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Interesting Update from the last National Literacy Network Meeting


Yvonne McBlain, Yvonne Manning and Carol Turnbull (FCS Literacy team) attended the National Literacy Network Meeting on 19th March 2018. Helen Fairlie, Development Officer, Education Scotland arranged and hosted the event which consisted of:

  • Sharing of early messages – an overview of Literacy nationally

Helen Fairlie is in the process of analysing available HMIE inspection reports and other data to compile her report on how pupils and schools are currently progressing with Literacy. An extract of her slide presentation can be accessed here – Helen stressed that this is interim data about pupil achievement of literacy within CfE, and that her analysis of inspection reports is not complete.

  • Conversations about Language and Literacy:

Click on the snapshot above of Dr Sarah McGeown’s blog to discover more about how she is linking research and practice. Her work focuses on early reading, motivation and engagement in reading, gender differences and children and young people’s reading choices.

Dr Lynne Duncan   is researching pre-school language and emergent literacy and reading among bilingual learners, as well as literacy difficulties. Click the snapshot of the Improving Children’s Literacy website below to explore their work further.

Click here to view their presentation from the event.




Sharing of developments by Dundee City Council

Gail Stirling and Nicola McDonald from Dundee City Council shared their development of literacy at all levels. Click here to view their presentation and hear how the process they are supporting is already impacting on learner attainment.

  • Sharing of Literacy priorities in each local authority area

Each local authority submitted a presentation slide showing their current priorities for literacy – there was time to discuss these in the afternoon.

Watch out for Interesting Update 2 with more info about the afternoon.


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