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.

Literacy at Key Stage 3

Literacy at key stage 3

This chapter examines the experience of middle schools, an almost forgotten territory in terms of the NLS but uniquely placed to offer all other schools a very illuminating perspective. These schools, in their various forms, e.g. 8–12, 11–14, 9–13, etc., have been perceived as the transition schools in themselves, designed to avoid the problems of the primary-secondary divide. The chapter is based on recent research into the middle school experience and offers some unique insights.


The research in this chapter has its background in my own career in education. As a grammar school pupil in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the 1960s I missed out on a pioneering 9–13 middle school scheme by just a few ...

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