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Literacy is an extremely powerful tool which will enable students to access all aspects of the curriculum. Our aim is to improve the literacy skills of all our students at all levels. With parents’/carers’ support, we aim to equip students with the essential literacy skills to achieve academic success, which, coupled with our ‘Skills For Life program, enable them to participate in the highly competitive world of employment


You only get one opportunity to make a first impression and to engage your reader. As such, written accuracy is essential and it is essential to recognise that it is not acceptable to continue to make the same over and over again.


Top Ten Literacy Errors identified by the English Department:

  1. Was/were
  2. Your/you’re
  3. There/their/they’re
  4. Changes of tense- is/was
  5. Possessive apostrophe
  6. Its/it’s
  7. Missing words
  8. Jumbled syntax
  9. Plural – ys and ies
  10. Contractions

Make sure you’re looking out for these in your writing!


Our aim is to promote the value of accurate spellings and the impact it can have on their writing. The ‘Nifty Fifty’ identifies commonly misspelt words which many people struggle with, see below.


Many children leave primary school with fairly proficient reading skills. However, reading as a ‘life skill’ requires so much more than this. A modern day curriculum requires students to be able to access increasingly more complex texts as a means of achieving qualifications in a variety of subject areas.

How can reading ability be improved?

  • Ask questions about the text: Why? How? What might happen next?
  • Read regularly – 30 minutes a day! This might be the Accelerated Reader book or a book of your own.
  • Read with another person and then discuss the text
  • Read a variety of interesting texts e.g. fiction and non-fiction, magazines, newspapers
  • Visit a library or book shop to inspire varied reading

Below is a number of key resources which can be worked through, by your son/ward, to help them progress with their literacy.

  • Recommended reading lists per key stage
  • Literacy revision booklets

If you have any concerns regarding literacy, please contact:
Mrs Barr (barrl113@sflt.org.uk)
Mr Batchelor (batcj001@sflt.org.uk)


Please click here for a list of recommended reading



Year 9 Literacy Skills Builder booklet


Year 8 Literacy Skills Builder booklet


Year 7 Literacy Skills Builder booklet


'Nifty Fifty' Spelling List


KS3 Spelling List


Challenging book list


KS4 Recommended Reads


KS3 Recommended Reads