Literacy across learning

Paying the price: The cost of very poor adult literacy


Education Endowment Foundations summary of recommendations for Improving Literacy in the Secondary School.



Research from Oxford University Press and
The Centre for Education and Youth examines vocabulary at the time of transition from primary to secondary school.

Bridging the Word Gap at Transition 2020 (report)

Ideas for Closing the Word Gap in Classrooms

Six Ways to Build Science Vocabulary

Six Ways to Build Historic Vocabulary

Speak Like a Geographer (part 1)

Speak Like a Geographer (part 2)



@SPBeale Guided Reading – a useful resource around Guided Reading to help scaffold pupils’ thinking around reading and analysing a text.


The Confident Teacher blog

Does reading really matter in mathematics?


South Lanarkshire Council resources (2021)

SLC Spotlight on Literacy clinics

Support for Secondary School Practitioners Planning Teaching and Learning

SLC Secondary Literacy

Making Better Readers (Strathaven Academy)

Making Better Readers


Alex Quigley Vocabulary resources




Reading for pleasure digitally: secondary (National Literacy Trust)

Seeing yourself in what you read (National Literacy Trust report)
Diversity and children and young people’s reading in 2020

Alex Quigley: Do we need to sort out silent reading?

Alex Quigley: Confident readers in our digital age


The following links to professional learning resources, produced by Education Scotland, are designed to match some aspects of the way learning takes place in Curriculum for Excellence, through the breadth, challenge and application of learning for improvement in literacy through group discussion, reading and writing.

Education Scotland Literacy Professional Learning Resources   – Literacy across learning in secondary schools

Reading professional learning resources

Writing professional learning resource

Group Discussion professional learning resource

Scots Language in Curriculum for Excellence
Enhancing skills in literacy, developing successful learners and confident individuals
In April 2017, Education Scotland commissioned an expert Scots Language practitioner to visit three primary and three secondary schools to observe the learning and teaching of Scots as part of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). This report, published in August 2017, outlines the good practice observed during the visits and the positive impact for learners.

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