Being able to communicate effectively is the most important skill students learn at school. To ensure that every Horsham College student has the literacy to excel, we are implementing a comprehensive Literacy Plan. In its first year of the Literacy Plan, Horsham College’s NAPLAN writing growth exceeded state average, supporting our outstanding VCE English results.

In every 7-10 subject, students create a minimum of one writing task, allowing them to see the different applications of their writing skills, in addition to gaining more practice. Students receive consistent feedback from all classes on their writing skills and paragraph creation, using the TEEL format. Students are also explicitly taught the academic vocabulary for their subjects, ensuring they can use the appropriate terms to interpret and respond to questions.

In 2017 the school commenced the Reading component of the Horsham College Literacy Plan. In addition to the “Fully Booked” reading program, teachers use the High Reliability Literacy Teaching Protocols to explicitly teach reading comprehension.

Students can expect to:

  • Complete a minimum of one paragraph of writing in TEEL format per term in every subject
  • Keep a list of academic vocabulary in their book for every subject
  • Learn specific skills relevant to reading comprehension in every subject

Parents/guardians can expect that:

  • Children completing writing tasks in every subject
  • Monitoring literacy homework such as spelling and academic vocabulary tasks
  • Making the most of opportunities like public speaking, spelling and writing competitions