EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP OF LITERACY IN SCHOOLS Michael Gun-Why English Consultant/Literacy Lead Harris Federation Y. Kassam “Who benefits from Literacy?” What is unique about leading Literacy in schools? What is unique about leading Literacy in schools? A combination of possible responses: It involves every person in the building, from staff members to pupils. Compare to SEN, T&L, Assessment, Subject Specific. The problem of leadership.. The outcomes of “outstanding” provision can be difficult to measure. How to measure culture? Reading for pleasure? It involves reading, writing, speaking and listening in every subject. Other subjects assessing in these areas – MFL, English? There are very few, if any, quick wins It addresses all ability ranges. SEN to G&T… The situation requiring leadership is highly Different schools lead it from different positions. VP? AP? Head of English? available. Literacy skills require deep learning over an extended period of time. school specific. Pupil cohort upon arrival? Ethnicity? What do Ofsted say about delivering “outstanding” Literacy provision? Improving literacy in secondary schools: a shared responsibility. April, 2013 1) Setting Literacy within a T&L framework. 2) No quick fix. 3) Requires active support of Principal and senior team across the curriculum. 4) Show what’s in it for us (across all subjects). 5) Using Specialist knowledge to support staff. 6) Learning from each other and sharing good practice. 7) Embedding good practice in SOW and developmental planning. 8) Making full use of the librarian and relevant resources. 9) Systematic and effective monitoring and evaluation. 10) Recognising there is no one way to get it right. So, what is effective leadership of Literacy and how can we do it? What is effective leadership of Literacy? 1) Setting Literacy within a T&L framework. • Include Literacy Learning Objectives. • Include Literacy on Lesson Plans. • Have a whole-school Literacy Marking Code. • Have a whole-school guide to types of reading, forms of writing and frames for speaking and listening. • Include Literacy in Lesson Observations/Performance Management. • Make Literacy a prominent feature of whole staff CPD. What is effective leadership of Literacy? 2) No quick fix. • Write a three-year plan. • Make specific demands of the timetable and staffing to meet Literacy needs. • Research your Literacy provision thoroughly, if it is programme based, buy into one, then stick with it. Literacy programmes require staff expertise. 3) Requires active support of Principal and senior team across the curriculum. • Form a Literacy Working Party that meets half termly. • A powerful gesture is for the Principal and Senior Team to attend staff CPD. • Ensure that the Principal and Senior Team model best practice. What is effective leadership of Literacy? 4) Show what’s in it for us (across all subjects). • Win the argument that if Literacy issues are solved by the end of KS3, then GCSE results will look after themselves. • Share the reading ages of individual subjects GCSE exams. 5) Using Specialist knowledge to support staff. • Share expertise from English departments. • Up-skill staff, it is their biggest anxiety! 6) Learning from each other and sharing good practice. • Weekly Literacy briefings or circular emails. • Designate departments as having Literacy specialisms i.e. P.E is a great area to develop S&L skills. What is effective leadership of Literacy? 7) Embedding good practice in SOW and developmental planning. • Have Literacy on all pro-forma. 8) Making full use of the librarian and relevant resources. • Tracking and monitoring. • School-wide events. • Reading groups and intervention. • Links to subjects. 9) Systematic and effective monitoring and evaluation. • Track Reading Ages and Spelling Ages, again find a reliable test and stick with it. What is effective leadership of Literacy? 10) Recognising there is no one way to get it right. • There is no one right way… • Strong leadership with a sense of vision and purpose is essential. • Prominence within the school community is essential. • Consistent communication and high expectations are essential.