English, literacy and reading policy: model

Use our model to help you write your English, literacy and reading policy.

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  1. There's no statutory requirement to have an English, literacy and reading policy
  2. Download and adapt our model
  3. See examples from other schools

There's no statutory requirement to have an English, literacy and reading policy

However, you may want to create and publish one. It can help you set out to staff, governors and parents:

  • Your approach to teaching, monitoring and assessing knowledge and skills
  • How you make sure your provision is of consistently high quality

This might help keep you accountable and help you achieve any relevant objectives in your school improvement plan. 

Some schools have separate policies for reading

See the end of this article for some examples to inspire a specific reading policy, if you choose to create one.

Download and adapt our model

Model policy: English, literacy and reading – primary DOC, 257.5 KB

It covers:

  • Your vision and guiding principles for the teaching of English, literacy and reading
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Curriculum, marking and feedback, and monitoring, assessment and moderation
  • Resources and the learning environment

The DfE's 2023 reading framework The

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