Literacy is key to learning and a strong predictor of outcomes in later life. Students who cannot read, write and communicate effectively are highly unlikely to access the challenging academic curriculum in secondary school.
Disciplinary Literacy is at the heart of everything we do at Ashton. There is a growing need to recognise that students need to access academic language and conventions in all subjects. Each subject has its own unique language, ways of knowing, doing, and communicating. Students need to explore for instance how a scientist reads or what the language of Maths is.
Every department recognises their role in developing students’ reading, writing, vocabulary, SPaG and oracy through their teaching. At Ashton, literacy is not solely the preserve of the English department. Click on a leaf below to see the exciting work we are doing at Ashton to develop these 5 strands.
Each department in school has a literacy lead (Quigleyites). They meet regularly and discuss how ‘disciplinary literacy’ applies to their subject area. They then feed these ideas back to their departments and also ensure that literacy is planned into the curriculum.
To view our Disciplinary Literacy Strategy please click here.