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literacy audit

According to the DfE, 1 in 5 pupils left primary school in 2018 unable to read and write properly. The UK ranks 17th for literacy, among 34 OECD countries; it ranks 15th for numeracy (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).The implications of these data are far-reaching for schools, across all key stages.


The Literacy Audit toolkit is designed to support schools’ self-assessment and improvement journey, placing equal value on oracy, reading and writing to secure rapid progress.

You can use the Literacy Audit tool to:

  • Ensure literacy is seen as a whole school responsibility

  • Develop whole school literacy resources that are coherent, well produced and appropriate to diverse needs

  • Identify, implement and rigorously evaluate interventions

  • Focused review of your tracking and monitoring processes

  • Develop your reading comprehension strategies

  • Help you to evidence a strong writing culture in the school

  • Access best practice statements to support your evidence in the use of purposeful, curriculum focused dialogue and interaction across the school

  • Support the development of a responsive and fluent approach to whole school literacy

With a wealth of innovative suggestions, the toolkit can be used to as part of a process of school-to-school review and support, enabling school leaders to develop expertise, identify strengths and highlight areas for improvement. The toolkit will report on both historical and up-to-date literacy development across schools and MATs.

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Helen Prince

As English and Literacy Advisor to several multi-academy trusts - including the UK’s largest - Helen Prince works intensively across a diverse range of schools, providing leadership, inspiring vision, building teams, leading training, coaching and modelling good practice. Working adaptively alongside colleagues to improve outcomes, across all key stages, her work benefits from time spent as an OFSTED Inspector and Acting-Head in an all-through, combined SEMH and PRU setting.

Helen has worked on a number of cross-phase, literacy research projects for schools and charities, including developing a successful whole school approach to reading: Resilient Reader - an innovative reading resource designed to rapidly improve literacy outcomes. She has also introduced the use of google communities across trusts to share good practice and create coherent, English teaching partnerships, sharing innovations and creating local networks.

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Curriculum Audit

This audit will help you and your school consider its current curriculum provision and how effectively that provision is delivered.

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Literacy Audit

Supports schools’ self-assessment and improvement journey, placing equal value on oracy, reading and writing to secure rapid progress.

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Numeracy Audit

The Numeracy Audit toolkit is designed to support schools self-assess and create a manageable development plan to improve key fundamentals of numeracy.

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