Developing Literacy

Schools face challenges in encouraging the rising generation to engage positively with reading. Society pays a big price if we get this wrong.  Some interesting research puts all of this into context:

  • Children and young people who do not achieve expected levels of literacy are more likely to be from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • 14% of children in lower income homes rarely or never read books for pleasure.
  • Parents are the most important reading role models for children and young people.
  • Only 1 in 5 parents easily find the opportunity to read to their children.
  • 10 to 16 year-olds who read for pleasure do better at school. (2013 research by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown from the Institute of Education)
  • Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education. (2013 research by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown from the Institute of Education)

At Tenbury High we promote Literacy through a range of activities.


  • daily reading opportunities for all year 7 and 8 pupils;
  • weekly reading time for all pupils in the school every Thursday
  • the Accelerated Reading Programme for all year 7s and 8s
  • Peer reading programme for less confident readers in year 7
  • Access to a well-stocked library every lunch, break and during lessons
  • Links to Tenbury town library

How can you help your child to succeed?

  • If your child is taking part in the Accelerated Reading programme then they need to read for twenty minutes a day for the programme to be successful.
  • Talk to them about their book: what are they enjoying; what do they think is going to happen; what would they do if they were X character.
  • Help them understand how to access new vocabulary and how the dictionary works.
  • Encourage them to read a broad range of books including fiction and non-fiction.

The following link allows you to filter books for boys, reluctant readers, dyslexia, age. etc:

Students can purchase books from this publication. The website link is below:


Across the school, we support writing in the following ways:

  • A marking and feedback policy which will focus on the quality of pupils’ written communication
  • Common areas for development of written communication
  • TAs who will look out for and highlight common technical inaccuracies in pupils’ work encouraging them to self-correct
  • Word of the week where students are rewarded for using new vocabulary

The following link will take you to an excellent website which has a range of activities which will help to improve writing: