Literacy is what helps us to communicate with each other and make sense of our world through reading, writing, speaking and listening. Literacy skills are vital for success throughout our lives, not only at school but beyond this in the workplace and as parents supporting our children’s learning. Literacy helps us not only to read books but everything else such as newspapers, price labels, road signs, transport timetables and information on the internet.
Ms L Portelli
.Studies show that children who are very good and confident readers by the age of 15 are most likely to go on to achieve well at GCSE, A Level, College, University and beyond. We also know that students who read for just half an hour a day can be up to a year ahead of those who don’t by the time they turn 15!
This is why at ECS we are committed to raising standards of literacy and to promoting a strong culture of reading for our whole community including staff, students and parents.
In this section of the website you can find out all about what we do to support literacy at ECS and also what you can do at home to help support your child.
Hopefully you’ll everything you need through the links but if you have any questions or concerns about literacy, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.
There are a lot of things that families can do together to support the improvement of reading ability and enjoyment – and not all of them require a book!
Talk as a family about reading
By year 7, most students are competent readers and are less likely to read aloud to an adult. That’s a natural progression but it doesn’t mean that parents don’t have a part to play. The higher level skills of inference and understanding the craft of an author can be supported by talking about what has been read.
Share a book
Just because you don’t necessarily read together doesn’t mean that parents and children can’t share a book. Most Young Adult fiction is excellent and well worth a read as an adult. Why not both read the same book?
Model what it is to be a reader
Many parents will read, whether it be fiction, newspapers, online or other contexts. Get in the habit of being seen to read and valuing reading.
Join the library – and visit!
Library membership is free and we are lucky at ECS to be just around the corner from Ridge Avenue Library and there are 17 libraries in total in the Enfield borough. More details can be found here: