Further to this:
- pupils need vocabulary, expression and organisational control to cope with the cognitive demands of subjects;
- reading helps us to learn from sources beyond our immediate experience;
- writing helps us to sustain and order thought;
- language helps us to reflect, revise and evaluate the things we do, and on the things others have said, written or done;
- responding to big questions encourages the development of thinking skills and enquiry;
- improving literacy and learning can have an impact on pupils' self-esteem, on motivation and behaviour; it allows them to learn independently and this is empowering for a learner.
In pursuit of addressing these areas consistently and effectively, we have established the following
- a reading strategy (informed by KS2 transition) and appropriate intervention programmes for pupils who require support;
- six key whole-school literacy focuses, which represent the six key barriers to success as presented by our pupils;
- bespoke support for Subject Areas which require pupils to produce developed responses;
- a vocabulary and oracy strategy, which includes whole school promotion of V.C.O.P and SHAPE;
- a personal Literacy Book, which targets the six key focuses, the format for non-fiction writing, spelling and reading strategies, a SPAG and Oracy PLC and a section dedicated to vocabulary development.