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Whole academy literacy policy

Adopted: March 2015

Key information

At Hethersett Academy we view high levels of literacy skills as fundamental to the success of all students. It is an entitlement for all and the responsibility of the whole school community. Our aim is to raise the achievement of all students by seeking to develop their speaking, listening, reading, writing and spelling skills.

We intend to:

  • Raise the profile of literacy within the school
  • Raise standards of  literacy
  • Make literacy teaching an explicit part of every curriculum area
  • Monitor our effectiveness

The English curriculum and intervention will support and drive standards but it is recognised that all subject areas contribute through their own individual curriculum.

The school will:

  • Create a positive and attractive environment which celebrates speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
  • Enrol every Y7 and Y8 student on the Accelerated Reader Programme providing a regulated individualised reading scheme.
  • The development of a designated weekly 'grammar hour' programme
  • Ensure that there are planned activities within the curriculum to allow students to learn and practise their range of literacy skills.
  • Ensure that a range of reading material is available at appropriate levels of interest and difficulty and balanced in its representation of culture and gender.
  • Encourage the use of dictionaries, thesauruses and ICT programmes  to  support individual learning.
  • Ensure that the use of the library is an integral part of students' learning.
  • Provide literacy based displays throughout the school.
  • Ensure subject areas are teaching the literacy elements central to their curriculum delivery as identified in the National Curriculum.
  • Provide specific support and intervention for literacy challenged students from SEN and literacy lead.
  • Develop the Literacy Working Committee, enabling a strong and shared vision for promoting a consistent approach across the school, agreeing on the School Literacy Focus (SLF) for each term.

Each subject will:

Contribute to the raising of standards within their curriculum area by:

  • Nominating a delegate to contribute in the Literacy Working Committee.
  • Providing structures to support writing.
  • Identifying subject specific reading and writing demands.
  • Identifying appropriate subject vocabulary.
  • Enhancing and developing the use of the library.
  • Enhancing and developing the use of ICT.
  • Providing feedback to students about progress within the subject but also indicate targets for literacy development.
  • Display key cross-curricular words in classrooms.
  • Acknowledging, marking and displaying the agreed termly School Literacy Focus (SLF) targets.
  • Provide specific literacy feedback on the assessment and marking stickers.

We will monitor our progress by:

  • Sampling students' work in different subject areas once a term.
  • Providing a progress report to heads of department/governors on features highlighted in the sample.
  • Providing identified support, guidance and training where appropriate.
  • Discussing with students, twice a year, teaching techniques which help them with their reading and writing skills, reporting their comments to staff.