Literacy Intervention

Y7 – Y9

In Y7 – Y9 students may be eligible to have a timetabled lesson of Literacy each week. Students who have this provision are selected based on their attainment in English (reading and writing) as well as their Reading and Spelling Age scores.

Our number one priority in Literacy lessons is to develop students’ reading for meaning skills to enable them to access increasingly complex material in all subjects across the curriculum. We do this by embedding the PRISE (Predict, Read, Identify, Simplify and Enquire) process of close reading skills to help our students grow in confidence and independence. At GCSE level, students must be prepared to face lengthy source material, interpret quotations (which may include unfamiliar vocabulary) and tackle subject specific terminology. Even the exam questions themselves can prove to be a barrier for some of our students at GCSE level. We hope to instil, within our students, all the reading for meaning strategies that will set them up to be competent readers, while also broadening their repertoire of vocabulary to empower them to be confident speakers and writers.

To engage our students, and keep their learning relevant to real world contexts, Literacy lessons are centred around topical themes. Using material from First News – a weekly newspaper aimed at young people, we are able to tap into students’ interests in an accessible manner. We also like to challenge students with project-based work to highlight the truly cross-curricular nature of our subject.

Y10 – Y11

Only a small number of students will continue to have Literacy provision at this stage of their school career and this will consist of personalised one to one sessions or small group tutorials. These sessions can be flexible to tackle the most-specific weaknesses of each individual student.


Literacy students can expect two pieces of homework each half term. One of these will be a ‘research’ task where students may be asked to find out about something new. The other, will be a ‘creative’ task where students will produce a piece of extended writing, and explore a class topic more deeply. This will require them to either: explain, describe or persuade – all of which are writing skills that students will need to master in a range of GCSE subjects. “Creative” tasks will be marked by the teacher, who will give students written Literacy-specific feedback including two strengths and one area to improve.  For support, students will always be given a checklist and may use computers in the school library, which is open between 8am and 4pm.

 Whole School Literacy

For students who do not have Literacy Intervention lessons on their timetable, there are still plenty of enrichment opportunities that they can be involved in. These are designed to enhance students’ full range of communications skills and offer unique experiences in real world contexts.

BBC School Report: this is an annual event where Rawmarsh students get the chance to become real-life news reporters for the day. Last time out, a group of twenty Y9 students got the chance to research, record and edit their material for two news bulletins in real time, which were broadcast throughout lessons across the school. They even produced a news homepage for the school website – all in a good day’s work!

Rawmarsh School News – 1 o’clock bulletin

Higher Project Qualification (HPQ): another cohort of our most able and talented students from Y9 / Y10 completed this externally assessed project qualification this year, which involves an essay, project log and formal presentation. Topics included: ‘Why do we dream,’ ‘The Hobbit: from page to screen’ and ‘How does being a carer impact on a person’s mental and physical wellbeing?’ Run by the AQA exam board, successful students obtain an additional half a GCSE for their efforts.

Rawmarsh Life: several Rawmarsh students have become published writers after having their articles included in recent editions of Rawmarsh and Parkgate Life – a local magazine which is sent out to all homes in the school’s catchment area. The magazine comes out each term and there will be plenty of opportunities for students to feature in the next edition.

Red Road FM: twenty four of our students from Y6 – Y9 have had the chance to take part in a four part radio broadcasting master class. After getting six hours of expert tuition from presenters and producers Trevor and Aaron from the radio station, our students then take to the airwaves, presenting a live 3 hour show to the whole of South Yorkshire (and beyond) on Red Road FM.

Y6 Literacy Masterclasses: around fifty Y6 students from all six of our feeder schools too part in a 13 week programme of weekly sessions aimed to stretch and challenge our most able future students.

Recent Faculty News

Literacy Intervention Staff

Mr J Skirrow
Literacy Co-ordinator

Y9 Options Pathway

Reminder: Y6 Transition Evening for prospective students - Wednesday 18th September 5pm & 6pm