Scottish school named UK Literacy School of the Year

St Anthony’s Primary School in Johnstone was chosen for the honour by the UK Literacy Association, which aims to raise literacy standards in schools across the nation. reports.

It is among the schools to introduce the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach, a project between Renfrewshire Council and the University of Strathclyde, funded by the local authority and the Scottish Government.

Independent assessors from UKLA who visited the school, which has around 200 pupils, noted how every classroom has a wide range of books with comfortable reading areas, and how staff and pupils speak eloquently about the books they enjoy.

Children also have the opportunity to discuss books in Reading Cafes and can learn using laptops, digital cameras and tablets.

Head teacher Jacqueline McBurnie, who received the award from UKLA President Tracy Parvin, said: “The staff in St Anthony’s Primary embraced the programme with enthusiasm and determination that we would improve our knowledge of literacy, increase our understanding of how poverty impacts on literacy attainment and of how to intervene to promote equality.”

Assessors noted how committed staff were to improving the life chances of pupils, as well as their determination to work with parents and the local community.

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