“Literacy is…

…the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realise his or her full potential.”

Kofi Annan

At Birchwood, we recognise that success in all subjects depends on the foundation of good literacy skills. Our staff is clear in the belief that each student should be a literate student and have the confidence and abilities to tackle their work with a complete set of literacy skills. We encourage parents, carers and students themselves to make use of the resources on this page and to talk with their teachers to find out what more they can do to keep improving their literacy skills.

Transferable Literacy Skills

Year 11 students have sessions during form time when they take part in activities to support their development of reading and writing across the curriculum.

Reading Books

Students in year 7-10 take part in sessions of silent reading during form time, and are expected to carry a reading book with them.

Marking for Literacy

All staff use the marking for literacy symbols to help students improve their spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and paragraphing.

Paired reading scheme

Selected pupils in year 7 are chosen to read with a year 10 partner in the Library during form time to help them to improve their understanding and reading ability.

Building Vocabulary

Research on vocabulary’s impact on academic achievement has been proven time and again, and we at Birchwood believe that this is an important area that we need to explicitly address in order to narrow achievement gaps.  One way that we do this is by investing in the Bedrock Learning program for all year 7-10 students.

Try these to help you write even better:

Suggestions to make you an even better reader:

How you can help at home: