Over the past 8 years Cardinal Hume has been dedicated to developing the literacy skills of our pupils. As a consequence, we have seen examination results rise and our children’s confidence soar. In more recent times, we have also been developing a whole school approach to numeracy, with the similar aim of ensuring our students are confident mathematicians who can transfer skills between subjects and can deal with Mathematics in everyday contexts.

Outside of English and Mathematics lessons there are many occasions in school when these important skills are promoted. Here are a few examples:

  • Y7 have a programme of lunchtime reading.
  • Y7 take part in a series of Numeracy awards that give students a chance to demonstrate and practice their skills, receiving recognition for their achievements.
  • There are dedicated Numeracy and Literacy IAG teams, so all students gain enrichment opportunities in these areas.
  • Assemblies take place to emphasise the importance of these skills.
  • There are many ‘events’ in school where students and staff take part in challenges which promote literacy and numeracy.
  • There are whole school strategies in place for correcting student errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar