Literacy is probably the most fundamental and crucial part of education and life-long learning. Without it, all other learning is impossible.
It is defined as “the capacity to read, understand and critically appreciate various forms of communication including spoken language, printed text, broadcast media, and digital media.”(DES, 2011 p.8)
In response to the national strategy (2011-2020) to improve literacy and numeracy many organisations provide a range of services and supports. These include:
The PDST provides seminars, continuous professional development and resources to support teachers who have been designated Literacy Link teachers and teachers in general. While the main focus of the seminars has been on oral language instruction, the reading process and writing genres, other invaluable resources on aspects of literacy such as guiding comprehension and guided reading have also been compiled.
Continuing to operate under the DEIS initiative are long established literacy programmes such as First Steps and Reading Recovery. These have been proven to increase the literacy level of children in schools with DEIS status.
In addition to this, the National Education Psychologist Service has also provided a resource pack entitled Effective Interventions for Struggling Readers Good Practice Guide to support teachers in delivering effective programmes.
Outside the literacy strategy, the curriculum objectives of the primary English curriculum are followed at all levels in schools and many supports have been put in place by the NCCA to ensure its implementation. These include writing stories in a multigrade classroom in the context of assessment for learning.
Scoilnet also provides hundreds of engaging English resources at all levels which have been reviewed by Irish teachers. Use our new search function to find one that suits your needs or select one of the resources featured in the Spotlight section.
In 2011, the Minister for Education and Skills published Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life: The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011- 2020 as a means of prioritising the literacy and numeracy skills of children nationally.
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