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Literacy at Glyn


“Better literacy leads to improved self-esteem, motivation and behaviour. It allows pupils to learn independently. It is empowering”.

Good literacy skills are a key factor in raising standards across all subjects.

Language is the main medium we use for teaching, learning and developing thinking, so it is at the heart of teaching and learning. Developing skills in literacy is about learning to use language to express, explore and communicate our thoughts, ideas and feelings with others. We do this through speaking, listening, reading and writing and getting better at literacy means making progress in each of these areas.

At Glyn, we understand how important good literacy is for your son’s development and life choices.

Did you know?

• Less than half of 8 to 16 year olds have read a book in the last month.

• 49% of children and young adults think that reading is boring.

• Children who enjoy reading are 5 times more likely to be ‘above average’  in their Reading Assessment levels.

• 22% of children report that no one at home encourages them to read.

• 1 in 3 does not own a book.

• 62% of boys do not enjoy writing and pupils at Key Stage 4 are the least likely to enjoy writing.

• Research shows that the average length of a student’s contribution to a class discussion is 4 words.

At Glyn we adopt a cross-curricular focus to promoting good literacy amongst our pupils and staff. We believe that promoting literacy is a whole school responsibility and not just that of the English department.  We invite you to join us in developing your son’s literacy at home.  

We have included some useful resources to aid you in supporting your son’s literacy and will be providing new resources on a regular basis. If you have any further questions about literacy at home or at school, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

Literacy at Glyn School is led by Ms R Picken

The following resources will help students with WRITING:

3 Part Essay Guide

100 difficult to spell words


Drafting Guidance Sheet

Glyn Literacy Placemat

How to Write a Newspaper Article


Tips to Improve Writing

Useful Analysis Words

Words Instead of Said

Writing a Speech

Writing about texts PEE CPEE

The following resources will help students with READING:

KS4 Reading List

KS5 Reading List

Writing about texts PEE CPEE

Year 7 Reading List

Year 8 Reading List

Year 9 Reading List

Literacy: a guide for parents

This document is a useful guide that helps parents and carers understand how children progress in English at each National Curriculum level. Also included are ideas for what you can do with your child to support

the development of their speaking and listening, reading and writing at home and help them make progress.

Literacy - A Guide for Parents