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The NAHT today revealed the results of a major survey of the impact of the National Literacy Strategy. This demonst...
The NAHT today revealed the results of a major survey of the impact of the National Literacy Strategy. This demonstrates that it has achieved a number of positive results, but concerns regarding resources, workload and the impact on the rest of the curriculum need to be addressed

1,261 schools responded to the questionnaire. The survey results are attached. Key points from the Survey are:

- Almost total implementation of the strategy - 99% of which 80% in full: 20% in part

- Overwhelming use of the literacy hour - 95%

- Pressure from LEAs to implement - 65% high or very high pressure

- Staff knowledge before September 1998 - 52% high or very high

- Level of pupil literacy before September 1998 - 43% high or very high

- Quality of:

- 2 days training - 46% low or very low

- 5 days intensive training - 41% high or very high

- distance learning materials - 18% high or very high: 33% low or very low

- Initial interest shown by children - 57% high or very high

- Initial increase in teacher workload - 98% yes: of which 90% registered high or very high increase

- Morale on introduction:

- positive - 41%:

- negative - 53%:

- mixed 6%

- Reduction in non core curriculum time:

- Key Stage 1 - 86% said yes. Subjects affected: 70% pinpointed History

PE 40%: Design & Technology 80%: Art 65%: Music 51%:

Geography 73%

- Key Stage 2 - 88% said yes. Subjects affected: 68% pinpointed History

PE 42%: Design & Technology 78%: Art 65%: Music 53%

Geography 73%

- Additional adults in classes during the literacy hour - 72% paid: 63% unpaid

- 73% said that they incurred extra costs in addition to Standards Fund Money from Government and LEAs

- Costs for books, other resources and staffing cover a wide range of expenditure

but a few schools spent in excess of£10,000

- 40% said that more funding is needed to sustain the strategy

- expenditure for staffing still required

- 72% need to spend up to£2,000 on books and other resources and 27%

considerably more, up to£10,000

- Overall development of teaching skills - 47% high or very high

- Overall development of teacher knowledge - 51% high or very high

- Overall development of children's attitude to literacy - 56% high or very high

- Overall development in children's learning - 48% high or very high

- Overall effect on teacher workload - 83% high or very high

- Development of English literacy within the school - 49% high or very high

- 93% make extended provision outside of the 5 literacy hours

- Effect on groupings within the school - 62% not affected

David Hart, general secretary NAHT comments:

'The introduction of the literacy strategy has developed teacher skills and knowledge and has had a positive effect on pupils' literacy. The content of the framework has been well received, but teachers would prefer to use their professional judgement to implement the strategy in a way that would best meet the needs of individual schools. There are major concerns regarding the development of pupils' extended writing. There remain issues in relation to funding for those schools which do not have sufficient. The hard work, professionalism and dedication of heads and teachers has been responsible for the implementation of the strategy. The high level in their workload must be recognised and acknowledged. The desirability of maintaining workload at this level must be seriously considered and addressed, with particular reference to the introduction of the numeracy strategy and the revised National Curriculum from the year 2000.'

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