Leeds East Academy

High Quality Literacy at Leeds East Academy


On Monday 27th November, our teaching body met for a 2-hour twilight session to share the launch of the new Literacy Strategy at LEA and explore strategies to drive literacy forward at whole school level. In the Main Hall, Ms Widnall and  members of the English department shared the school’s new Literacy Strategy with staff and the phases in which they would like to see the various priorities ‘live’ across the academy.  

 The Literacy Strategy document in full can be read on our new Academy website (coming soon) but our four Literacy Priorities moving forward are:

  1. To develop a whole school approach to improving literacy.
  2. To improve standards of listening, reading, writing and speaking skills across the academy.
  3. To prepare students for exam success and for success outside the educational setting.
  4. To raise the profile of reading across the academy.

 Ms Widnall said: “We feel that these priorities really hone our interest in developing key skills within our students, equipping them for their academic examinations here at the academy, but also preparing them for life after school and fostering a culture of importance around literacy skills which our students will carry forward into adulthood.”

The session then focused on development of specific literacy skills, with a circus themed carousel of activities and stalls, each led by an expert from the English department, after which we reconvened in departments to discuss strategically the next steps to take at subject level. It was an extremely positive, engaging and interactive event and the staff found it useful in terms of embedding high quality literacy in their daily practice.