Building a Reading Culture

Our Reading Culture network  met today for the third of our professional network events. Our focus was on the model for improvement, sharing our test of change plans and progress to date and time to reflect with colleagues on the network so far. We were joined by Jen Harwood from the Scottish Booktrust who was able to share a national perspective and join us for our discussions

Stirling Digital TeachMeet open to all in Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative

All education practitioners in Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative and beyond are welcome to the Stirling Digital TeachMeet being held at CodeBase Stirling, 8-10 Corn Exchange Rd, Stirling FK8 2HU on Thursday 14 March from 4pm-6.30pm.

Come along to meet like-minded digital enthusiasts and share ideas about the use of digital technology for learning and teaching!

To find out more and to sign up click on the link below:

Stirling Digital TeachMeet

Falkirk Digital TeachMeet open to all in Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative

All education practitioners in Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative and beyond are welcome to the Falkirk Digital TeachMeet being held on Tuesday 26 February in St Mungo’s RC High School, Falkirk, from 5-7pm with refreshments from 4.30pm.

A TeachMeet is an informal gathering of those curious about learning and teaching. The theme of our TeachMeet is the use of digital technology to enhance the learning of our pupils. This is for teachers from any sector and from any part of the country

Find out more and register at the link below:

Falkirk Digital TeachMeet – February 2019

Raising attainment in literacy and closing the poverty related attainment gap

Why is this being prioritised?

Each local authority recognises that by improving attainment levels in reading, 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.

Overarching Aims

To develop collaborative learning approaches which build staff capacity to deliver high quality literacy learning experiences for all.
What do we want to achieve?

To directly support practitioners to develop their knowledge, understanding and application of research informed pedagogy that is proven to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Develop face to face and digital collaboration between practitioners within and across local authorities and health boards to promote leadership at all levels.

To raise literacy attainment for all and close the poverty related attainment gap by supporting reflection on the performance of learners to enable continuous improvement.

Actions and Indicators of Progress

Short term (February-June 2018)

1. Identify leads from each authority (Literacy Team) to work with the literacy QAMSOs to develop a plan based on feedback from teachers and practitioners
2. Analyse baseline data and information from across the RIC
3. Identify common areas for targeting interventions
4. Identify drivers for improvement (Literacy Strategic Plan Appendix 2)
5. Establish sub group work-streams for agreed areas to research, develop and support: Accurate practitioner judgement of CfE levels in reading
Practitioners’ skills in pedagogies required to engage learners in building a reading culture
Sharing skills in pedagogies required in vocabulary development
6. Develop a professional learning programme for reading moderation

Medium term (August 2018 – June 2019)

1 Literacy QAMSOs will work with the lead team to develop a high quality moderation pack for Reading
2. Develop a digital sharing space to support pedagogy CLPL
3. Develop power-points and holistic assessments to support professional judgement in confirming CfE levels in Reading
4. Identify best practice to share across the RIC
5. Initiate practitioners groups supported by librarians and researchers who will build practitioner skills in developing a reading culture
6. Discuss and agree baseline measures to use to gauge progress (use information provided by the Performance Improvement Team)
7. The Literacy Team will discuss measurement of progress and analysis of data with the Performance Improvement Team
8. Create a Literacy data pack demonstrating tracking progress and improvement
9. Engage with the Communications Team to design a strategy to share practice and develop a practitioner network for literacy
10. Literacy QAMSOs will work with practitioners, schools and clusters within their own local authority to build confidence in professional judgement on CfE levels in reading
11. Provide input to the Autumn FV & WL RIC Consultation on the ‘Ask and the Offer’
12. Review Literacy plans in light of the outcomes of the consultation
13. Develop partnerships with Scottish Booktrust and other identified literacy partners.

Longer term

1. Evaluate the effectiveness of staff development approaches
2. Review progress at identified level(s) of literacy in reading
3. The Literacy team will explore and facilitate sharing best practice from PEF strategies across the RIC
4. A wider collaboration strategy will be developed with partners and stakeholders including CLD, ASN groups and parents
5. Design a scaling up of the project to all levels throughout the BGE

Intended Impact of the Literacy Plan

The measures of success will be:

To be confirmed in consultation with the Performance Workstream – January 2019

Interim progress will be gauged by

  • Sampling of moderation shows consistency of practice
  • Practitioner feedback demonstrates quality collaborative activity
  • Assessments from speech and language therapy service demonstrate improvement
  • Practitioner feedback demonstrates improved confidence in reading level CfE judgements
  • Take up and evaluative feedback of collaborative CLPL opportunities
  • Engagement and participation with the digital communication platform