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MMU - NQT Conference 1 8 th January Approaches to Literacy .
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To be literateis to gain a voice and to participate meaningfully and assertively in decisions that affect one’s life. To be literate is to gain self-confidence. To be literate is to become self-assertive …Literacy enables people to read their own world and to write their own history…Literacy provides access to written knowledge – and knowledge is power. In a nutshell, literacy empowers.
Y Kassam‘Who benefits from Literacy? Literacy and Empowerment’ in The challenge of illiteracy: from reflection to action, Garland Publishing, New York, 1994
…is the primary cause of
is the primary cause of
59% of time was spent by four-year-olds in disadvantaged areas not talking at all.
= 5.2 million, or 1 in 6
What percentage of men and women with low literacy skills have never received a promotion, once in employment?
Women = 75%
What percentage of 15-17 year olds read a book every day?
17% of 15-17 year olds read abook every day?
Of the number of school age prisoners currently in custody, what percentage have the literacy and numeracy levels of an average 7 year old?
Of the number of school age prisoners currently in custody, 26% have the literacy and numeracy levels of an average 7 year old.
Of the number of 18-20 year old prisoners currently in custody, what percentage have not attended school beyond the age of 13?
Of the number of 18-20 year old prisoners currently in custody, 75% have not attended school beyond the age of 13.
In response to the revised Ofsted framework
Revised Teacher Standards from 2012
Literacy can be a barrier to achievement in the Ebaccsubjects
Literacy as a barrier to achieving the KS4 floor standards
Changes to GCSE – increased focus on the quality of written communication
The pupil premium – more able pupils
A teacher must:
‘Demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English, whatever the teacher’s specialist subject.’
HMCI, 15th March 2012
‘Improving standards of literacy must be a priority for all our schools….but what does this mean in practice? It means being passionate about high standards of literacy for every single pupil and creating a no-excuses culture for both pupils and staff.’
‘Strong leadership is the key to improving literacy.’
‘The best nurseries, schools and colleges ensure all their young people develop good literacy skills, regardless of their background. They set high standards for every single learner, ensure their teaching is always good or better and intervene when underachievement takes place.’
Sir Michael Wilshaw, HMCI.
The teaching of reading , writing and communication is highly effective and cohesively planned and implemented across the curriculum. ( Outstanding)
Reading, writing , communication and mathematics are taught effectively (good)
Teaching is likely to be inadequate where any of the following apply:
Pupils’ progress in literacy ….
What does your school already do to develop pupils’ reading skills both in and out of the classroom?
Share a strategy on your table – one where there is consistency in practice/approach.
What impact has it had?
Try your own word webs using the following words:-
You might find it useful to have an etymological dictionary handy if you do this in class, for fielding unexpected roots!