Literacy is a whole school focus at Orchardside. Many of our students arrive at Orchardside with low levels of literacy which significantly impacts on their ability to effectively learn and make progress. Consequently, we prioritise raising the literacy levels of our students and in so doing, improve their overall life chances.
We aim to ensure all our staff working with students have the expertise to improve the literacy skills of our students in all lessons. Training (The Lilac programme) has been delivered by the Local Authority to key staff during 2017-18, and will be delivered to all staff in the academic year 2018-19.
For students needing immediate support with their literacy skills, we have individual programmes delivering the following tailored schemes to quickly raise the student’s ability to effectively engage in the curriculum:
- Lexia reading programme
- Units of Sound
- Catch Up Literacy Programme
Our Assessment and Marking Policy requires teachers to be supporting students’ improvements in Literacy through their regular assessment practices.
We have secured the service of a Speech and Language Therapist to work with individual pupils on improving their communication skills and understanding the structure of language and communication. This will further secure improvements in the levels of literacy of those students supported in this work.
Our Pupil Premium funding has been used to support these initiatives and impact on closing the gap in attainment of those disadvantaged students.