Literacy and Numeracy

At KES we recognise that literacy and numeracy are at the heart of successful learning and of raising standards in every area of education.

Every teacher is a teacher of literacy and numeracy and has a responsibility to ensure that students develop these important skills in every lesson.

Our Key Literacy strategy this year is ACE - Analyse, Compare and Evaluate. 

All students have the sentence starters in their planners to use in all lessons when Analysing, Comparing or Evaluating. House points will be awarded when they have used them successfully.

Please take time to download the information examples of ACE below which provides suggestions of everyday activities that can help your child improve these key skills.


A definition of numeracy:

Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do a basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitive or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data is gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

The purposes of our whole-school numeracy policy:

  • To develop and improve standards in numeracy across the school;
  • To ensure consistency of practice including methods, vocabulary, notation, etc;
  • To indicate areas for collaboration between subjects;
  • To assist the transfer of pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding between subjects.

Please find below a parent numeracy booklet, numeracy across the curriculum overview and posters.

Let Me Play Literacy / Numeracy catch up sessions

KES uses an external organisation called Let Me Play to run it's literacy and numeracy catch up sessions. Let Me Play are a leading Youth Organisation which provides a range of sports, positive activities and education for young people. The organisation runs a range of programmes in schools, communities, youth centres, colleges and residential settings.

The programmes are meticulously designed, planned and implemented to enable young people the most out of the activity and are supported by highly qualified teachers and coaches. Our team of professionals work together, motivating and enabling Let Me Play participants to gain as much as possible from their time with us.

The mission at Let Me Play is for young people to leave inspired and empowered to achieve more, do more and be the best that they can be. To create a social movement where young people experience a programme which motivates them creating a high impact, long lasting impression.

Programme Objectives

  • Using high-quality staff and high ratios the Let Me Play programme aims to provide an intensive intervention for those who need additional support.
  • To deliver a vibrant engaging programme which motivates and enthuses students about School.
  • To engage beyond the student and with families by inviting parents to sample the school and the array of activities.
  • The programme provides a very structured approach to confidence and self-esteem building to instil belief in what each young person can achieve.
  • Through lessons specifically designed by education specialists to assess literacy and to identify gaps in learning.
  • Negate learning loss and promote teamwork and cohesion.
  • To provide a workbook of learning which allows a handover to the school to assess the activities, learning and stage of the student.

Please find below the report for 2018.


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