The approach towards improving standards of literacy in Wales is predicated on a strategic approach at school level that is supported by locally well-targeted and professionally-informed advice and guidance drawing on the best available evidence. The details of how to set about this challenge will be for individual schools to determine.
It is therefore not the intention to specify a particular amount of time that should be allocated to the teaching of English or Welsh. The model of the Literacy Hour is welcomed, but it will remain a matter for local discretion in Wales.
Literacy in Primary Schools - a report by OHMCI
This report is contained within Raising Standards of Literacy in Primary School. It outlines the features of good and poor practice and gives details of the characteristics of good practice including examples. It concludes with:
Key Issues For Action
- Achieving high standards of literacy should be a priority for all primary schools. The school development plan should recognise that priority;
- All schools should evaluate their performance regularly to identify strength and weaknesses in the teaching and learning of literacy skills, highlight specific priorities for action and focus effort on raising attainment;
- Schools and their governing bodies should set clear targets for improvement and take specific action to achieve those targets;
- School targets should be set in the context of school and national targets for improvement; they should state plainly the expected outcomes and the standards to be reached;
- Targets for improvement should be accompanied by clear plans for achieving them. The plans should include reference to curriculum content, teaching methods, assessment and the effective use of teaching time.
- Heads and curriculum leaders should take a direct interest in teaching and learning, actively monitoring and evaluating the quality and standards of work, setting realistic goals for improvement and providing support and encouragement for staff. They should convey high expectations and ensure progression in the development of pupils' literacy skills.