My work supporting schools for the last 3 years has varied hugely. From 2-3 year projects with clusters of schools, to one day, one off support days working with teachers – even one off staff meetings. One growing area I am being asked to provide support for, is to work with Literacy Co-ordinators as they try to spearhead an ever demanding drive for the best possible outcomes for the pupils across their school.
There is no ‘typical’ day to describe when I visit your school to work with your Literacy Co-ordinator, as these days are planned alongside the member of staff or Headteacher weeks before. However, there are a number of questions that come up frequently:
- Why do pupils say that writing and reading are the most boring subject areas? What can be done to change this?
- What can be done to make our boys want to write?
- We bought a load of iPad… How can we used these effectively instead of internet searching devices?
- How can I implement a new approach?
- How can I monitor the impact of what I am planning to do?
- How am I going to get SLT on board?
Simply talking through some of the above questions, sharing examples of what other schools are doing that have worked with me (some case studies here), planning action with achievable goals (with small steps) alongside a clear vision for tracking/monitoring progress will give your Literacy Co-ordinator a boost and some much needed support to tackle under performance in their subject. This may or may not involve rolling out blogging through your school but by the end of the day, after a whole school staff training session, a clear road map will be in place.
If you are interested in exploring how one of these days in your school could work, please fill out ‘Expression of interest’ form below and I will get in touch via email to find out more.