Time out for planning can have a big impact on good decision-making.
For secondary school leaders, it can be hard to know where to start when addressing literacy problems. Should we focus on what will give small gains to as many students as possible? Should we use one-to-one tuition or small groups? Will a focus on quality-first teaching in the classroom be enough? How do we intervene with the most stubborn learning problems, and how can we equip our staff with the skills they need to resolve the complexities of reading difficulties at this level?
We offer schools the opportunity to work with us to develop a whole-school literacy strategy, based on sound data collection and an understanding of school culture. We look at screening systems, detailed diagnostic assessment methods, and the most appropriate ways to deploy resources based on an analysis of student data; we then consider what works in the classroom, when and how to run small group instruction, and how to decide on an effective strategy for those with the most serious reading problems.
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