What is Literature Works?

Literature Works, established in 2005, provides a practical and supportive framework for the development of language comprehension that benefits the whole primary school. Held in high regard by school leaders, Literature Works is tailored to the needs of your school for your learners. A programme of teacher CPD and school events support senior leaders and teachers to develop strategies for the progression and continuity of ‘greater depth’ learning across each key-stage and within each year group. Teachers work creatively, use texts to sequence lessons and contextualise learning helping all children to make connections and develop independence. Pupils are enthused, are encouraged to express and share their views and feelings on what they have read, develop the ability to compare texts, and think critically and creatively. In writing, pupils are motivated, are able to write with a clear purpose, viewpoint and audience, applying grammar and vocabulary appropriately to their writing across the curriculum. Teachers assess and teach to gaps in pupil learning, are able to reduce unnecessary ‘scaffold’ and consequently pupils achieve more. We work with schools to make a profound difference to pupils’ lives and progress in reading and writing.
“I believe Literature Works contributes to the development of good and outstanding teaching.

 Michael Ewing, Headteacher, St Catherine`s RC Primary School, Newcastle

 “Literature Works is tangible within our learning environment. It acts as a cornerstone of our curriculum and teacher planning. Pupils are keen to explore the key ideas within a text through high quality discussion, text related activities, including drama and writing. Indeed, pupils see writing as purposeful and relevant. Planning for reading has led to an improved writing process that we believe enhances the standard of writing across our school. ”

Mark Outterside, Headteacher, Westerhope Primary, Newcastle

 “Literature Works has reinvigorated our curriculum and created a new love for books and reading. It has really helped to focus teacher planning onto reading while also promoting reading for enjoyment and pleasure.”

Andrew Miller, Headteacher, Mowbray Primary School, Northumberland

“Being a large school with an 86% EAL population Literature Works has had a huge impact on learning and teaching in our school. The whole approach has become an integral part of what we do with the creative curriculum based upon high quality, challenging texts. “

Jane Mullarkey,  Headteacher, Wingrove Primary School, Newcastle

“Literature Works has had a considerable impact on our curriculum this year; by delivering lessons using a book based approach the children`s engagement and enjoyment has soared. Author visits have been fantastic, the whole profile of reading has been raised. I look forward to building on these strategies into the second year and beyond.”

Barbara Brown, Headteacher, Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Newcastle

“Literature Works has brought literature to life! Staff return from CPD events excited and keen to get started in the classroom. CPD is delivered with expertise and inspiration.  Literature Works is having such a positive impact on the children`s love of books”

Lynn Boulton, Headteacher, Timothy Hackworth Primary School, Co Durham

“100% of Head teachers agreed that LW represents good value for money and that involvement led to improved pupil outcomes and addressed objectives in school improvement plans.”

Independent Evaluation Report, commissioned by Newcastle City Council