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Literacy is key to learning across all subjects in secondary school and a strong predictor of outcomes in later life. At Leytonstone School, we recognise that literacy is key to progress and that it is the responsibility of every teacher to deliver a literacy rich curriculum. We therefore aim to ensure students gain and consolidate high literacy skills across the school, not only in English. We believe this is essential for students’ well-being in secondary school and beyond.  

Literacy is also included in the ‘Pastoral curriculum’, with weekly Literacy Form Time activities. These are engaging and varied activities that aim to develop and secure vocabulary, oracy and reading. The activities include:

 ● mini debates, 

 ● activities on root words, suffixes and prefixes,

 ● origin of words

 ● idiomatic expressions 

● class readings 

● Academic words