The literacy coordinator plays a key role by team-teaching with colleagues in different departments and helping them to plan their lessons. They, in turn, can go on to team-teach and support other teachers in their departments.
Emma Gough, the design and technology department's literacy champion, says: "Before I developed my teaching to include aspects of literacy, my key stage 3 pupils were writing weak evaluations at the end of units of work. Instead of writing `I sewed the material', they would often just write something like `I did stuff with the material'. Or instead of `I prepared the dish', they would write `I got the food ready'.
"I worked with the literacy coordinator to prepare a writing structure for evaluations, which included a focus on topic sentences for each paragraph, the use of connectives and choosing the most appropriate verbs."
Senior literacy leaders at Aston Manor have also produced a booklet for pupils entitled Writing Matters, which gives subject-specific tips on terms they can use and advice on the way words such as "power" can have different meanings in different contexts, as well as general strategies to support spelling.
Headteacher Heather Roberts says: "Our message is that individual subjects create different language demands that need tobe identified and addressed within those -subjects."
Signs of success
Just under half the pupils at Aston Manor speak English as an additional language. Yet last year a significantly higher proportion of pupils than -average made expected progress in English -between key stages 2 and 4. The value-added measures for humanities, languages, science and mathematics were also significantly above average.
What the inspectors said
"The impact of this work is evident not only in pupils' very good achievement in English throughout the school, but also in the similarly strong progress in subjects across the curriculum."
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Name: Aston Manor, Birmingham
Type: Academy, 11-16
Number of pupils: About 750
Intake: Very high proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language, are eligible for free school meals and live in areas of low socio-economic status