Literacy and oracy are vital skills in learning and life. The school has an oracy programme aimed at extending the vocabulary of every pupil. A summer school before entry to year 7 is provided to encourage talk both in school and at home. Language is central to every aspect of learning at school and is developed by all teachers in every department and lesson. Literacy and oracy are supported across school by our dedicated team of specialists who deliver formal assessment, development sessions for vocabulary, individual support through phonics, guided reading and enrichment of our whole school curriculum.

Ian Mooney, BA(Hons), PGCE, MA: Senior Strategic Literacy Lead. Ian works across the Northern Schools Trust to improve assessment of pupils’ literacy and vocabulary starting points.

Peter Sharvin, BA(Hons) PGCE: SEND and Intervention. Peter is trained in Primary education and works with small groups of students in vocabulary development and phonics and early reading skills. Peter also supports some pupils in lessons.

Lauren Weston, BA(Hons) currently studying for MA: SEND and Intervention.  Lauren works with small groups to develop vocabulary and language skills. Lauren also supports some pupils in lessons.

Christine Fardey, BA(Hons): Lead Literacy Support Tutor.  Christine works with small groups of children to support literacy development through a guided reading strategies.

Margaret Williams: Specialist Phonics Tutor and School Librarian. Margaret works with small groups of children to support development of their reading skills using phonics and guided reading strategies. Margaret also runs our popular afterschool book and homework clubs each day in the school library.

Lizzie Richards: Literacy Support Tutor. Lizzie has over 20 years’ experience working with students, both outside of lessons and in the classroom, to support literacy development and access to the curriculum using guided reading strategies.

From the power of punctuation, to plurals, prefixes, and pluralising, we’ve got it covered.


At North Liverpool Academy we have a brand new school library inclusive to all students.

There is a range of both fiction and non-fiction books, suitable for all reading abilities. You can come and read, browse or do homework in a calm, friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

You can find the library in room 1027 on the first floor at the front of the building

Library Opening Times are:

Monday – Friday – 8am – 8.25am
Monday – Friday – break times
Monday – Friday – KS3 lunch time – Reading club
Tuesday & Thursday – 3pm – 5pm – Homework club/ Reading club
Friday 2.20pm – 3pm.

To meet Mrs Williams the school librarian and find out more information click here.

For more guidance on reading at home please take a look at these documents below. If you require any information or guidance, please contact Ms Evans as above.

Recommended Reads for Years 7 and 8

Home Learning Reading guide for parents.

Reading is one of the best ways to improve literacy, and we encourage our students to pick up a book or two from our brand-new school library.