Literacy at the heart of the curriculum

One of the most important skills we can develop in our students is literacy. It is vital that students have the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets them communicate effectively and make sense of the world. At every stage it unlocks new horizons. Students need to be readers and writers to gain proficiency with technology, develop relationships with others, confront and solve problems collaboratively. They need to be able to manage and analyse the information they access via the internet and respond accordingly and responsibly.

Every teacher at Bournside is a teacher of literacy in their own subject area. They recognise that in order for their students to think, explore, organise, learn and communicate effectively they need high-level literacy skills.

We want all of our students to develop a deep love of reading. Research repeatedly shows that reading for pleasure decreases with age. Research also shows that the best predictor of future education achievement and life success is reading ability. Our challenge therefore is to promote reading as a form of enjoyment and escapism while the reader is young.

From September 2018 the school has been working even harder to raise the profile of literacy and the love of reading.

Find out how we are putting literacy first