Key stage 3 is the next target for the literacy strategy. What good news!
The literacy initiatives are not "sterile and vacuous" (Letters, TES, February 2). After researching techniques and attending training courses I have no doubts about them at key stage 3.
It is not a question of dictating a literacy hour in secondaries; that would be too rigid. Instead subject departments need to implement whole-school policies that can enliven lessons and allow children to realise their own potential.
We must not be negative. This will make teachers' lives easier as children become more proficient.
Dr Elizabeth Pyne 3, The Lawns Kilsby Warwickshire