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What is disciplinary literacy?


The Education Endowment Foundation’s guidance, Improving Secondary Literacy, explains that disciplinary literacy is an approach to improving literacy within the curriculum thus emphasising a subject- specific focus. All teachers need to know how to teach students to read, write and communicate effectively in their subjects. School leaders can help this process by ensuring literacy training prioritises subject specificity over general approaches.

Our training is designed to help teachers understand how curriculum subjects communicate knowledge through literacy, and how they can support students to read, write and communicate effectively in their discipline.

This course

This online training involves one 90-minute session

One part: Wednesday 25th September 15:30 - 17:00

Course content

  • Review recent research and theory about academic language and disciplinary literacy
  • Identify literacy demands of curriculum subjects and the implications for teaching and learning
  • Try out practical strategies to develop disciplinary reading and academic vocabulary
  • Understand how language shifts from informal talk to formal writing
  • Use academic writing tools to support cohesive and coherent writing.


  • Secondary subject teachers, whole-school literacy leaders in schools that are new to this area of CPD


£70 for a single ticket