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Whole school literacy has long been regarded as a central element for securing school improvement because confident reading and writing are fundamental to students’ success in all areas.
Recent curriculum changes have placed a much higher premium on the acquisition of literacy skills, especially in terms of more demanding challenges in reading comprehension and extended writing at GCSE.
There has also been a growing recognition of the importance of confident oracy, not only as a precursor to writing but as a means of enabling greater personal effectiveness in our students.
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This course focuses on how school and literacy leaders can best support teachers in ensuring that students develop and gain confidence in literacy across the whole curriculum. The Teacher Standards 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’.
There is a strong emphasis in the Ofsted framework 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 disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Leading Literacy within Schools one-day course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to raise and improve literacy across your school. It will provide advice on all aspects of improving whole-school literacy provision, including:
David is a freelance adviser and consultant who has worked extensively on school improvement projects across the country, speaking at conferences and training events, leading CPD and undertaking school reviews. This course is one of several he has developed in partnership with ONECPD
David taught English in schools in London and Oxfordshire before becoming a secondary Headteacher in Devon for 12 years and then a School Improvement Adviser across the south west. He was an associate director with the National Education Trust where much of his work focused on improving outcomes for disadvantaged students, whole school literacy and developing independent learning. 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".
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Opening Presentation: Leading literacy within Schools
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
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.
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