How to use this exemplar to improve practice?
This report is very well structured and could be used for professional reading by staff taking forward an improvement priority on early literacy. Hyperlinks provide access to the Highland Literacy emergent literacy resources for reflection.
- How well is our focus on literacy closing the poverty related attainment gap?
- How well are we removing barriers to learning and ensuring equity for all?
PDF file: Northern Alliance - Raising Attainment in Literacy, Language and Communication - Interim Report: December 2016 (1 MB)
Explore this resource
What was done?
Northern Alliance used funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge to work collaboratively and improve literacy in targeted schools across each of the local authorities. A development officer was identified to drive the project and an evaluation strategy was embedded. Clear governance structures and a shared rational was in place to ensure successful implementation. Individuals were identified to lead the work within each of the local authorities. Staff received professional learning alongside Allied Health professionals and children were screened to identify gaps in phonological awareness and pre-handwriting skills. A programme of support was created for each child to improve their skills.
Through self-evaluation the Northern Alliance identified literacy as an improvement priority to raise attainment.
What was the impact?
The project created networks across and within the local authorities to support practitioners improve their practice in developing children’s phonological awareness and handwriting skills. Large numbers of staff received training and increased their confidence in developing children’s phonological awareness and pre-writing skills. Specific gaps in children’s phonological awareness are identified and a strategy is in place to develop children’s literacy skills taking account of specific issues. Through evaluation recommendations are now in place to improve practice further.