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The FV&WL RIC Literacy Rationale

Literacy is the key to ensuring equity, effective participation and excellence – moving from enabling to empowering our learners and their communities.

Each local authority recognises that by improving attainment levels in reading and writing, young people will be able to achieve more. By working across and through the collaborative, combining resources, creativity and expertise, we will be empowered to transform learning.


The aim of this work stream

To develop collaborative learning approaches which build staff capacity to deliver high quality literacy learning experiences for all.

What do we want to do?

  • Directly support practitioners to develop their knowledge, understanding and application of research informed pedagogy which is proven to improve outcomes for children and young people.
  • Develop face to face and digital collaboration between practitioners within and across local authorities to promote leadership at all levels.
  • Support reflection on learners’ performance which results in continuous improvement   – raising attainment and closing poverty related attainment gaps.

How will we take our work forward?

For 2019-20, there were three working groups within the literacy workstream, each with a clear focus on improving aspects of reading.

  • Developing teachers’ professional judgement of achievement of a level in reading.  Led by Carol Turnbull, Falkirk Council.
  • Building a reading culture in our schools.  Led by Jacqui Burns, Stirling Council.
  • Building skills in early vocabulary development.  Led by Catherine Thomas, West Lothian Council.

The Literacy Academy was established in January 2020 to provide resources and programmes to support practitioners in closing the poverty related attainment gap in literacy. The main programmes to date are Reciprocal Reading (for primary and English practitioners) and Disciplinary Literacy (for non-English BGE teachers). For further details please contact Dr. Janet Adam:

FVWL Regional Improvement Collaborative Literacy Action Plan 2019-20

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