WHAT IS WHOLE SCHOOL LITERACY?
A whole school literacy program involves every teacher in every subject. As teachers, we share responsibility for pupils' learning. A school should not rely on the English faculty alone to teach essential reading and writing skills. Schools without a cohesive literacy strategy sacrifice consistency and the opportunity to help struggling pupils.
WHOLE SCHOOL LITERACY. WORKING TOGETHER.
WHO CAN ORGANISE A WSL PROGRAM?
Anyone. Some schools appoint a Literacy Coordinator, some schools make literacy the responsibility of a member of the leadership team. He or she might be a Deputy Principal or a Chemistry Teacher. A Literacy Coordinator needn't be an English teacher. If you're a teacher, you can be a teacher of literacy.
Start by suggesting your school adopts the WholeSchoolLiteracy.com Editing Symbols as a universal approach. Click here for a PowerPoint slidepack (coming soon) to use in a presentation to Heads of Department and other staff. Once the message gets out that there are huge gains for pupils and reduced workloads for staff, your job is easy.
Some teachers will have to make slight adjustments to the annotations they use currently. It's worth it. Students need consistency. Students need clear, simple solutions to their writing issues. It’s all here and it’s all free. Don't worry: this website will never charge its users to access essential resources.
Regular updates are a must. A one-off approach tends not to work. There are lots of methods to keep staff and pupils interested in literacy. Click here for information about Commander Comma’s Correction Collection – a series of weekly grammar exercises. They’re designed to be delivered in two or three minutes at the start of year level assemblies or life skills lessons.