Literacy Across the Curriculum: Why, What and How

Delegate feedback “It was so useful and I have to say, it was probably the most useful CPD session I have attended in my teaching career thus far (eight years now!).  It really was amazing”   Rosalina Lionetti, Bedford Sixth Form November 2013

Half Day Workshoptutor helping students

Indicative Cost: £65.00 (per ACER member)  £75.00 (non-members) includes lunch

Target audience

  • ‘A’ Level staff in sixth form colleges and colleges of FE
  • learning support managers and practitioners


Following the new inspection guidance in 2012 Ofsted inspectors are increasingly looking to evaluate the extent to which teachers across the curriculum embed support with English and maths.  This workshop aims to introduce A-Level tutors to some key strategies, resources and e-learning tools that they can use to develop literacy skills as an integral element of their teaching.


Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • discuss the rationale for embedded approaches to English support
  • identify the range of literacy skills that can be developed through embedded support
  • evaluate a range of active learning tasks to develop reading and comprehension skills
  • explore the use of peer assessment and other strategies in writing skills development

The workshop reviews the established approaches to embedded literacy support that are promoted within the schools and FE sectors and explores ways in which they can be adapted for use at A-Level in different subject areas.

This half day workshop is a shorter version of a successful training day that Bob has delivered previously as part of a staff development event at Luton Sixth Form College.  Whilst it is only an introductory session, further training in embedded approaches can be arranged.


Trainer: Bob Read

31 May 2012 18_22_33Bob originally trained as a special educational needs teacher in secondary schools but in recent years has worked extensively in the post 16 sector as a literacy subject specialist.  Since 2004 he has worked as a Training and Development Adviser for ACER (Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region), supporting staff who teach Functional Skills and delivering subject specialist teacher education programmes.

Bob has been involved in developing and delivering embedded support models in college and workplace settings as well as in Higher Education.  In 2010 he was the lead trainer on ACER’s regional training programme leading to City and Guilds Level 5 Award in Embedded Approaches to Delivering Literacy, Language and Numeracy.