Literacy Aims and Objectives

Literacy at The Marches School and across The Marches Academy Trust:
Whole School Aims and Objectives 

We, as members of the Marches Academy Trust, believe that literacy is important for several reasons:

  1. Literacy is among the major antidotes for poverty.
  2. Literacy makes your life better.
  3. Literate people have more choices in their work and personal lives, leading to greater freedom.
  4. Literacy is great at teaching you how to think successively – that is, making meaning one step at a time to then build a story. Narrative is a key feature of learning and participating within society.
  5. Literacy soon becomes the currency of other learning.

Literacy features as the main priority for The Marches Academy Trust. With regards to whole school literacy at The Marches School, the School Development Plan identifies the following areas as being the key literacy focuses for the next stage of our development:

  • Consistency of the use of literacy across the school for all children
  • All children will write accurately and fluently with presentation being consistently high
  • Clear literacy expectations should be evident in every subject
  • Reading logs should be completed by all students, to support our ‘Reading School’ and log their reading throughout the academic year.
  • Sixth Form students are to use reading for extending their knowledge related to their academic subjects and participate in our Reading School
  • All students entering the school below expected literacy standards should make significant catch up and are able to swiftly join their peers

These aspects will be monitored throughout the academic year to identify our strengths as a school and identify where we need to go next. Regular updates will be provided to all members of the school community to help share our journey together.