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The Literacy Game
The Story of The National Literacy Strategy

ISBN 9780415417013
Published July 17, 2007 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Containing invaluable insights from the original director of the National Literary Strategy (NLS) and its director of training, this book provides the only systematic exploration of the reform programme.

A vital introduction and critical appraisal for pracititioners and students, The Literacy Game examines the origins, evolution and impact of the NLS, and provides a fully comprehensive contribution to the teaching of literacy and the management of educational change.

This illuminating text:

  • sets out the political background and context to literacy education in England over a decade from 1996 to 2006
  • explains and appraises the rationale and design underpinning the NLS, thereby rebutting some of the folk-lore that has built up around it
  • provides an example of the principles and practices of large-scale system change
  • links the NLS to wider global research on system change and educational reform
  • evaluates the contribution of the NLS in advancing knowledge of the literacy curriculum in English and the development of pedagogy as a whole
  • considers the impact and consequences of the NLS on standards of literacy.

The Literacy Game is an enlightening book which will appeal to all policy makers and academics who are keen to know what did and did not work in the NLS and why.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sir Michael Barber  Acknowledgements  Abbreviations  Introduction  1 The context and origins of the National Literacy Strategy  2 About learning  3 The literacy curriculum: a Framework of teaching objectives  4 The Literacy Hour  5 Differentiating the Strategy  6 Implementation  7 Securing the Strategy  8 Devolving the Strategy  9 Impact and evaluation  10 Politics and practice  Bibliography  Index 

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John Stannard was director of the NLS, responsible for national implementation up to December 2000. Since then, he has been involved in evaluating the Strategy nationally, and working on related initiatives in other countries.

Laura Huxford was the training director responsible for the development and introduction of professional development resources and teaching resources from 1997 to 2004 and has had close front-line involvement with schools over most of the lifetime of the Strategy.


Review in The Times Educational Supplement - 'Apology to schools for results bias'