The UK Literacy Association is proud to announce the first recipient of a brand new award. Frederick Bird Primary School in Coventry is the 2012 Literacy School of the Year: A school where literacy thrives
UKLA is a registered charity, which has as its sole object the advancement of education in literacy and is committed to promoting good practice nationally and internationally. UKLA President Alayne Öztürk said “We hope that this award will soon become an aspirational and recognised kite mark of excellence for schools”
Criteria have been formulated which reflect the wealth of international research into and experience of good literacy practices. Any UKLA member can nominate a school which they believe to be worthy of the award and independent assessors will visit the school in question to see their practice in action.
Frederick Bird is a large inner city primary school, rated by Ofsted as “Outstanding” and a designated national teaching school despite what might be described as “challenging” circumstances. Eighty two per cent of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, well above the national average. Forty four different languages are spoken at the school. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average and the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is over twice the national average. The assessors were most impressed by the way that “from Early Years to Year 6 and including the three libraries, there was clear evidence of the way literacy pervades the whole curriculum and ethos of the school” Every child they spoke to was enthusiastic about reading and able to talk about favourite books and authors. “Wherever we went there were high quality books, both classics and books by new authors.”
UKLA has invited Headteacher, Chris Lockwood, and her team to present a seminar to share their good practice at the UKLA International Conference in 2013, when they will also receive their Award. For further information please contact Brenda Eastwood: UKLA General Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org / 0116 2231664
The school’s literacy curriculum:
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