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Secondary Literacy Research and Policy Guide 2020/21

Added 11 Dec 2020

The Secondary Literacy Research and Policy Guide aims to inform and support teachers, especially those who are leading and developing whole-school literacy.

Updated annually, the information in this guide will help you to make informed, professional decisions about literacy development in your school, and shape sustainable literacy strategies.

By collating and summarising key points from recent research and policy developments the guide bridges the gap between evidence and practice. In particular, each section aligns with a key area of focus within our Literacy for Learning programme, highlighting subject disciplinary literacy to support teachers as they develop talking, listening, reading and writing in their subject areas. These areas of focus are further explored in the secondary continuing professional development courses we offer.

Focus areas

  1. Leading disciplinary literacy
  2. Reading for pleasure and wider reading
  3. Reading for learning
  4. Building vocabulary within the curriculum
  5. Wider writing and writing in subject disciplines
  6. Talk for learning (oracy)
  7. Managing literacy interventions
  8. Links to references and further reading

Annual Literacy Toolkit

The Literacy Research and Policy Guide sits alongside our Annual Literacy Survey to support evaluation, reflection and ongoing strategic development of whole-school literacy. The toolkit can be built into your annual school-improvement cycle to provide a gateway to good practice that is informed by evidence, in line with policy and inspired by practical ideas.

Annual Literacy Research and Policy Guide - previous edition

If you missed the research and policy summaries from last year, please visit our page for the Annual Literacy Research and Policy Guide 2019/20.