The Secret of Literacy

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crockett2Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by our Head of Geography Ben Crockett.  As a part of our CPD programme last year, Ben led an ‘EduBook Club’ group on David Didau’s book, ‘The Secret of Literacy’.


Ben started by exploring some of the more unhelpful views, some teachers hold about literacy:

  • “Literacy is a bit off putting, isn’t it?”
  • “Literacy sounds like it’s someone else’s problem.”
  • “Literacy as a thing is a bankrupt concept and ought to be avoided at all costs”.

Instead, Ben offered a more considered view, from the book:

“The knowledge of the subject is the language of the subject.  We cannot separate our ability to successfully understand and demonstrate our knowledge without being literate in our own subject field.  It should not be considered as a bolt on, nor is it just about SPaG”

He then went on to explore some key ideas from…

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