This book will to help student and practicing teachers to understand the issues surrounding literacy, the place of transition in pupils' lives, and to feel confident in handling the National Literacy Strategy.



This book sets out to accomplish the especially difficult task of reviewing the issues of transition and of literacy, principally as they affect teachers and pupils. The task is difficult because the transition from primary to secondary school is notoriously problematic and pupils find the shift of cultures at the least very challenging and often traumatic. In the past, communications between the secondary and primary phases have been at best strained and there is no evidence that the National Curriculum has been of much benefit in this respect. And then we have literacy, a term once used as a simple marker of those who could read and write and those (the illiterate) who could not. Now it is, quite rightly, both a much more ...

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