Best Practice

Case study: A focus on literacy and reading

Alun Ebeneezer explains how his school put boys’ literacy at the centre of teaching and learning...

Mention boys and literacy in the same sentence and the word challenging will invariably find its way in there as well.

Boys literacy was at the forefront of my mind when I was given the chance of a lifetime to become the first headteacher of a brand new school.

Fulham Boys School, an 11 to 18 secondary free school, opened its doors in September 2014 to satisfy demand for new secondary school places in the area.

Our school prides itself on its comprehensive intake: 15 per cent of the boys come from private schools and 40 per cent are eligible for free school meals. It is truly mixed in terms of social background, ethnicity and ability. We have pockets of real wealth here but also pockets of real deprivation. Our hope is that you don’t see the difference when they’re in school.

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