Leading Literacy in the Secondary School
This course is offered jointly with the National Education Trust
The Leading Literacy in the Secondary School one day course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to take back to your organisation in order to raise and improve literacy as a school standard, addressing the barriers that many schools are facing and how to accomplish these.
Secondary schools need to lead the way in improving literacy standards across the UK, and ensure that they are well placed to help the one in five children who arrive at secondary school without the expected standard in reading and writing. As the bridge between primary education and the world of university and work – the presence of high standard literacy teaching across the curriculum is crucial to ensure students possess the necessary skills to reach their potential and positively contribute to society.
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Whole school literacy has long been a central element for securing improvement in the secondary school and has become even more significant following the publication of ‘Moving English Forward’ in 2012 which recommended that all schools should:“ develop policies to promote reading for enjoyment throughout the school” and that secondary schools should: “strengthen whole-school literacy work across all departments to ensure that students extend and consolidate their literacy skills in all appropriate contexts”.
This was then reinforced by the 2012 Teacher Standards which make it clear that all teachers should: ‘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’.
The new Ofsted framework (2015) has a clear focus on the impact of the teaching of literacy and its contribution to the overall evaluation of pupils’ achievement:
“Inspectors will consider the impact of the teaching of literacy and the outcomes across the range of the school’s provision. They will use the evidence they gather to inform the overall evaluation of pupils’ achievement, the quality of teaching and the impact of leadership and management on raising standards. Inspectors will consider the extent to which the school intervenes to provide support for improving pupils’ literacy, especially those pupils at risk of underachieving”.
However, the importance of high quality literacy provision goes far beyond the legal requirement of the Teacher Standards and the expectations of Ofsted. Improving standards of literacy is vital to the process of increasing the life chances of pupils from deprived backgrounds.
Recent curriculum changes have placed a much higher premium on the acquisition of literacy skills. Reformed GCSEs will present pupils with more demanding challenges in reading comprehension and extended writing and the ending of formal assessment in speaking and listening makes a focus on this area across the curriculum more important than ever.
The Leading Literacy in the Secondary School one-day course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to take back to your organisation in order to raise and improve literacy across your school. It will provide practical strategies on all aspects of improving cross-curricular provision in speaking and listening, writing and reading and also focus on how to audit your school’s literacy provision and keep it under review.
Your tutor – David Birch
David is an Associate Director of the National Education Trust and has worked extensively on its school improvement projects across the country, speaking at conferences and training events, leading CPD and undertaking school reviews. He leads NET’s partnership with OneCPD at Salford University.
David taught English in schools in London and Oxfordshire before becoming a secondary Headteacher in Devon for 12 years. He now works as a school improvement adviser in the south west. Much of his recent work nationally has focused on improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, strategies to develop independent learning and whole school literacy. He is a senior A level English examiner and subject expert for Ofqual.
"I can honestly say that one of the main reasons that I am actually excited to be back in work today is because I can get cracking on some of the literacy strategies that I picked up from your course in Salford! Thank you again for such a great course".
This one day course on Leading Literacy is aimed at Head Teachers/teachers; Literacy co-ordinators and English teachers; Directors of Education; Directors of Children’s Services; education consultants, school inspectors and all relevant job roles from across the education landscape who are responsible for school improvement.
Registration and Coffee
Opening Presentation: Leading literacy in the Secondary School
Strategies to promote confident speaking and listening
Developing students’ writing
Final Thoughts: action planning
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Attendance at this course will provide you with a knowledge and skills set that you will be able to take back with you to the benefit of your school and institution, including:
* Raising whole school standards of literacy
* Embedding literacy into every lesson
* Gaining clarity on how to build an effective whole-school literacy plan
* Understanding how to engage parents to support student learning at home
* Achieving high standards of literacy in children
* Addressing the barriers to raising literacy standards
* The need for teachers to have high expectations
* Strategies to develop wider reading
* How the clear assessment of individual pupils’ progress and needs can drive improvement