8 May '14

News Ten ways to improve student literacy

Our live chat on raising pupils' literacy levels brought up interesting suggestions, from setting a reading challenge to creating a word carpetEnsure mistakes are being picked up in students' work across all subjects: One strategy we've used to improve student literacy is giving all departments training on how to assess and mark writing for accuracy. We give five-minute presentations on ways of checking different mistakes. For example, in one half-term we focused on the use of apostrophes in students' writing. Teachers were reminded of the rules of apostrophes and asked to highlight mistakes in work they marked, irrespective of the subject. The idea behind the approach is to flag up how important accuracy is and make the point that clarity in writing will improve students' grades across all subjects. Continue reading...

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