Literacy in Scotland

Literacy in Scotland

Police chief: Children who read books less likely to be in gangs

READING books could prevent children growing up to become violent gang members, according to a senior police officer.

Free books to boost reading across UK

MORE than 200,000 copies of a book by the creator of Sherlock Holmes will be distributed free in Edinburgh and four other British cities as part of a new reading campaign.

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Scotland's ranking in child literacy falls

SCOTLAND has fallen down the rankings of an international league table of children's literacy, according to a report published yesterday.

:-) Txt comp splits teachers :-(

ABDN uni is org a mega ritng comp in txt 4 kids + teech r v :-[ coz they thnk lang sklls r bad enuf alrdy.

Scots pupils struggling to master basic skills in 3 Rs

TENS of thousands of school pupils in Scotland are failing to master basic literacy and numeracy skills by the age of 14, according to new figures.

Library cuts will diminish our culture and leave us all the poorer

I SHOULD declare several interests. I'm a book-lover; I actively support literacy wherever possible; I run The Child Literacy Centre; I'm an author; and, as chairwoman of the Society of Authors in Scotland, I fight for authors. Declared interests dealt with, let me say what has made me gnash my teeth.

Spreading the word in pictures

AROUND the long tables of the classroom, the group of 25 youngsters are beginning to get a bit fidgety.

Cash boost for babies' books

CULTURE Minister Patricia Ferguson today pledged funding of £1.5 million to expand a scheme which gives free books to babies.

Book bus joins drive to get children reading

A NEW book bus has been launched to give city youngsters better access to literature.

Children's writer in school visit

ACCLAIMED children's author Beth Webb is set to visit a city high school to try to inspire a love of literature among pupils.

School of Rock as Dead Beat poetry helps pupils to learn

A BAND from Edinburgh has seen one of their songs taught alongside Shakespeare and the poets of the First World War to help pupils improve their English.

WH Smith under fire for failing to stock more Scottish writers

BOOKSELLERS WH Smith are facing fierce criticism for failing to stock more Scottish writers.

Once upon a time, a third of parents never read stories to their children

MORE than a third of Scottish parents never read to their children, while a third of those that do admit to skipping pages to save time, a new study reveals.

Zoe books in at museum to tell her story from history

NOVELIST Zoe Strachan is used to taking her inspiration from the streets of Glasgow.

Reading & writing: your say

The reading age of Edinburgh's chldren varies by up to three years on entering secondary school.

Children ditch books and switch on internet

FEWER children are reading books for pleasure as they ditch the traditional after-school activities in favour of going online, according to a study.

Library to help fathers and children read together

READING sessions designed for dads and their kids are to take place at a Lothians library.

Results fail to add up for thousands of pupils

THOUSANDS of Edinburgh youngsters are falling behind in reading and writing. New figures reveal literacy skills among children aged seven to 11 have not risen in four years, and last year actually fell.

Is your local library on borrowed time?

Key quote "Libraries are different than they were 30 years ago. It is not about borrowing books anymore, it is about IT learning opportunities, newspapers, the internet and a whole range of things. The information explosion from the web means we need libraries even more as they identify quality information, and preserve it so that it is accessible to as many people as possible" - Elaine Fulton, director Scottish Library and Information Council

Schools tune in to phonics success

THE teaching method credited with eradicating children's illiteracy in one area of Scotland has been adopted by almost every local authority in the country.

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