Traditionally literacy has been commonly defined as the ability to read and write at an adequate level of proficiency that is necessary for communication.  More recently however, literacy has taken on several meanings.  Technological literacy, mathematical literacy, and visual literacy are just a few examples. While it may be difficult to gauge the degree to which literacy has an impact on an individual’s overall happiness, one can easily infer that an increase in literacy will lead to the improvement of an individual’s life and the development of societies.


A Curriculum for Excellence has placed Literacy at the heart of our education system in Scotland. Here, at Deans Community High School, we take Literacy very seriously and all teachers are strongly committed to improving the standards of literacy of all our students.




Literacy in our Learning Community. 

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories.

Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity…

Literacy is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right....

Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”      

Kofi Annan

(Ghanaian diplomat and seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.)



Session Priorities

Our priorities have been identified through consultation with individual departments (see Literacy Feedback Pro Forma uploaded below)

Dec - process words [R/W]
Jan - Writing Frames [with mats - report, newspaper, letter etc] [W]
Feb - Spelling Strategies and project [R/W]
Mar - Presentations [solo/group talk rules and roles] [T/L]
April - Reading for information [using relevant data] [R/W]
May - Listening for instruction/summarising using relevant points [L/W]
June - Literacy Department Evaluation

If you want any help or advice, or even need resources, in supporting and promoting literacy, please contact:


February Literacy Focus 

“Reading, Writing and Talking are skills students mainly learn in English, but their application in other places across the curriculum becomes LITERACY”


Students engage in writing tasks across the curriculum, but often students don’t clearly make the link between what they learn about certain types of writing in English when asked to write in other subjects.


The writing mats are a series of resources designed to help staff and students revise the key skills of certain types of writing (newspaper reports, letters, reports) before completing writing tasks of this type in subjects other than English. The aim is threefold:

1. to reinforce key literacy skills
2. to establish a consistent strategy to     teach writing across the curriculum
3. to provide staff with resources to help them do this.


These resources, and further information about their development, can be found on GLOW and in Departments/ Literacy.  They are basic resources which are designed to be adapted by staff however they see fit. More resources are in development and please feel free to provide feedback on these resources. If you would like any more information, please see Gary or Ali in English or speak to your department literacy link. If you are outwith our school, please feel free to contact us and we'll do our best to help.

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