Collaboration and Discussion

The literacy framework:

Year 7

  • make a range of contributions to discussions, e.g. leading, encouraging and supporting others
  • reach consensus and agree actions in groups, e.g. agreeing a plan, weighing up reasons and evidence.

Year 8

  • take a range of roles, e.g. organising, initiating actions, in more formal group contexts, e.g. when working with unfamiliar peers or adults
  • discuss opposing viewpoints and negotiate ways forward.

Year 9

  • take a range of roles in group discussion with greater autonomy, including in more formal situations, e.g. chair, scribe
  • recognise a range of options for action and reach agreement to achieve the aims of the group.


They listen carefully to both individual speakers and group discussions, keeping track of ideas and arguments and trying to understand others’ points of view. Their sensitivity in listening is shown in following others’ ideas, testing them out through application in different contexts, analysing conclusions and criticising constructively. In group work they are alert to what will enable the group to progress and adapt their contributions accordingly, including organising activities, drawing others in and negotiating to reach conclusions.

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