helpful day to consider where we are at and how we can go forward from here.  Thank you".  A Deputy Head from Bury St Edmunds 
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