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Raising Achievement by Improving Writing  In December 2014, Lydia Pride led INSET on Literacy, the focus of which was improving writing across the curriculum in years 7-11. We explored writing samples from our current Year 7 and considered the importance of writing to describe and/or explain to GCSE outcomes in Year 11. The Budehaven Written Style Guide 2014-15 was launched.

Collaborative Book Review  In November 2013, Lydia Pride led INSET on Literacy, the focus of which was progress in Year 7. We collaborated on a work scrutiny, looking for evidence of Year 7 progress in Literacy. We also evaluated our use of the new exercise book and identified ‘Bright Spots’ which were photographed and saved to our Staff Pool.

Literacy Launch Sept 2012  In September 2012, Sally Hague led INSET on our Literacy (re) Launch.

Shared Literacy Targets

Literacy Targets 2014-15  These are displayed in subject classrooms. Subject teams have selected two targets for active teaching during the year, as appropriate to the Literacy requirements in their subjects.

Presentation Our cross-curricular focus for the first half-term of each academic year.

Presentation Success Criteria

Marking and Feedback

Marking for Literacy

Marking for Literacy – electronic version


Reading Strategies

Summary and Synthesis Article

Reading Skills Summary and Synthesis

Readability Test  You can test a webpage, or cut and paste a chunk of text to see whether the text you have chosen is suitable for the reading ages of your students


Our own Written Style Guide. This document will be issued to every student in Years 7-11 in December of 2014. Students are expected to carry this booklet in their school bags and and make frequent reference to it both in lessons and when completing work at home.**

The Teaching Sequence for Writing

Non-fiction Text Types and their Conventions

Skeleton Frameworks   This presentation contains suggested writing frames for text types used across the curriculum

Punctuation Definitions


Videos to promote discussion


Subject Specific Spellings Lists  from Geoff Barton

Spelling Strategies for Secondary

Whole-School Vocab and Spelling Ideas

KS3 Yr7 Spelling Bank

Teaching for Progression in Spelling

How to teach… spelling  An interesting article with lots of useful links (requires free sign up to download resources).


Fish in the Tree Report on Dyslexia in the UK

Dyslexis Facts and Figures

Spotting Dyslexia

Helping Dyslexic Children

Video of Strategies

Open University Dyslexia Toolkit for KS5

Wider Contexts


As a result of an increased profile for ‘SPAG’ in our primary schools, we can expect our new Year 7 cohort to have an increased awareness of the workings of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Sample test materials and overview documents can be access below for your interest:

2013 KS2 SPAG Framework Document

Sample KS2 SPAG Test Short Answer Booklet

Sample KS2 SPAG Test Script Spelling

Sample KS2 SPAG Test Spelling Booklet

KS2 SPAG Text Glossary of Terms


Oftsed have recently published a document on Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools.

There are two very notable quotations with implications for our approach to Literacy:

“departments were likely to identify different literacy priorities and approaches as being particularly useful in their subject area” p.6   In our school, departments have chosen literacy targets for active teaching in their own subject areas. these are on prominent display.

“where staff had included an objective for literacy in all the lessons, senior managers noted an improvement in outcomes across all subjects” p.7  Our departmental literacy targets can be worked into lesson objectives to facilitate the modelling of literacy skills as relevant across the curriculum.

If you can contribute a resource, please email ljp@budehaven.cornwall.sch.uk