In March last year we began the SSIF KS2 Literacy Programme aiming to improve literacy outcomes at KS2, based on the recommendations within the EEF literacy guidance document.
The programme objectives were to:
- Understand the key aspects of how children learn to read and write successfully, according to the most robust and recent evidence.
- Review, rethink and plan for sustainable change in order to improve standards in reading and writing.
- Understand the features of effective implementation.
Over the year, the programme, involving colleagues from across Doncaster, Barnsley and Sheffield schools, has included a blend of face to face training days and bespoke school to school support.
The SSIF KS2 Literacy Programme will come to an end in the summer term. As a thank you to all schools involved, System Leaders, Literacy Leads and Headteachers were invited to attend our Celebration Event at the Holiday Inn on 25th March.
The afternoon included an entertaining speech focusing on a ‘love of language’ from the poet Paul Cookson. Paul amused delegates with his poems and stories from his previous career as a Teacher and from his 29 years of working within schools as a poet.
This was followed by an opportunity for attendees to hear about the experiences of the literacy programme from several of the schools involved. Five partnerships and triads involved in the programme presented their own stories with examples of children’s work demonstrating the impact the programme has had within their schools. There was a strong theme of collaborative working across all of the showcases and it was great to hear what a positive influence the programme has had for both participating and supporting schools.
An external evaluation of the programme is underway and initial findings have shown:
- The programme is making a positive difference to teaching and learning.
- The programme is having a significant impact on the leadership of literacy.
- The follow-on support from SLEs has been of high quality and very much valued by schools.
The programme has received national recognition and Doncaster Research School is supporting the delivery of the programme across the country.
Following the success of Cohort 1, Doncaster Research School are delighted to have secured funding through the Opportunity Area for a second cohort involving 15 Doncaster schools. Plans are underway with face to face training days due to begin in June following a programme launch in May.
We would like to thank the programme development team, supporting SLEs and of course the participating schools, for their contribution to making the programme such a success.