Developing Literacy & Reading

Developing Literacy and Reading

We love to read at CAN. We read at the beginning of lessons, in form, during our library lessons and as part of our weekly DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), on Thursdays at 2.15pm for 15 minutes.

Key Stage 3 pupils are expected to read for at least 20 minutes per day at home, and our Key Stage 4 pupils are regularly set challenging reads as part of their home learning.

Library lessons take place once a week, and pupils are encouraged to read a range of texts at an appropriate level.

As part of the Great CAN Reading Challenge, pupils attempt to improve their reading ages by one year every term; something which more and more students are managing to achieve.

Our focus on our students’ reading, writing and oracy begins with our own staff practice. At the end of last year, all staff filled out a skills audit, detailing how confident they are with teaching and recognising literacy needs. This data informs weekly Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions, moving staff forward, and enabling all staff to move pupils forward.

We encourage a collegiate approach to teaching literacy by sharing ideas and filming good practice. As well as working on embedding high quality, authentic literacy instruction into our students’ daily diet of learning, form tutors also perform a vital role in moving pupils’ literacy skills forward.

We know, as a staff, that our pupils’ literacy levels need to be raised to give our students the opportunity to live their best life. Working with pupils in one of the most deprived areas in the country, we are all teachers of literacy.

Literacy events – 2019/20