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Literacy Strategy 2023 

Objective 1: Support students with weak literacy

NGRT: Testing for Y7 - 9 took place in half term 1

Intervention Pathways: Set up for KS3 as below

  • Pathway 1: Read, Write, Inc (RWI) Y7 - Y9
  • Pathway 2: Reciprocal Reading

Peer Reading: Y7 weak readers reading with post 16 students, Y7-8 undertaking guided reading with Y9 and Y10 students.

Parental Communication: Intervention arrangements and reasons for intervention arrangements are being communicated with parents.


  • Further RWI resources purchased in half term 1 to support readers of all levels and provide strong provision.

Staff Training:

  • Teachers have received phonics training via video link
  • Reading age information and names of students receiving intervention has been shared with staff

Supporting Students in Reflection/Internal Suspension:

  • Collection of reading age appropriate / interest level books are available for use in Reflection
  • Students who are regularly suspended assessed for reading difficulties and scheduled for intervention
Objective 2: Promote disciplinary literacy across the curriculum 

FIP: All faculties have a Reading Action Plan which is reviewed frequently during directed time

Word of the Day: New vocabulary is regularly explored and recorded in lessons

Exposure to Reading in Lessons: Students are exposed to a range of reading actives across the curriculum

Reading in Tutor Time: Reading takes place once per week in tutor time. Tutor groups have access to class sets of books and boxes of miscellaneous books from the library.

Parental Communication: Literacy Bulletin sent to parents each half-term

Staff Training:

  • Whole school CPD on practical interdisciplinary reading strategies. 
  • Directed time has been used for faculties to develop and implement the reading action plan 
  • Training on practical strategies to support reading and why reading is a priority has been delivered to ECT students in September
Objective 3: Develop a culture of literacy for pleasure


  • ePlatform regularly promoted through the Reading Bulletin and Facebook sites.
  • Tutor groups are taken to computer room to complete ePlatform reading quiz and access the site to promote engagement

Reading Rewards: Reading achievement points introduced and regularly rewarded in lesson

World Book Day: Celebrated through English lessons via sharing of favourite texts and reading activity lesson, competitions in the library

Creative Writing Workshop: Students were taken to Grimm & Co - a creative writing workshop in Rotherham


Additional Reading for Pleasure in English Lessons - To encourage further reading for pleasure, once a week, all KS3 students will read a short extract from a fiction or non-fiction text and discuss this text together. The texts include newspapers, comics, and novels.


KS3 Book Club - Every other week, students are invited to join us in E1 from 3-4pm on Tuesdays for Book Club where we read and discuss a novel together. Everyone is welcome.