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Amherst a flagship school for Literacy Tree

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Monday 13 November 2023

Amherst Primary School has been made the flagship school for the Channel Islands for Literacy Tree, a national English learning resource being used in 1,005 schools around the world.

Literacy Tree was created by teachers for teachers, and uses a book-based approach across its primary English curriculum to raise attainment. It provides schools with lesson plans, resources for writing, comprehension, spelling, assessment and home learning from reception to year 7.

It was adopted by Amherst in January and has very quickly given the school continuity, progression, and purpose in their English curriculum, supporting teachers with strong resources and allowing pupils to flourish.

Danielle Rowe, English and Literacy Lead at Amherst, said:

"We are so impressed with the range, quality, and standard of the books coupled with the well-structured, clear planning documents. And nothing beats the buzz in a classroom on the first day of a new unit with the hook lesson. The time that we save by not having to scour the internet for good ideas or cross-referencing documents means that our sole focus is the adaptation of lessons to meet the range of needs in our school. We know that our children are being immersed in high-quality literature as well as completing tasks that are accessible and purposeful. We could see the planning was aspirational, but our children meet the high standards, showing real pride in their writing."

Matt Hughes, Headteacher at Amherst, said:

"Lynn and Anthony, the CEO and co-founders of Literacy Tree, visited us in July this year to complete an accreditation visit, and were very impressed with our children's writing ability. They commented on the quality and depth that they saw in their work. The scheme has also given our staff invaluable support in lesson planning. I am confident it has helped us deliver exactly what our pupils need to help them learn."

Amherst is one of 19 Flagship Schools for Literacy Tree of the 1,005 signed up to it.

Each module starts with Writing Roots, then sows Spelling Seeds, grows Literary Leaves, and then spreads into Home Learning Branches.

For more information go to: Literacy Tree | Transform your literacy through literature. All you need for a complete book-based approach.

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