Those leading literacy have the potential to cultivate a lifelong love of reading which will create opportunity and influence future life chances for children.
Leading literacy teaching is complex. Literacy leaders often contribute to strategic school development, develop and lead a team of teachers, and their work is focused on supporting effective teaching of literacy across the school. Literacy leaders need to have a deep understanding of the fundamental importance of literacy and recognise the influence it has on pupils’ future academic achievement, wellbeing and success in life. An excellent literacy leader will have expertise across a number of specialist areas related to their role (e.g. developing pupils’ spoken language) and a passion for literature that they want to share with the school community.
The National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy (NPQLL) is aimed at teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase. They are normally part of the middle or senior leadership team.
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