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Literacy Standards

Magazine article NATE Classroom

Literacy Standards

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, HM Chief Inspector, does not seem to be a man to beat about the bush when he wants to say something. Following on from the publication of the Ofsted report, in March (see pages 13-15), he argued that progress on literacy standards had stalled in the UK and that the country was being overtaken by other leading nations.

'There can be no more important subject than English. It is at the heart of our culture and literacy skills are crucial to pupils' learning for all subjects. Yet too many pupils fall behind in their literacy early on. In most cases, if they can't read securely at seven they struggle to catch up as they progress through their school careers. As a result, too many young adults lack the functional skills to make their way in the modern world.'

He went on to state that good leadership in schools would lie at the heart of desired improvements. In 2011, 45% of students who gained a lower level 4 in primary schools for English failed to achieve the expected C grade at GCSE in the same subject.

He wanted to see schools reporting reading ages alongside national curriculum levels in their reports. From September 2012, Ofsted would prioritise inspections for schools with the lowest levels for literacy. The focus on phonics would be sharpened in inspections for all teacher training institutions, primary, secondary and FE providers. Ofsted would be publishing a report indicating what works best in terms of literacy across the curriculum within secondary schools.

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, was quick to applaud.

'Addressing the barriers to raising literacy standards must be a top priority for schools, communities and employers ... we support the Chief Inspector in his call to renew a national drive for higher standards and greater engagement with parents.'

To read the report mentioned above visit: ofsted.gov.uk/resources/moving-english-forward

Carnegie and Kate Greenaway short lists

The short lists for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie prize for fiction and the Kate Greenaway prize for illustrated books were announced on 27.3.12. The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony on June 14th 2012.

CILIP Carnegie shortlist 2012

My Name is Mina by David Almond

Z Small Change For Stuart by Lissa Evans

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis I

Trash by Andy Mulligan

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by

Annabel Pitcher

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Septys

CILIP Kate Greenaway shortlist 2012:

Wolf Won't Bite by Emily Gravett

Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek

A Monster Calls by Jim Kay (text by Patrick Ness)

Slog's Dad by Dave McKean (text by David Almond)

Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner

The Gift by Rob Ryan (text by Carol Anne Duffy)

There Are No Cats In This Book by Viviane Schwarz

Can We Save The Tiger? by Vicky White, text by Martin Jenkins

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To find out more about these books and the benefits of shadowing the prizes with your pupils visit:

carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowingsite/

Teachers and librarians invited to take part in campaign

The Siobhan Dowd Trust has announced that Michael Rosen, Poet and ex-Childrens' Laureate will be on the judging panel of a schools campaign, which is asking teachers and librarians for their ideas about how they encourage a love of books in their schools. The Trust will use the entries to build up a database of ideas which can be shared and swapped ... and the ten best or most innovative ideas will receive 1000 [pounds sterling] worth of books selected by experts as some of the titles which every school should have one (or more) copies of. …

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