Improving literacy

Hastings _ improving literacy

Our aim

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

We are:

  • 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