Emerging Literacy – Updated ‘Where to begin?’ Guide

To support schools in preparation for the 2017/2018 session the Emerging Literacy – Where to Begin has been updated with the relevevant links to resources which have been created during the course of this session to support practitioners and schools in taking a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy.

Click on the image above to access a document which captures the Emerging Literacy support materials on one page. The succinct guidance and hyperlinks aim to support practitioners across Highland to access the resources.

CLICK HERE – ‘Where to Begin?’ Guide

Scottish Book Trust – Live Literature

Fancy working with an author within your school, library or community group? The Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature funding is now open.

You may have Raising Attainment in Literacy, Language and Communication or Closing the Literacy, Language and Communication gap in your Improvement Plan for next year. We know that children and young people benefit from having a clear purpose and audience when developing their literacy, language and communication skills. Bring literacy to life with a visit from an author from the Scottish Book Trust’s database.

The funding will cover the author’s fee, their travel and their accommodation. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 27th September 2017. This is for sessions taking place between January and March 2018.

Interested? Find out more by clicking the link below.

CLICK HERE – Scottish Book Trust Live Literature



Pen Fifty Words – June 2017

With under a fortnight until the end of term, keep the creative juices flowing to the end of term with the Scottish Book Trust’s ’50 Word Fiction’

This month’s ’50 Word Fiction’ from the Scottish Book Trust is fifty word fantasy. This month you’re asked to ‘Write a story set in an enchanted wood.’

The deadline is Tuesday 27th June 2017. The Young Writers category is open to all children and young people under 18.

CLICK HERE – 50 Word Fiction (Enchanted Wood)

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

With under two weeks to go until schools break for summer, is your primary school promoting the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read six books over the summer holidays, linking children up with their local libraries.

CLICK HERE – Summer Reading Challenge Website

This year’s theme is ‘Animal Agents’, Share information with your children and their families using the following video:

How do your children get involved?


Education Scotland – Literacy and English Benchmarks (June 2017)

Following the draft Literacy and English Benchmarks published in August 2016, the final Benchmarks (following the consultation period) were published last week by Education Scotland.

Education Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence the CfE Statement for Practitioners
(Aug 2016) stated that the two key resources which support practitioners to plan learning, teaching and assessment are:
 Experiences and Outcomes
 Benchmarks.

Benchmarks have been developed to provide clarity on the national standards expected within each curriculum area at each level. They set out clear lines of progression in Literacy and English. Their purpose is to make clear what learners need to know, and be able to do to progress through the levels, and to support consistency in teachers’ and other practitioners’ professional judgements.

CLICK HERE – Education Scotland Benchmarks (June 2017)

Benchmarks are designed to be concise and accessible, with sufficient detail to communicate clearly the standards expected for each curriculum level.

The guidance from Education Scotland on using the Benchmarks: