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Teachers and Literacy 2015: Their perceptions, understanding, confidence and awareness

Added 03 Nov 2015

These findings are based on a teacher survey that we conducted in January/February 2015. 2,326 teachers from 112 schools in the UK participated. 

Almost all teaching staff across subject areas said it is their job to teach and promote literacy but many experienced teachers felt not equipped with the skills and knowledge to effectively deliver literacy outcomes in their subject area. This might explain a disconnect between the willingness to teach literacy and the knowledge and confidence to do so, with half (51.7%) of teachers saying that they feel a lack of knowledge is a barrier to improving pupils’ literacy in their school and almost a quarter (23.9%) of teachers saying they do not feel confident teaching the literacy set out in the new National Curriculum. 

These findings are based on a teacher survey that we conducted in January/February 2015. 2,326 teachers from 112 schools in the UK participated. We also explore  how teachers working in schools in England feel about teaching literacy, who they think are responsible for literacy in the school setting, their perceptions of what influences pupils’ literacy attainment, and of their pupils’ literacy. 

This report also focuses on teachers’ confidence teaching literacy, their own reading habits and the teaching resources that they like to draw on. Finally, it outlines information on teachers’ perceptions of school provisions and reading for enjoyment in schools.