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How to boost your child's Literacy skills

No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than Literacy.

Literacy covers the three key areas of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.

At Kirk Balk all teachers are working hard to improve the literacy of all students. Literacy isn't just about English- to do well in their exams, students need a thorough grasp of Literacy skills in all their subjects. And it's not just about doing well in school. To succeed in the wider world, students increasingly need to be independently literate, both in the work place and in their encounters with people and organisations. A good grounding in Literacy enriches lives in many ways.


Did you know?


  • Less than half of 8 to 16 year olds have read a book in the last month.
  • 49% of children and young adults think that reading is boring.
  • Children who enjoy reading very much are 5 times more likely to be above average readers.
  • 22% of children report that no one at home encourages them to read.
  • 1 in 3 does not own a book.
  • 62% of boys do not enjoy writing and students at Key Stage 4 are the least likely to enjoy writing.
  • Students on free school meals have much less confidence in their writing ability.
  • Research shows that the average length of a student's contribution to a class discussion is 4 words.
  • A 4 year old with professional parents will have been exposed to 50 million words compared to 12 million words for a child from a disadvantaged background.

Teachers and parents together owe it to students to help them acquire the very best Literacy skills, in order to improve their chances in life and to enable them to succeed in whatever path they choose.