Literacy – The Challenges in Hastings

Literacy  is an essential building block for learning. Pupils who achieve high standards in literacy are more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, and subsequently progress to a rewarding career.

Poor standards of literacy make individuals and communities more vulnerable to inequality, increasing the risk of social exclusion and undermining social mobility.


At age five, the proportion of children in Hastings achieving communication and language goals is above the national average, but from age six, children in Hastings start to fall behind their peers nationally with disadvantaged pupils falling behind the most.

In 2016, pupils made less progress in reading between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 than their peers across England, with 54% of disadvantaged pupils (54%) leaving primary school with a reading level below the expected standard.


In 2016 at secondary school, 65% of pupils in Hastings achieved a grade C or above in English in 2016, dropping to 48% amongst disadvantaged pupils. This compares to 75% of pupils nationally .

What are we doing?


Literacy Hub

Creating Literacy Hub with the National Literacy Trust, to kick start long term initiatives, including a Hastings wide Literacy Campaign

School & College Initiatives

Funding schools to implement programmes tailored to their needs

Improving Early Teaching

Improving Teaching of Literacy and Language to 3 – 6 year olds in Hastings.