Whole School Literacy

“Literacy is … the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
Kofi Annan (co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize)

Developing key literacy skills is of the utmost importance at SMCC.  The development of an effective literacy skillset (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) is fundamental to the achievement of a rich and fulfilling life. We use these skills every day in order to communicate with, and make sense of, the world around us.  There are also newer forms of literacy, which we incorporate in our teaching at SMCC, relating to the development of digital technology and the use of multimedia.

Whilst the English department drives literacy within our school, all teachers have a responsibility for raising standards.  As such, all curriculum areas focus on improving literacy within their subject.  This includes developing new subject specific vocabulary, both orally and in writing; refining reading skills, including skimming and scanning; and improving grammatical accuracy.

Due to the stringent reading demands in many of the new GCSEs, this skill is considered as highly important.  To support the success of our students, across the breadth of subjects, we encourage them to read daily for a minimum of 20 minutes.  In doing so, we are assisting them to make great progress.  We regularly reward and celebrate the time and effort our students put into their reading.

Improving literacy impacts on all learning, and, as such, will impact on students’ self-esteem, motivation, behaviour and attainment. It allows them to learn independently and is empowering.  Literacy provides students with the tools that they need to communicate effectively both in school, and for the future.  This is why it is so important to us at SMCC.