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Literacy for Life

book spines 2Literacy for Life takes a revolutionary approach to improving secondary school language and literacy.

The programme is designed to reduce the attainment gap between free school meals (FSM) students and non-FSM students by addressing the key language and literacy deficit that many disadvantaged students bring to secondary school.  

Centred on the student, Literacy for Life develops academic language while building enjoyment of reading to ensure that students gain the necessary skills for future personal and national prosperity.

Through robust, evidence-based CPD training and coaching, teachers are provided with the skills and knowledge they need to inform their curriculum provision and classroom practice to drive whole school improvement. Literacy Leaders will also be accredited in partnership with the University of Exeter.

Funded by the JJ Charitable Trust, the National Literacy Trust is delivering Literacy for Life with six schools from the Aldridge Foundation and the Ormiston Academies Trust:

  • Brighton Aldridge Academy
  • Darwen Aldridge Academy
  • Kensington Aldridge Academy
  • Ormiston Forge Academy
  • Ormiston Horizon Academy
  • Ormiston Venture Academy

Feedback on Literacy for Life:

“It's clear from the governor's point of view there are [lots of] elements technical competence of teachers in terms of literacy but one of the differences [Literacy for Life] is making is that it's the whole culture of the academy now.  People are thinking differently and teachers in departments other than English are thinking differently about the significance of literacy."

Govenor, Ormiston Forge Academy

“One of the reasons we are so excited to be involved in the National Literacy Trust's research is because of the impact it will help us have on increasing literacy competency across our academy, in every classroom, every lesson, every day, to ensure all students are fully supported to achieve success in the next stage of their education”

Louise Brown, Assistant Principal of Learning and Teaching, Ormiston Venture Academy

“Literacy over the last two years, across all subjects, has been driven in a very purposeful way. I hear staff in lessons all the time saying "you need to sound the expert", pushing students to use standard English. Its been really good because it is the whole package.”

Jodie Gilbert-Barnham, Ormiston Venture Academy

Next steps: cross-curricular CPD

Our Literacy for Life programme is driven by the need for pupils to understand and engage with the language of the classroom.

We have used our experience in this area to develop our new cross-curricular 3-day professional development programme Language and Literacy within the Curriculum. We are recruiting schools nationwide - find out more.

Schools in the South West - next month this training will be starting in Plymouth and places are still available. Click here to find out more and book your places. 

To find out about our range of programmes and events to support schools please visit our training and workshops page.

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.