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Literacy through science

Science teacher Euan Douglas discusses his work to develop students’ literacy through and for science.

Prior to this year, literacy had been one of those issues that, in all honesty, I had never truly understood. I knew it didn’t just mean English. I knew it was important. However, I wasn’t really clear how a science department should contribute to what was certainly a whole-school issue.

Two lightbulb moments last summer made me realise why literacy needed to become a core part of what we were doing within the science department, and also how we could start to achieve this.

The first lightbulb went off when I was listening to Geoff Barton speak during the Teaching Leaders residential week last August. He spoke wonderfully about literacy and how it was the responsibility of every teacher, but also how it belonged to every subject. 

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