Media release: Early success for primary kids in literacy project


A PROJECT to raise literacy levels in primary schools across the Northern Alliance local authorities has produced some early success.

The project involves pupils undergoing a programme of early literacy development to improve reading, writing and communication skills.

The programme is being delivered in around 50 per cent of primary schools across the Northern Alliance, and early data shows that children in participating schools were 30 per cent more likely to attain at least Early Level in all three areas.

A report published by the NA today (Friday 2nd March) highlights some significant interim results.

It shows the difference in the percentage of young people achieving Early Level Literacy in schools which are engaging with the project compared to the schools which are not. The difference is most significant with children from the most deprived areas, who are twice more likely to achieve the Early Level Literacy level than those children in schools not involved in the project last year.

The results are from Highland Council schools and demonstrate that taking a developmental approach to early literacy works, and is effective in closing the attainment gap.

Regional improvement lead for the Northern Alliance, Laurence Findlay, said: “As a Regional Improvement Collaborative, the Northern Alliance has been committed to rolling out this literacy project and it is great to see the impact on the young people.

“Teachers involved in the project have also responded very positively to the training they have been given as part of the project.

“Providing this level of development for teachers and other professionals including educational psychologists and health professionals is central to the success of our work as a collaborative.

“Around 50 per cent of primary schools across the Northern Alliance authorities are working on this project which we hope to expand in future.”

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