What is Literacy?
There is no more important skill we can teach our students than literacy – the ability to read, write and communicate effectively. Literacy opens the doors to learning in every subject, so we pay particular attention to teaching our students to find information and read for meaning and pleasure. We know that clear accurate written expression can make the difference in finding employment and is essential in so many jobs today.
The importance of Literacy
At Stantonbury we have always promoted our students’ literacy and worked hard to ensure they achieve to the very best of their ability.
Now this is more important than ever with statistics showing a decline in literacy standards nationally.
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
- Of the parents that read to their children, just 17% are fathers.
- Children who enjoy reading very much are 5 times more likely to be above average readers
- 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
- Pupils on free school meals have much less confidence in their writing ability
- Research shows that the average length of a student’s contribution to a class discussion is 4 words
- A 4 year old with professional parents will have been exposed to 50 million words compared to 12 million words for a child from a disadvantaged background
- 63% of men and 75% of women with very low literacy skills have never received a promotion in the workplace.
We owe it to our students to give them the very best literacy skills, in order to improve their chances in life and to enable them to succeed in whatever path they choose.
At Stantonbury Campus we will be working hard to support your child’s literacy development in all subjects and we would welcome any time you could devote to this at home.
Please keep a check on the website and help us to help your child.