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Case study: Achieving tough but aspirational targets in English

Case study: Achieving tough but aspirational targets in English

Charged with transforming her school’s English GCSE outcomes, Anna Martin was given a range of tough but aspirational targets. She explains some of the wider strategies and specific interventions they used – many of which could work across any…

Future Leaders, 21st May 2015
At the chalkface: Abuses of literature

At the chalkface: Abuses of literature

“He who has read Kafka’s Metamorphosis and can look into his mirror unflinching may technically be able to read print, but is illiterate in the only sense that matters,” opines George Steiner, polyglot and professor of All Known Thought.…

Ian Whitwham, 14th May 2015
Pupils 'caught' reading as part of school's literacy focus

Pupils 'caught' reading as part of school's literacy focus

From setting up book clubs to asking pupils to act as reading mentors, schools are full of ideas about how to inspire young readers. But now a Manchester secondary school has come up with an original campaign to promote a reading culture among its st…

Emma Lee-Potter, 30th April 2015
'Cells' inspire talented young poets

'Cells' inspire talented young poets

“The future of literature is in good hands with poets like these around.” Those were the words of poet Peter McDonald, one of the judges of the 2015 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, an annual award to encourage aspiring poets aged 16 to 18. …

Emma Lee-Potter, 30th April 2015
SATs re-sits: Weighing or fattening?

SATs re-sits: Weighing or fattening?

Weighing or fattening? Helen Morris and Dr Val Hindmarsh ask whether re-testing in key stage 3 is the best response for pupils seen as ‘failing’ in key stage 2   David Cameron’s election manifesto pledge to make pupils resit their…

23rd April 2015

At a glance headlines: March 19, 2015

A resource supporting employer engagement, new Apprenticeship courses, and a global poetry competition are among the SecEd at a glance headlines for March 19, 2015. Employer links A “Connect Card”, offering a checklist of five key questions …

19th March 2015
Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

With so many pupils not speaking English at home, literacy was proving a key barrier to achievement at Lorna Owen’s school. She discusses the action taken to tackle this problem.   Holyhead School has its challenges. The school is situated in…

Future Leaders, 12th March 2015
Pupils reading 209,533 words a year each, but concerns remain about drop at secondary level

Pupils reading 209,533 words a year each, but concerns remain about drop at secondary level

The number of words children read every year begins to decline when they reach year 7 and continues to fall throughout much of secondary school, the annual What Kids Are Reading report has revealed. The survey is based on the reading habits of 580,309 …

5th March 2015
Frank Lampard aims to inspire as national literacy ambassador

Frank Lampard aims to inspire as national literacy ambassador

England and Manchester City footballer Frank Lampard has been appointed an official ambassador for the National Literacy Trust in a bid to inspire young people – particular boys – to get reading. Mr Lampard, who is now a children’s au…

29th January 2015
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