Putting literacy at the heart of learning

Reading, writing and spelling are to be embedded in all aspects of the new modern Curriculum for Excellence skills to give young people the best start in the 21st century workplace.  Under the Government’s new Curriculum for Excellence, literacy is being put at the heart of teaching. There will be renewed attention on spelling, comprehension, punctuation and debate in all their learning, whether it’s in the classroom or through new technology outside. Maureen Watt, Minister for Schools and Skills, said: “We teach children how to understand, analyse and communicate using words on paper and rightly so. We’re not going to stop that – indeed we want people to be properly equipped with better literacy skills. At the same time, of course, we get our news and information more from TV and the internet than from the newspaper. We communicate through email and text messaging and social networking more than writing letters.

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