Category: Literacy

Closing the Vocabulary Gap with Alex Quigley

7th of June at 4pm
Alex explores the phenomenon of the ‘vocabulary gap’ and its crucial impact on learning in the classroom. In this session, he explores how teachers can support vocabulary through rich academic talk, alongside applying vocabulary approaches to ensure pupils read and write with success. Alex holds a mirror up to word-rich classrooms and offers practical strategies that you can apply in your own classroom context.
Sign up via CPD Manager – course ID: 78389

Closing the Reading Gap with Alex Quigley

11th of May at 4pm
Alex explores the brilliantly complex act of reading in this session. He tackles practical issues, such as developing reading fluency, and how to support pupils to become strategic and knowledgeable readers. The session draws upon Alex’s best selling book for teachers, and is research-informed but also packed with practical strategies every teacher can apply in the classroom.
Sign up via CPD Manager – course ID: 78388

How Good Is Our Play for Learning Framework

Final Play for Learning Framework Please read our “How Good Is Our Play for Learning Framework” which we have produced. Please click on pdf link.

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Our December FVWL RIC/Education Scotland SWAY Newsletter

FVWL RIC /ES December SWAY Newsletter

Just a reminder of our equity themed December SWAY Newsletter which showcases some of the amazing work going on across our Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative (FVWLRIC). You can see the work across our FVWLRIC workstreams, locally and nationally. This is #OurRIC so please get in touch if you would like more information, have any suggestions or if there is something you would like to share for upcoming February newsletter.


RIC Writing Programme – Persuasive

Tuesday 8th of February
4pm – 5pm

This session is the third in a series looking in depth at the learning and teaching of writing. In this particular session we will cover the text type: Persuasive. What are the features of a persuasive piece, the structure of this text type and how can we introduce this text type to maximise understanding and encourage our learners to write for enjoyment?

Sign up via CPD Manager course ID: 77642

Contact Chiara Sportelli – Literacy Workstream

Embedding a Play Pedagogy and Learner-Led Approach in Primary 2 and Beyond

Tuesday 1st of February
4pm – 5pm

We continue our sharing practice in Play Pedagogy sessions with another opportunity to hear from practitioners who have embraced play and will share practical tips and suggestions for wherever you are on your play journey.

This session will provide a glimpse into Allan’s Primary School (Stirling) and how they are re-inventing the school experience for their Primary 2 learners. With a focus on Outdoor Learning, regarding their Environment as the third educator and valuing Curiosity Time (learner led experiences), they are harnessing the excellent, play-based practice identified at Early Level and exploring how this may look at the next stage of the school experience.

Sign up via CPD Manager, course ID:77641

For further information Contact Chiara Sportelli – Literacy Workstream


Are you interested in practitioner enquiry? Would you like to collaborate with colleagues from across our FVWL RIC?

20th January at 4pm via Teams
Sign up via CPD Manager, course ID: 77332

This information session will introduce a literacy-focussed, collaborative, professional practitioner enquiry opportunity across our FVWL RIC. It will include input from practitioners who will share how previous enquiry projects impacted on their pupils as well as their own professional learning.

We will share how colleagues across our RIC can support each other through this process.

For further information please contact: Contact Chiara Sportelli – Literacy Workstream

A Model For Play Pedagogy

Webinar, 23rd of November at 4pm

This session will share Wallacestone Primary’s journey to build on their existing elements of play in Primary 1 as they have worked over the last three years to make gradual, progressive changes to their approaches to play pedagogy.

They will cover how they have made use of Falkirk Council’s Model for Play Pedagogy to consider child initiated, adult initiated and adult directed learning in Primary 1 and how this has been taken forward into Primary 2. They will look at:
– Their play pedagogy journey in Primary 1 and 2, considering how they support development of Literacy and
– The professional learning that has underpinned this approach.
– Their next steps working with colleagues in their cluster and neighbourhood group.

Sign up via CPD Manager, course ID: 76995

Writing About Film: Critical Essays

Tuesday 7th December | 4.30pm-5.30pm

Analysing films is a wonderful option for English teachers, introducing new skills to pupils and allowing those who struggle to access written texts to show off their analytical abilities. However, it can be daunting for teachers to translate their knowledge and understanding of critical essay writing for prose or poetry to film.

In this session for Secondary English teachers Gail Robertson, Film Education Officer at Screen Scotland – and an ex-English/Media teacher – will outline ways to approach the study of a film with a critical essay for English as the end point. She will cover both BGE and NQ levels, discussing film choice, using evidence, scene analysis and structuring a response.

This session is ideal for English teachers new to film education, but also for more experienced teachers looking for some new inspiration!

Sign up via CPD Manager, course ID: 76928
Contact Chiara Sportelli – Literacy Workstream

Film Education and the Four Cs: Critical, Cultural, Creative…and Christmas!

Tuesday 30 November | 4.30pm-5.30pm

With the festive season almost here, you might be looking for some new fun activities to engage your classes and get them into the Christmas spirit! In this session Screen Scotland’s Film Education Team, Scott Donaldson and Gail Robertson, will be joined by Jonathan Charles, animator and film education practitioner of D Fie Foe. Scott and Gail will outline some critical and cultural activities using the 3Cs for a short Christmassy film and Jonathan will demonstrate how to make a Christmas-themed animation.

This session is ideal for practitioners new to film education, but also for those with a bit more experience who are looking for some Christmas inspiration!

Sign up via CPD Manager, course ID: 76921
Contact Chiara Sportelli – Literacy Workstream