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Strangford College, Newtownards



Communication is one of the three Cross-Curricular Skills and is at the root of our entire curriculum. It is the responsibility of all teachers in an explicit partnership to ensure transferable skills, consolidation and progression. Developing these skills are essential for thinking, learning and interacting in personal, social and work contexts throughout life. Literacy is key to learning, enjoyment and personal growth and develops confidence.


The emphasis in Communication is on pupils using language and literacy appropriately while engaging in meaningful and purposeful activities. Ideally, teachers will provide a context of relevant, real-life situations when developing these skills.


Developing pupils’ communication skills enables them to express themselves socially, emotionally and physically, develop as individuals, engage with others daily.

The modes of communication include:

- Talking and Listening;

- Reading; and

- Writing.

Teachers can use the Levels of Progression for Communication as a progression framework for all Areas of Learning. This can help pupils to develop their digital skills across the curriculum and acquire the skills relevant to other Areas of Learning.


Assessing Communication skills across the curriculum in a systematic and consistent way can help pupils to manage their own learning and to identify learning targets. It also helps pupils to connect learning from different areas of study. This will embed the independent learning that is desirable at Key Stage 4 and Post-16.



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