Schoolzone | The Literacy Company review by Matt

The Literacy Company review by Matt

Date: 27.04.2022

Review subject: English

Phase: Primary

Reviewer: Matt, Headteacher

  • Rural LA maintained school 316 pupils in Cheshire West and Chester
  • Ofsted rating: Outstanding
  • FSM: 9.3%


Review rating:

Average rating across all The Literacy Company reviews: 4/5

Can’t recommend highly enough


How well does it match the curriculum?

Brilliantly: There is more content (eg support / extension activities) than we expected

Very thorough planning and excellent subject knowledge, very specific


How well does it support your school’s inclusion/diversity/equal opportunities policy?

Brilliantly: The content stands out as being particularly positive in this regard and would be welcome in any school like mine

Refugee unit of work is particularly good, and updates are available in response to new issues


How well does it support differentiation for the full range of the classes you use it with?

Brilliantly: There is a wide enough range of resources to provide a good range of options for all pupils


How well does it engage and motivate pupils?

Brilliantly: Pupils love using and are excited when they know they are going to do so

Children love the suggested texts


How well supported is it by accompanying formative assessments?

Brilliantly: We could (or do) use it for monitoring pupils or classes, for gap analysis or to inform intervention strategies

Clear assessment focus for each lesson


How well does it support planning?

Brilliantly: It has everything you could need and is straightforward to use with classes

Very thorough


How well does it support home use / independent learning?

Well: Pupils could be expected to use this at home or independently, with a minimum amount of support or additional resources

Remote units available, but we didn’t use them extensively


How would you rate it for value for money compared to similar resources?

Brilliantly: It’s possibly the best value for money of any similar resources I’ve seen

Very high quality, you get what you pay for


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