Naace

Press Release - A High standard in English AND Digital Literacy - 2nd September 2013

Today's announcement by the DfE that students not reaching grade C in English will have to continue studying it to age 18 reflects what we all know, good literacy is vital. What the DfE does not then go on to say is how schools can best help all their pupils to achieve grade C.

In the submissions to the Naace 3rd Millennium Learning Award (http://www.naace.co.uk/thirdmillenniumlearningaward/schoolawardvideos) you can clearly see how leading schools are developing good literacy skills through the appropriate and effective use of Learning Technologies. Pupils are able to use technology for meaningful communication. They are enabled to publish for a wider audience, with ebooks, radio and TV stations and blogging. These engaging and stimulating activities provide purposes to write that engage young people and show them how important good literacy is, enabling them to connect with an audience both within and beyond their school community. Such opportunities provide authentic feedback and prepare our young people for productive participation in a society where technology is becoming ever more pervasive.

Mark Chambers, Naace CEO, said "Continuous pressure just on young people to take exams is, to borrow a scenario, like trying to fatten a pig by weighing it. The curriculum must be relevant and exciting for pupils. We are lacking leadership from the DfE on this, organisations like Naace are trying to fill this gap. The DFE should be seeking to ensure that all pupils leave schools with powerful Digital Literacy and IT skills, which are now equally important for employability and are a key way of developing both English and Maths skills."

 

Notes for editors

Naace is the National Association for all of us who wish to advance education through the use of technology, more than just computing. We are a community of schools, teachers, those who work in schools and the Education Technology industry who share a vision for the role of technology in improving and transforming learning and teaching. As a professional association, we represent the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector at a national and international level, as well as supporting one another across the sector through conferences, courses and the dissemination of resources, research and reflection. We play a key role in both members’ professional development, through the challenge and support of a community of practice, and the development of the profession as a whole, through the sharing of innovation and expertise.

Press Release - A High standard in English AND Digital Literacy - 2nd September 2013
Today's announcement by the DfE that students not reaching grade C in English will have to continue studying it to age 18 reflects what we all know, good literacy is vital. What the DfE does not then go on to say is how schools can best help all their pupils to achieve grade C.