What is literacy?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines literacy simply as ‘the ability to read and write’, however, education in Wales sees the need to go beyond this definition. Welsh Assembly Government documentation makes this statement linked to literacy in schools:

‘Literacy is an essential life skill. To make sense of the world around them, young people need an understanding of written and spoken language, the ability to interpret what has been written or said, and to draw inferences from the evidence that surrounds them. It is also about being able to communicate – accurately, fluently and persuasively.’ - Learning Wales 2013

Simply put, we all have a responsibility to work together as teachers and carers to improve the literacy of young people so as to offer them better opportunities as adults.

The literacy pages are designed to provide general advice on improving literacy and share the resources and strategies we are currently using within the school.