Literacy Policy

The new OFSTED framework of April 2012 and 2014 Secondary Curriculum place renewed emphasis on reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and spoken English. At Stratton Education Trust, we aim to ensure that our learners can use language and communicate effectively in all forms by becoming:

 confident and independent readers;

 effective and confident writers;

 articulate communicators in all situations.

All teachers contribute to the development of literacy. As such they need to be committed to developing literacy skills in all of our learners, to support learning and to raise standards across the curriculum, because:

 learners need to possess literacy skills to enable them to access and achieve within the curriculum in all Key Stages;

 learners need vocabulary, analytical skills, expression and organisational control to cope with the cognitive demands of subjects;

 language helps us to reflect, revise and evaluate;

 reading helps us to learn from sources beyond our immediate experience;

 writing helps us to sustain and order thought;

 improving literacy and learning is vital to learners’ self-esteem, motivation and behaviour, allowing them to learn independently;

 literacy skills are becoming increasingly important when entering the workplace as employers placing more emphasis on key skills;