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.