“All of the programmes featured in this publication by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning share valuable experiences and lessons. They reflect a view of effective learning families whereby each child is a member of a family, and within a learning family every member is a lifelong learner. Among disadvantaged families and communities in particular, a family literacy and learning approach is more likely to break the intergenerational cycle of low education and literacy skills..” (Elfert and Hanermann 2014)
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.
This one-day event will bring together teachers, education professionals and communities from across Scotland to discuss tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating difference through a series of interactive workshops, keynote speeches and panel discussions.
The annual Education Conference will take place at the Hilton Grosvenor, Edinburgh on Friday 3 June.
Further information and booking details available here.
Generations Working Together invites primary and secondary schools to become involved in an age friendly project supported by a GWT Development Officer. They are looking to identify 4 schools within City of Glasgow and Perth & Kinross local Authority Areas, one primary and one secondary from each area to be part of this project in the next academic year.
In partnership with Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI) and with funding secured to develop this project from The Big Lottery, GWT is looking to identify schools who would like to show that they can be a hub for intergenerational engagement promoting inclusion, participation and wellbeing of older people and the generations they share their communities with.
If you are interested and would like to know more please check out here . Deadline for calls of interest close on Friday 29th April at 5pm.
On 26th March 2016, Education Scotland ran the literacy event ‘Reading for achievement in your classroom’. And what a day it was! The event engaged with 70 delegates from secondary schools across Scotland but we didn’t want this just to be for those who could make it. One of the aims for the day was to keep the learning going after the event and as a result our literacy community has really heated up.
Delegates were asked to sign up in pairs comprising of one literacy specialist and one non-specialist in order to discuss literacy across learning in all subject areas and we were thrilled that so many schools were able to give staff the chance to attend the event in pairs.
The importance of literacy across learning and why it is the responsibility of all was addressed in the presentations given by Helen Fairlie and Madelaine Baker. The group shared their thoughts and ideas enthusiastically and we really had a chance to consider our own roles in improving literacy – and how that role can help change life chances and address the attainment gap.
Workshops offered further professional dialogue around Tracking, HGIOS 4, Literacy and the library and Focus on reading. There was lively debate and groups worked together to improve their understanding and to develop ideas to take back to school.
As the day developed, so did our SWAY – don’t know what a SWAY is? You can see a preview of this at the bottom of this blog . It can be viewed in full by logging into GLOW and accessing the Readachieve page. Don’t forget to check out the carousel slides on the literacy blether which give you a direct link to all our resources!
We added videos of all of the presentations from the literacy team as well as the 5 minute shout out videos from secondary school practitioners from across Scotland. Materials including power point slides are also available.
In the afternoon, delegates made a pledge to develop literacy across learning in their own schools. The pledges were uploaded and you can see them on the #readachieve page.
We will be following up the pledges with our delegates in spring/summer term to see how they are getting on.
If you want to join in the conversation and get the chance to follow the #readachieve story, make your own pledge or share work that you are doing in your own school, join the community at Readachieve or follow our twitter feed @lal_edscot.
You can also engage in professional learning and find helpful advice and support on literacy across learning at Literacy Across Learning.
You can get a sneak preview of the day’s events below. More will become available if you sign up to the literacy blether. Use #readachieve when you sign up and I will advise you how to get involved.
We thought we’d let you know of an event hosted by Inspiring Scotland and Children in Need and supported by Jeely Piece to look at lots of different ways to facilitate play.
The event is designed to showcase the raft of playful activities that can be delivered for disadvantaged children and young people across Scotland, playful opportunities that require little or no equipment, and that can be utilised in family’s homes, in their communities and in schools. Play can make a massive difference in the lives of children and young people and not just at an early age. This event will demonstrate how play activities can be delivered in different ways with all age groups.
The event will also look at how funding is available to charitable organisations to kick start and support playful opportunities that enhance the lives of Scotland’s children and young people.
The event is practical and will be both indoors and outdoors, so please come dressed appropriately for the weather on the day and wear outdoor shoes.
During the day workshops will be on offer:
o Inclusive Play – Capability Scotland
o Play Rangers and Street Play – Possibilities for Each and Every Kid
o Active Play – Agile, Healthy Valleys and Jeely Piece Club
o Risky Play – Play Scotland and Care Commission
o Cooking Outdoors and Fire Play – Broxburn Family Centre
o Mini Play Rangers – Parent Action for Safe Play and Youth Scotland
You can register here.
GCPH new report, Glasgow: health in a changing city looks in detail at how health and life expectancy are changing in Glasgow and each of its 56 neighbourhoods, and the links to the changes over the last 20 years to the city’s population, housing, environmental and socioeconomic circumstances.
Understanding Glasgow sets out to describe life circumstances and health in the city. Here you will find key indicators, showing trends and comparisons within the city and with other cities.
Midlothian-based author Simon Puttock, who lives in Newtongrange won the Bookbug Reader’s (3-7 yrs) category for his picture book Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, illustrated by Ali Pye. Published by Nosy Crow, the book follows Mouse on her first day at Miss Moon’s Moonlight School for all the small creatures of the night, but she is very shy, too shy to even say hello. Luckily, with help from Miss Moon and her new friends Bat, Cat and Owl, a game of hide-and-seek makes Mouse feel right at home.
Simon is no stranger to the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, having won a 2006 Award for Little Lost Cowboy, and appearing on both the 2008 and 2010 shortlists. Born in New Zealand, he travelled all over the world with his family as a child. He wanted to be a vet when he was little, but grew up to become a bookseller. He was particularly interested in children’s books and was chosen to be a Children’s Whitbread judge. He has since become a full-time writer, creating over 30 children’s books.
Commenting on his win, Simon said:
“What does it mean to me to win the award? Apart from it meaning me being enormously (but happily) surprised, it means being able to take huge pleasure in the fact that Ali’s and my book is out there, having an unpredictable but entirely satisfactory life of its own. What more could we wish for?”
The United Nations recently agreed a set of goals that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030. A 17-point plan to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality. They are the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place. Resources available include: a guide, an animated introductory film and a set of lesson plans.
Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme, has today (24 February 2016) unveiled a brand new music CD which will be given out free to every toddler in Scotland.
Featuring a collection of traditional and contemporary songs and rhymes, including a special bonus track from Dolly Parton’s “I Believe in You” Imagination Library album, the CD will be gifted by health visitors directly to parents in the Bookbug Toddler Bag.
The collection of music was put together by a variety of talented musicians and singers and young children. Working in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland and with funding from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, Scottish Book Trust invited musician, Marianne Fraser to undertake a music residency at the Fort Early Years Centre in Leith. The findings of this residency were then used to inform the development of the new CD.
Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People said:
“Improving literacy in our children and young people is a key priority for this Government and we know that learning begins long before school. That’s why we are investing in initiatives like Bookbug which encourages parents to play a part in their child’s learning through fun activities like reading and singing. This helps a child’s development and can give them the skills and abilities that will make it easier for them to keep learning as they grow. These new CDs are a fantastic addition to the Bookbug pack and will be enjoyed by children and families across the country.”
57,500 copies of the Bookbug Toddler CD have been produced to include in the Bookbug Toddler Bag which will be gifted to every toddler in Scotland in March 2016.
For more information go to the Scottish Booktrust website