Month: November 2016

Literacy Leadership Part 2: Building With Care

Transformation can be incremental For the second part of this three-part series, we talked to Lisa Cliffe, the Literacy Lead at Meols Cop High School, an ‘outstanding’ school in Southport. Lisa is directly responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the Literacy Centre. This has given her a pivotal role in managing change as she implements the new intervention. Lisa sees the active involvement of SLT in the changes at Meols Cop as integral to the Centre’s success. “I’d say it was the most important thing. Communication with the whole staff was done by SLT, and they made it clear that this is what we’re doing, this is why, and you will see impact.” Knowing that she had the explicit support of the leadership team was vital to giving her the confidence she needed, and to securing the support of the wider staff. A key element of the school’s intervention was to align the new initiative with English rather than SEN. This seems to have focused the intervention on outcomes rather than diagnoses: “The low reading ages …