Literacy learning is central to and influenced by a huge range of people, experiences, agencies and providers. In Rochdale we've adopted a borough-wide approach to literacy that aims to make the links between influencers and provide a co-ordinated response.
Our vision is for a 21st Century borough where virtually everyone is literate. Change can take place if people's aspirations are raised and individuals believe that learning can change their way of life for the better.
Listening to people from across the borough is an important feature of getting this right, and this includes people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and experiences. Agreeing and working towards best practice, taking risks and supporting innovation will be some of the ways we can encourage people to get involved in improving their literacy. We can then challenge the too simple equation that being poor means having poor literacy.
This policy brings together the aspirations of all those concerned with literacy and oral language of people across the borough, and adopts an all-age approach to literacy in its widest sense; across all communities and in many different settings.
Literacy is vitally important throughout life. Effective learning is centred on the individual learner or is community focused; it is respectful, engaging and pleasurable, and takes account of diverse needs. There are a great many providers across Rochdale who work across age ranges and communities. Working together, they strengthen networks and ensure that their services meet needs.
This policy seeks to promote awareness, to focus resources and priorities and to demonstrate how literacy development links across agencies.