We are Platinum Literacy Mark winners 2017
On Friday 13th October, the annual KM forum was held at The Mercure Hotel in Maidstone, to recognise the work of charities and schools. The Lower School was awarded the Platinum Literacy Mark for 2017. Kate Alderdice and Teresa Taylor, represented Meadowfield School and were pleased to receive the award, in recognition of the hard work and dedication staff put into supporting pupils with their Literacy skills, and the work delivered in association with Buster’s Book Club.
Most Effective Approach to Improving Literacy -Meadowfield School
Meadowfield School cater for pupils with profound, severe and complex special needs. Some of whom have low level reading ability, low attention skills, and struggle to comprehend or recall stories in book form or animation. To support these pupils, the school have introduced the ‘Symbol Reading Books’ initiative.
Each week, the school use a special programme to create a story that is linked to the thematic curriculum. It is produced in the form of a symbol-supported reading book. Symbols are images that represent words and help pupils visualise the meaning of vocabulary. Templates within the programme allow staff to quickly create books, flashcards, games, and rewards.
The initiative has improved behaviour and motivation, enabled access to the curriculum and learning, but most significantly, provided strategies to enable students to demonstrate what they know.
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