This book will to help students and practising teachers to understand the issues surrounding literacy, the place of transition in pupils' lives, and to feel confident in handling The National Literacy Strategy.
The book focuses on the crucial period when children complete primary schooling and begin in secondary schools. It examines the issue of transition from one phase to the other and specifically, the nature of literacy at this period. The authors contrast the `whole school' approach of primaries to the very subject-specific nature of secondary teaching.
The authors set the NLS in perspective, reviewing earlier movements such as Language across the Curriculum and the NLS itself. They offer a critique of the strategy and outline its strengths and weaknesses. The book sets out evidence of the way schools are reacting to the NLS, and what classroom teachers and their pupils think. Its coverage is comprehensive and includes focus on primary, secondary and middle schools, the teaching of literacy and English, the role of ICT, as well as important areas such as media education, drama and modern foreign languages.
This book will be useful to education students and to practicing teachers in primary and secondary schools.