English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
Read, Write, Inc. is a literacy programme designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. At Fairfield Road it is used to teach phonics in the Early Years and at Key Stage 1 in addition to discrete English lessons. The pupils are grouped according to their ability to decode words and are closely tracked and regularly assessed to move them through the programme as quickly as possible and to the end goal of being accurate and speedy readers.