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24/05/24

Great to see our students taking part in this! https://t.co/EM9ta3Mj3P

24/05/24

Today we said a (semi) farewell to our Year 13 Leavers!!!As they head off for half-term, Ms Bent and the 6F Leadership team held a leavers assembly for all Year 14 students. We are so proud of them & they are working so hard in this busy exam period! Well done Y13! pic.twitter.com/LgSyVUh5Bv

24/05/24

Great to have Rachel Harwood Alumni Manager, from the central team, to speak to our Year 13 Leavers today. pic.twitter.com/TxPKRewKiJ

23/05/24

Today was the very first set of sessions for our L2 STEM Leadership programme! Mrs Mututa, is leading on the delivery and our Y12s are so excited to be planning their clubs for the pic.twitter.com/jsnhbNi7Ah

17/05/24

It’s a jam packed afternoon here! So many fantastic enrichment activities across the week, thanks to our amazing team! Here’s Gardening club, volleyball, girls football, all on a Friday afternoon in the sunshine ☀️ Have a wonderful weekend everyone! pic.twitter.com/L6jW05dimu

10/05/24

Well done to all Year 11 today for sitting the first whole year group exam - Biology! A big well done to those who sat individual exams too - Psychology, Sociology, RS, & some community languages.A strong start to the series! We hope you all have a restful sunny weekend!

03/05/24

The latest dates for the Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) next series of Parent/Carer Webinars. Scan the QR codes to sign up. pic.twitter.com/f2cxRDjfkq

02/05/24

What a fabulous day out for our students! They explored the grounds of the new HQ, met the team, and played in their brand new gifted kit! Thank you to everyone that made this happen! A day our students will always remember! pic.twitter.com/hUNMxYKIOS

02/05/24

Today, a large group of our students head off to take part in the official launch of the and HQ and Community Centre. What an exciting day ahead! Thank you to the team for our invite! pic.twitter.com/iDkrVDyDFD

01/05/24

Today we had the organisation in for workshops for all students across Y7, 8, 9, 10, and 12. A great day of interactive discussions around mental health health and wellbeing. Thank you to the team! pic.twitter.com/M1sdkoiEig

22/04/24

Good luck to all of our students who are performing at this evening's concert at the Camden. Final rehearsals were underway earlier today and the quality of music is excellent! pic.twitter.com/OYOmIBaEtN

18/04/24

It’s been great to see how many students have signed up to Volleyball enrichment programme, with our new Coach Mr Nunes! Fantastic shots taken from yesterday’s after school session! pic.twitter.com/icAz7E4OUq

10/04/24

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim community of students and families! We wish you a wonderful Eid! pic.twitter.com/93OnpcdKhJ

31/03/24

Happy Easter to our wonderful community! We wish you all a restful Easter weekend! pic.twitter.com/jNXGhEBZA4

28/03/24

Well done everyone 💪

28/03/24

Well done everyone 💪

27/03/24

A huge congratulations to all of our students that took part in the bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition. In spite of the inclement weather, their perseverance throughout the expedition was truly inspiring.  pic.twitter.com/ffHkwcgNLj

27/03/24

Mr Manners kicks off this term’s Rewards and Celebrations Evening, along with our four Head Students! pic.twitter.com/wQHPnvfjkH

27/03/24

Our Year 8s have been completing a project called My Croydon, exploring the history and amazing architecture in Croydon. They also looked at the work of local signwriter, Lionel Stanhope. See pictures below, completed for Homework. Well done Year 8! pic.twitter.com/3NI2I9UrcD

25/03/24

Year 7 have been making their own imagined Dragon eye out of air drying clay. They have used their colour blending skills to add paint to show the scales pic.twitter.com/s7Sp4KHLpk

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Literacy

Sir Kevan Collins, former chief executive of the EEF, explains:

‘Literacy is fundamental for success in school and beyond. Young people who leave school without good literacy skills are held back at every stage of their lives.’


At Harris Invictus Academy Croydon (HIAC), we acknowledge that in today’s diverse and global world, to read, write, think and communicate like a scientist, historian, writer, musician, artist or mathematician are important considerations for secondary teachers and their students. Coupled with this, is the broader literacy curriculum considerations, that is, literacy also encompasses the cultural references students need to read widely, identifying and considering the perspectives, privilege, message and source of the texts they consume to meet the demands of challenging exam texts and beyond. Ultimately, we recognise that literacy is a broad term for the multiple skills and knowledge which pupils need to be fluent readers, writers and speakers.

Consequently, we also recognise that being literate requires students to become a variety of readers, writers and performers (Gee, 200). With this in mind, we put the student at the heart of everything we do, surrounded by experts and key services. (Fig. 1).  The Education Endowment Foundation’s first pillar, Disciplinary Literacy, is the bedrock for curriculum and instruction at the academy. ‘Teachers must therefore apprentice students through scaffolded instruction and guided practice helping students to develop the capacity to read disciplinary specific texts through an insider perspective (Beuhl, 2011). As an academy we provide academy wide literacy training complemented with subject area training to design curriculum and lessons which teach the necessary literacy skills to succeed in each discipline. We firmly believe that literacy is not a stand-alone issue: it is a multi-faceted issue with many challenges; it takes excellent curriculum design; excellent teaching and learning; targeted intervention and cross-curricular effort to ensure our pupils have the tools to succeed.

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HIAC’s literacy policy has been informed by recent research led by The Education Endowment Foundation’s ‘Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools’, research endorsed by The National Literacy Trust. It is also informed by the work of Alex Quigley’s The Vocabulary Gap, Doug Lemov’s Reading Reconsidered and Daniel Willingham’s The Reading Mind.

Our literacy priorities for this academic year:

  1. Applying Disciplinary Literacy
  2. Specific Literacy Training for Staff
  3. Management and use of data
  4. Use of the Library

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