At Darwen Vale, we believe in the importance of developing students’ reading, writing and communication skills through high expectations and regular daily practice. We have a whole school focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) and every teacher takes responsibility for literacy in their subject area. A consistent approach, time and the repetition of these key skills have a powerful effect on student progress. We provide opportunities for students to read within the school week and we encourage parents to support this at home. This further supports the Accelerated Reader intervention for Years 7 and 8 which is led by the English Department.
The school community as a whole supports us in our expectations that students speak in Standard English, expressing themselves in full statements wherever possible. By working together as a learning community to build students’ literacy skills, we believe that students will have the necessary skills to be successful with their education at Darwen Vale and beyond.
We also provide a range of interventions including small group teaching for our students needing additional literacy support, which we use the catch-up premium to fund.
For more information on any aspect of Literacy at Darwen Vale or the small group interventions, please contact:
Diane Hayes, Assistant Principal for English – DHayes@darwenvale.com
Sharron Pollitt SENCO – SPollitt@darwenvale.com
At Darwen Vale, we believe that to be truly functional, our students need to be highly numerate.
From January 2019, and to ensure that numeracy is high on the school agenda, we have a weekly numeracy activity in the form of Numeracy Ninjas which is completed during tutor time across the school.
For students requiring additional Numeracy support, we also provide a range of interventions including small group teaching.
For more information on any aspect of Numeracy at Darwen Vale or the small group interventions, please contact:
Gemma Holden, Assistant Principal for Maths – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharron Pollitt SENCO – Spollitt@darwenvale.com