I rather like the line from Alex Quigley that we’re all teachers of English because we all teach in English. Similar thinking follows for being teachers of literacy and teachers of reading. When I was teaching Science, many moons ago, I’d probably have rolled my eyes at the statement and thought another thing for me to do rather than seeing literacy as the golden thread that potentially runs through all subjects. Crack literacy and you are likely to succeed at school and arguably in life. Continue reading
If all your students read at the same standard as your very best readers in the year group would you transform the progress, attainment and life chances of your young people? I tend to say “yes” to this; so what must we do to achieve it?
Reading, literacy in general, is the gateway to the curriculum. Without it children struggle to access subjects and their content. Whilst some children’s technical reading is sound they struggle to make sense of what they have read. Continue reading