literacy… not just for the English classroom

Responsibility for raising attainment in literacy doesn’t stop once students leave the English classroom, each subject leader and teacher has a responsibility to boost literacy. That’s why we’ve designed Read&Write to be useful for students right across the curriculum.

did you know that Read&Write can be used by all students, in EVERY class? 

There are features and tools to support each and every student, from English language learners to SEN students, from high achievers to students in a low attainment group, each and every one can benefit from using Texthelp tools.


So, how can Read&Write support all your learners?

ELLEnglish language learners
Read&Write provides the tools for students’ whose first language isn’t English to help with pronunciation, spelling and recognition of English words. 

high-achieversHigh achievers
Proofreading tools in Read&Write are a great way of self-checking essays and assignments as well as grammar and spell checkers adding extra polish to students’ work.

MiddleMiddle band
Read&Write has lots of tools to support the middle band of learners and stretches their learning limits. Tools like reading aloud helps students with questions and answering techniques, and increases their focus. Students will also benefit from study skills tools to improve organisation and exam prep. 
special educationSpecial Educational Needs
There are a whole host of tools in Read&Write designed to help students with special educational needs including, Text-to-Speech to help with word recognition, it’s also a great way of spotting mistakes for those students who struggle to read text. What’s more, students with access arrangements in place can use Read&Write as a digital reader in exams, even in the GCSE English Language paper, where a human reader is not permitted.

low attainmentLow attainment group
For those students who just need a little extra help, Read&Write can be a great boost. Spelling and Grammar checkers give them greater confidence, allowing them to self check their own work before submitting. Other tools like Prediction helps to expand the vocabulary they use.

Every subject can benefit

Now that we’ve covered off how Read&Write helps each learner, here’s a run down of how it can be used in various subjects…

Business Studies

  • Students can use the Highlighters in Read&Write when researching online for assignments.
  • Check It, the spelling and grammar checker, is great for adding extra polish to coursework.
  • Encourage students to convert written revision notes to MP3 files with Audio Maker for on-the-go study.


  • Expand students’ creative writing skills by encouraging them to use the Prediction feature.
  • Students can improve understanding of questions and proofread responses with Text-to-Speech.
  • Help students to refine their argumentative writing style by using Highlighters. Use one colour for the main idea, another colour for supporting details and Collect Highlights by colour to create an essay outline.


  • Help students to read inaccessible text on-screen, from Ordnance Survey maps, for instance, with the Screenshot Reader.
  • Encouraging the use of the Highlighters feature helps students to differentiate between economic and social impacts of a natural hazard.
  • Students can use the Vocabulary List to compile quick reference lists for a new area of study.
We have lots of lesson plans which integrate Read&Write into Geography class.

History and Humanities

  • Students can listen to historical speeches, sonnets and plays on the go by converting written text to an audio file using the Audio Maker feature.
  • Encouraging the use of the Talk and Type feature in group work, helps students to work collaboratively and get ideas down quickly.
  • Help students to practice speeches and presentations by recording themselves using the Voice Notes feature.


  • Coupled with EquatIO, our Maths and STEM tool, students can create mathematical and scientific expressions by handwriting on a touchscreen or speaking into a computer’s microphone.
  • Encourage students to use Read&Write alongside EquatIO to hear their maths problems read aloud.
  • Students who would previously struggle to engage with maths and STEM materials can now easily access course content.
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Modern Foreign Languages

  • Have passages in French, Spanish, etc read aloud to help students with pronunciation by using the Translator and Text-to-Speech tools.
  • Allow students to create personalised vocabulary lists by using the Vocabulary List, Translator and Voice Notes features.
  • Encourage students to prep for oral exams by recording their answers using the Voice Notes feature.

Science and Technology

  • Students can have instructions for experiments read aloud using the Text-to-Speech feature.
  • They can also use the Talk and Type or Voice Notes features to make notes and observations while carrying out an experiment.
  • Help students to prepare for end-of-module tests by creating revision notes with visual aids using the Vocab List Builder and the Picture Dictionary.
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What else can Read&Write help with?

Read&Write can help in so many ways, across all subjects. But it doesn’t end there. There are other great ways, outside of the classroom where Read&Write comes in really handy.


Revision and study

On the go
All students can use the Audio Maker to convert written revision notes to MP3s for easy, on-the-go studying.

Easy organisation
By using the Highlighters features, students can easily categorise study notes and group together.

Revision made easy
The Voice Notes feature is a great way to quickly add comments and notes to revision.



Replace human reader
Read&Write can be used in place of a human reader, even in GCSE English Language paper, where reading is being assessed.

Normal way of working
Use Read&Write in every class, where possible so that it becomes students’ ‘normal way of working’ as required by the Joint Council for Qualifications. (JCQ)

Save money
Schools can save money by switching human readers and scribes for Read&Write exam reading technology.

Teaching staff

Accessible learning

Whole class
Ensure the whole class focus on what’s being read from the screen by using the Screen Mask feature.

Everyone engaged
Produce accessible documents for everyone in the class by converting written words to MP3s using the Audio Maker.

Feedback and collaboration
Leave feedback for students in their documents digitally with Voice Notes.


One last thing from us

Our Education team are on hand to help you every step of the way with Read&Write. Why not check out our webinar schedule - from understanding the fundamentals of Read&Write to learning how to use the software in exams, there’s a webinar for everyone!
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For more information, contact our Texthelpers