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Primary schools in Ilkeston to receive literacy support

Primary pupils in Derbyshire are to receive additional literacy support from NTU students as part of a new initiative to develop student employability, support local schools and encourage community volunteering.

Student with school children
A new initiative providing literacy support to primary schools has been launched

Students in Classrooms have been working in collaboration with the School of Education to launch a new initiative providing literacy support to five primary schools in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. First year students studying on an undergraduate Joint Honours Degree in Education will be able to undertake a new module, Coaching and Mentoring in Education as part of their course.

The module aims to enhance student employability by providing students with an opportunity to develop their coaching and mentoring skills as well as encouraging continued volunteering in local schools. Students will work towards a number of goals during their experience to further their skills development.

The assessed module is currently taking place with thirty two students and each student will provide five half days of support to targeted pupils to develop literacy skills. The activities include listening to readers, reading to children, playing word games, writing alternative endings to stories and supporting literacy as part of the wider curriculum. Students have received comprehensive training from Nottingham Trent University staff and teachers from local schools, which has focused strongly on practical skills and knowledge as well as theoretical knowledge relating to the National Literacy Strategy and safeguarding.

Schools taking part in the module include:

  • Field House Infant School
  • St Thomas Catholic Primary School
  • Granby Junior School
  • Charlotte Nursery and Infant School
  • Kensington Junior School

There are a number of benefits for the schools involved including:

  • gaining practical support for pupils
  • receiving support to raise pupil attainment
  • aspirations and ambitions
  • developing pupil interpersonal skills
  • providing pupils with a positive role model.

The module has been developed by using the Students in Classrooms Primary Literacy Scheme as a model. This has been recruiting students to provide literacy support in Nottingham City primary schools for ten years, with the aim of helping schools to raise pupil literacy levels. The scheme has been extremely popular with schools who have commented that, 'pupils have relished 1:1 time with the student. A significant percentage of the pupils achieving below the expected level for Year 3 have progressed considerably in both reading and writing and achieved well in SAT’s.'

For further information about the Joint Honours Degree module or the Primary Literacy Scheme, please contact Jamie Marshall.

Primary schools in Ilkeston to receive literacy support

Published on 2 April 2014
  • Category: Nottingham Institute of Education

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