We want children and young people in Hastings to develop the literacy skills they need to be successful.
Why is this an issue?
- Literacy is an essential building block for learning
- From age 6, children in Hastings start to fall behind their peers with disadvantaged pupils falling behind the most
- At secondary school, pupils in Hastings underachieve compared to pupils nationally
- We are not yet getting this right. If we are to improve social mobility, we must improve literacy levels for Hastings’ pupils
- Launching a Hastings town-wide literacy campaign with parents, schools, the community and employers in the summer term 2018
- Improving the teaching of literacy in early years and key stage 1 in 15 schools in Hastings through a focus on speech and language development
- Ensuring that schools have access to training and resources to improve the teaching of phonics
- Supporting families to develop early literacy in the home
- Launching a fund for schools and colleges to use evidenced based approaches to improve literacy
Our targets for 2021:
- At least 85% of pupils to be meeting the expected standard in phonics
- Pupils in Hastings to be in the top half of the country in reading and English at all key stages, with disadvantaged pupils making more progress than disadvantaged children nationally