Literacy at MEA
Sir Patrick Stewart is reading a sonnet a day.
The development of an effective literacy skill set (that is, oracy, listening, reading and writing) is fundamental to the achievement of a rich and fulfilling life. We use these skills every day in order to communicate with, and make sense of, the world around us. At the heart of improving literacy skills we believe is the opportunity to practise them. Improving literacy and learning can have an impact on students’ self-esteem, motivation, behaviour and attainment. It allows them to learn independently and empowers their own development.
One of our 4 strategic obsession is ‘Oracy development’ teachers have excellent questioning skills to illicit high quality responses and pupils are encouraged t speak in full sentences, at all times, in order to articulate and develop their ideas and literacy skills.
The curriculum is underpinned by developing students’ abilities to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including using language to learn, communicate, think, explore and organise. Helping students to express themselves clearly, through development of vocabulary, both orally and in writing, enhances and enriches teaching and learning in all subjects and prepares the student for life after school.
We believe that reading, and particularly reading for pleasure, has a direct impact on cognitive and social communicative development. Our aim is to develop each student’s potential to the point where they are reading at, or above, their chronological age. We will quantify this development through a robust program of assessment, intervention and data analysis. NfER Reading and Spelling assessment data in term 1 of Year 7, and throughout Key Stage 3, will inform intervention and planning with progress and development.