Tools for Writing progressions

Argyll and Bute hs created a document which shows the progressions within the tools for writing Benchmarks,  split into relevant areas such as spelling, punctuation and so on.  This is to support the evaluation of pupil work against a level as well as to help teachers understand what needs to be covered at which stages. The document can be found under staff/sharing good practice / Benchmarks as well as being accessed here.

National Library of Scotland resources

The National Library of Scotland has resources to support language and literature including a primary resource on fairytales, video interviews with 3 leading Scottish science fiction writers, resources on forgotten women writers and getting started with Shakespeare. These can be accessed through staff/sharing good practice / reading or by following this link:

World Cup writing resources

The National Literacy Trust have produced a series of free downloadable resources to support writing in the upper years of primary, focused around the 2018 FIFA world cup in Russia. There’s a challenge for pupils supported by a teaching resource, handouts for pupils, a poster for your classroom, bookmarks and a certificate to celebrate achievement. Follow this link to access more information and the resources:


Festival of the sea writing competition – win £90 Calmac vouchers!


Calling all budding writers! Festival of the Sea has a writing competition open to all ages, including school children and adults! The theme is “What will future archaeologists say about our time?”  Primary 1-4 are asked to write a poem, Primary 5-S2 the lyric of a song, S3-S6 and adults to write a short story on the theme of around 1,000 words.

Closing Date Friday 18th May.

 Prizes include:

•             £90 in Calmac vouchers!

•             Historic Environment Scotland family membership!

•             £30 voucher for Sealife Adventures Oban!

•             Books from Kilmartin House Museum!

•             Viking necklaces!

There will be readings and adjudications at the Festival itself which will be held on Saturday and Sunday 26/27th May at the Ocean Explorer Centre 11.30 – 16.30. Our family-friendly event will explore the impact of 21st century living on the marine environment and what this may mean for future human generations. Oban scientists will share the latest insights into human impacts on the marine ecosystem, locals and artists will exhibit their creative responses and entrepreneurs showcase latest technological solutions. And you can even visit the Historic Environment Scotland Viking Invasions event being held on the same weekend next door at Dunstaffnage Castle.


Book Week partners wanted!

The Scottish Book Trust are looking for event partners to help organise events during Book Week Scotland 2018 which will run from Monday 19th – Sunday 25th November. There is a short Survey Monkey application form for funding of up to £325 per event. It’s a great opportunity to drive forward reading for pleasure in your school and can help support the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.  Details can be found here.

National Literacy Trust Poetry Survey

Are you interested in finding out what your pupils think of poetry? The National Literacy Trust’s new Pupil Poetry Survey, for pupils aged nine to 18, explores children and young people’s consumption and creation of poetry. If your school takes part, you’ll receive a free report on your pupils’ attitudes towards poetry. For more information visit