Literacy and Numeracy













Being numerate helps us to function responsibly in everyday life and contribute effectively to society. It increases our opportunities within work and is a life skill which permeates and supports all areas of learning, allowing young people access to the wider curriculum.

In Castlederg High School we promote Numeracy in the following ways.

  • Numeracy Club after school for Key Stage 3 classes;

  • Puzzle per week on Screen in Foyer and in the Library;

  • School Shop run by Maths department to promote responsibility of pupils own equipment;

  • Numeracy Education Plans for underachieving pupils;

  • Working with Science on a STEM project on “Space”;

  • We work with Geography on Using Maths “River study” task and use of Geographical maps for metric measures and area of irregular shapes;

  • Working with Home Economics when teaching ratio;

  • Working with Careers to promote the importance of Maths to employers and for Further Education.

Here, at Castlederg High School, we place a strong emphasis on the development of pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills. This is evident statistically at GCSE with a significantly higher proportion of our pupils, than the Northern Ireland average for similar type schools, achieving 5 GCSE grades A*-C, including Maths and English.  This has a really positive impact on our pupils’ futures as it enables so many more of them to access post 16 courses.

Beyond this, literacy development is a priority for each pupil and is always a key cross-curricular focus. Each subject area is committed to reinforcing the importance of proof reading and self -correction skills, as well as agreed standards for pupils’ presentation of written work.  Other literacy initiatives are implemented on an ongoing basis.

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Literacy is essential in enabling each individual pupil to access the wider curriculum and so progress in their learning. As a result, we are committed to ensuring that each pupil leaves school with a functional level of literacy.  The English Department works in conjunction with Learning Support to realize this goal through the Reading Partnership Programme and afterschool Literacy Club.