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Literacy Guide for Schools 2016/17

In line with policy, informed by research, inspired by good practice

What is it?

Two school resources – one primary, one secondary.

Each resource:

  • interprets literacy policy changes and research.
  • advises on how this translates into the classroom and wider school
  • signposts to relevant content on our Network (and beyond) to support your planning and turn research into effective practice.

Both are designed to be used alongside the Annual Literacy Review

What areas are covered? 


Literacy Guide for Primary Schools 2016 17 front cover screenshot1. Early reading and phonics
2. Reading for enjoyment
3. Reading comprehension
4. Writing culture
5. Writing curriculum
6. Embedding the writing process
7. Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
8. Writing transcription - spelling and handwriting
9. Spoken language
10. Leadership and accountability

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Literacy Guide for Secondary Schools 2016 17 screenshot1. Leading literacy across the school
2. Reading for enjoyment and wider reading
3. Developing teachers' reading approaches and pedagogy
4. Supporting reading through interventions such as phonics
5. Writing engagement and enjoyment
6. Developing teachers' writing knowledge and pedagogy
7. Supporting writing through embedding spelling, grammar and punctuation
8. Developing spoken language skills 

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Access the 2015/16 primary and secondary versions (including Welsh language). 


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