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Literacy leadership in secondary schools

Added 18 Oct 2023 | Updated 17 Oct 23

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Leading literacy: the role and its impact

Ofsted states that, “Literacy includes the key skills of reading, writing and oral communication that enable pupils to access different areas of the curriculum”. A literacy leader is the person who makes this happen.

If you are new to literacy leadership, or seeking up-to-date insights to support you in your existing role, then this resource provides a helpful framework for developing an impactful literacy strategy for whole-school planning and to target areas for improvement.

Literacy leaders have a role across the whole school, and their responsibilities encompass activities such as:

  • analysis of data and evidence
  • strategic planning
  • observing and developing practice in teaching and learning
  • delivering CPD
  • leading interventions

Using our literacy leadership resource

This resource explores different aspects of the literacy leadership role and the knowledge you will need to develop. It covers essentials of the role, including the wider team of colleagues who can provide support, as well as a checklist of activity to help you measure progress.

We have also included guidance for conducting a learning walk, with a prompt sheet to record your observations.

Further support for leading literacy

If you find this resource helpful and want to develop your literacy leadership knowledge and skills further, please explore these options:

NPQLL: In partnership with Education Development Trust (EDT) we are offering the National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy (NPQLL).

CPD: Our secondary training courses are aligned with evaluation and research from the Education Endowment Foundation and emphasise the practical application of research in the classroom. Discover our secondary CPD courses and how they can help you.

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