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At St Andrew’s, we are continuing to grow a culture of reading across our whole community and curriculum.  You can find our full Reading and Literacy Strategy here.

Current research strongly indicates that literacy is key to learning across all subjects in secondary school and a strong predictor of outcomes in later life.


Disciplinary literacy is an approach to improving literacy across the curriculum that emphasises the importance of subject-specific support. We believe that all teachers should be supported to understand how to teach students to read, write and communicate effectively in their subjects.


Language and literacy provide us with the building blocks not just for academic success, but for fulfilling careers and rewarding lives. Therefore, developing a love of reading enables students to develops the skills needed to become life-long learners.

All students will:

  • Have access in every classroom, and digitally at home, to a Knowledge Organiser for every topic within every subject containing key vocabulary, important contextual information and resources to support learning - these can be accessed here

  • Read at least 3 books every academic year through their school curriculum and tutor time reading programme 

  • Have access to the Learning Resource Centre outside of lesson time, both before school, during break/lunch and after school

  • Be shown how to use the Learning Resource Centre, find books and literature that captures their interest and imagination 

  • Have access to bespoke literacy intervention where required 

  • Have fortnightly lessons with the Learning Resource Centre throughout Key Stage 3

  • Be able to access reading and writing competitions throughout the year.

Reading and Literacy

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