We can do more to improve numeracy and literacy

Meeting with Primary 7 pupils from St Joseph's Kelty
Meeting with Primary 7 pupils from St Joseph’s Kelty

It was a great pleasure last week to meet up with Primary 6 pupils from my old school St Josephs in Kelty when they visited the Scottish Parliament. I also that week visited Primary 7 pupils at Foulford Primary School Cowdenbeath to discuss with them what my job involves and to hear their thoughts as they prepare to move to the High School.

As with these two schools every time I visit a school and meet young people I am struck by the level of confidence our young people have and by the level of teaching and learning going on in our schools. Fife is very proud of the fact that year on year the level of improvement in numeracy and literacy continues to grow.

This has happed as a result of the focussed approach being taken in Fife schools as a result of the decision by Fife Council to priorities resources into our primary schools with programmes aimed at improving numeracy and literacy.

Now that the evidence is available demonstrating what can be achieved I want to see a partnership between the Scottish government and local councils to make more resources available to continue this excellent work.

Post Author: Alex Rowley