Obtaining an acceptable level of literacy and numeracy can greatly improve many factors in life, including improvements to your social life, education and career prospects. The ability to read, write, and understand information, can hugely affect your employability. If you have poor literacy and numeracy skills, there is plenty of help available to improve your future prospects.
Strong literacy and numeracy skills lay the foundation for all students to succeed at school, at work and their daily life.
When students enter in Year 7 they will take a short assessment which helps us understand their literacy and numeracy ability. We will take this information and seek to work with you to ensure your literacy and numeracy allows you to access your learning so you can progress swiftly and gradually. Some of you will need more support and we will meet with you to discuss what this looks like, but would include dedicated reading and one-to-one time.
Literacy is not just the ability to read and write; it includes the capacity to read, interpret and critically appreciate various forms of communication including spoken language, printed text, broadcast media, and digital media.
Literacy has been defined in various ways over the years. Previously, being able to sign your name was considered a reasonable sign of literacy. A more recent definition of literacy is the understanding, evaluating, using and engaging with written texts to participate in society, to achieve personal goals and ambitions and to develop knowledge and potential.
Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in ways that will allow us to communicate effectively to a variety of different audiences and to make sense of the world. Reading and writing, when integrated with speaking, listening and viewing and critical thinking, constitutes valued aspects of literacy in modern life. Literacy is a critical component to ensure all students have the best chance to succeed in their studies and everyday life.