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Every teacher is a teacher of literacy: Boosting reading skills

Continuing his series on teaching literacy across the curriculum, Matt Bromley focuses on practical ideas and advice for teachers of all subjects to boost pupils’ reading ability, including some tips to achieve quick progress

In this five-part series on literacy across the curriculum I’m making the case for literacy as a whole-school concern, arguing – as George Sampson did – that: “Every teacher is a teacher of English because every teacher is a teacher in English.”

This is part four and in the first three parts I’ve argued that literacy across the curriculum should:

I have also said that literacy learning should: be enjoyable, motivating and challenging; be actively engaging; activate prior learning, secure understanding and provide opportunities to apply skills; and develop learners’ functional and critical thinking skills.

What’s more, I have said, literacy learning – if it is to be done properly – should move beyond merely displaying key words or marking written work for spelling, punctuation and grammar, and focus on these three strands:

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