INSET : Improving Critical Literacy across the Curriculum

Excellent, purposeful and effectively delivered

Evelyn Chua, Headteacher , Hampden Gurney Primary School

Supporting a rich and ambitious curriculum

This course will be essential to make sure your school is providing a rich curriculum which supports children’s development of reading and critical literacy across all subjects. With a greater emphasis on whether schools have adopted or constructed an ambitious curriculum, school leaders are now in a strong position to evaluate and improve how reading is taught in all areas of the curriculum and how they prepare all children to make good progress and become better prepared for the next stages of their learning.

What is Critical literacy?

Critical literacy moves the reader’s focus away from the “self” in critical reading to the interpretation of texts in different environmental and cultural contexts (Allen Luke, 2000).

This allows educators and students with an opportunity to read, evaluate, and reflect on texts, and embark upon the creative process of actively constructing or reconstructing texts.

Promoting reading across the curriculum

Do you know what good practice is and how to promote reading across the curriculum?
How can you make your school’s curriculum ‘language rich’?
Do you know how children can be inspired to draw on high-quality published and on-line texts?
Are you aware of the current framework and the changes for 2019 and the implications this has on teaching and leading within a school?
Do you know that all of your children are making good and better progress in reading in foundation subjects and how to evidence this?

Defining Reading and Literacy

• Establishing a clear definition of reading in terms of the critical literacy needed for success and full participation
• Reading for meaning to promote ‘critical literacy’
• Developing an ambitious curriculum

Inspection requirements for reading across the curriculum

• What are inspectors looking for and gathering evidence on?
• What implications do inspection frameworks and criteria have on how children should be taught reading
• Curriculum Intent and curriculum implementation – ensuring consistency.

A Practical Approach for Teaching ‘Critical Literacy’

• How to develop a genuinely cross-curricular approach to literacy:
• Speak like a …….
• Reading for meaning
• Zoom in and zoom out
• Structure and style

Literacy for all children (across all subjects)

• Skills of reading – practice and summarizing
• Evaluating texts
• Links to progress in writing and evidence-based research
• Meeting the needs of EAL and less-able readers.

This course is suitable for senior leadership team members of all key stages and those with responsibility for developing literacy across the curriculum.

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