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Family Literacy

How to improve your child's Literacy

The importance of Literacy

At Harris Academy Morden we promote our students’ Literacy and work hard to ensure that they achieve to the very best of their ability. Now this is more important than ever with statistics showing a decline in Literacy standards nationally.

Did you know?

  • Less than half of  8 to 16 year olds have read a book in the last month;

  • 49% of children and young adults think that reading is boring;

  • Children who enjoy reading very much are 5 times more likely to be above average readers;

  • 22% of children report that no one at home encourages them to read;

  • 1 in 3 does not own a book;

  • 62% of boys do not enjoy writing and pupils at Key Stage 4 are the least likely to enjoy writing;

  • Pupils on free school meals have much less confidence in their writing ability;

  • Research shows that the average length of a student’s contribution to a class discussion is 4 words;

  • A 4 year old with professional parents will have been exposed to 50 million words compared to 12 million words for a child from a disadvantaged background;

  • We owe it to our students to give them the very best Literacy skills, in order to improve their chances in life and to enable them to succeed in whatever path they choose.

What can you do to support Literacy at home?

At Harris Academy Morden we work hard to support your child’s Literacy development in all subjects and we would welcome any time you could devote to this at home.


  • Take your child to the local library and encourage them to read for pleasure. (Insist that they spend a minimum of 15 minutes per day reading a book of their choice);

  • Read aloud with your child (they could read to you and you could read to them);

  • Test their spellings (all students at HAMD are given spellings to learn every week, ask for the list and help them to prepare);

  • News review (pick a story in your local free newspaper and ask your child to summarise the story in a single sentence).