This report presents findings from a study of family literacy programmes in England carried out by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) between July 2013 and May 2015. This mixed-methods study was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and explored: 1) the impact of school-based family literacy programmes on young children’s progress in reading and writing; and 2) how parents translate and implement what they learn in these classes into the home literacy environment. This study provides evidence that after attending family literacy sessions children improve their literacy skills and there are positive changes in the home literacy environment.
Learners from a Castlemilk adult learning group, The Only Way is Up, celebrated the completion of the first SCQF level 4 accredited course based on Counting on a Greener Scotland (COGS) at Whitelee Wind farm. They are pictured with Heather Reid who presented their certificates and WEA tutor Alison McLachlan. Learners evaluated the pilot course resources and their feedback will inform future provision.
The Only Way is Up is supported by the WEA, Ardenglen Housing Association, Clyde College and South Area Literacies Partnership. Education Scotland funded the development and design of the original numeracy educational pack Counting on a Greener Scotland which was developed by WEA with Heather Reid. Counting on a Greener Scotland focuses on weather, climate change and energy.
Ceitidh Computer Voice
Ceitidh is now available from CALL Scotland’s Scottish voice website alongside “Heather” and “Stuart”, the two Scottish computer voices. Heather and Stuart are also licenced for the entire Scottish Public Sector.
The new Gaelic computer voice is licensed for the Scottish public sector, so it can be used by students in schools, colleges and universities, NHS patients, and employees in the public sector. CALL also has permission to distribute the voice to charities.
The Gaelic voice works on Windows and Macintosh computers and can be used to:
- read Gaelic web sites, ebooks, textbooks, SQA exam papers and other curriculum resources;
- check writing, emails, and social media posts – proofreading by listening can improve spelling and grammar;
The voice will be particularly helpful for Gaelic speakers with dyslexia, reading difficulties and visual impairment, but it should also be useful for anyone learning or working in Gaelic.
The choice of the Glasgow Science Centre reflected two UNESCO themes for 2015:
- Literacy and Sustainable Societies and
- International Year of Light and Light Based Industries
Dr. Alasdair Allan, MSP, Minister for Learning Science and Scotland’s Languages provided the keynote speech and launched the Scots Language resource, biographies of famous Scottish scientists in Scots and English. Of special interest is the Scots Scientist James Clerk Maxwell who predated Einstein and contributed to the understanding of light.
Dr Allan said: “Literacy, has a massive effect on the sustainable development of communities around the world.
“Literacy attainment is a key focus in Scottish education and raising the levels of literacy learning is something we’re aiming to address with the Scottish Attainment Challenge.”
Professor Sue Ellis, University of Strathclyde, co-author of the research Closing the Attainment Gap has highlighted the importance of understanding and teaching different literacy strategies for different subjects.
The benefit of interdisciplinary learning was the theme of the key note address from former BBC presenter scientist Heather Reid OBE. Workshops reflected this interdisciplinary approach.
The SCQF Partnership is currently undertaking research to evaluate how the SCQF is being used by learners across all areas of education including school, college, university, CLD and those currently in employment. We would like to establish the level of knowledge of the SCQF and how it is being used by learners to make decisions on their learning and plan their learning pathways. We would also like to establish if there have been any changes in the levels of awareness and understanding of the SCQF since we last conducted this research in 2013.
This is the short on-line survey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCQF_Learners
The closing date is Friday 18 December 2015.