School sets an ex­am­ple for all

Calder­wood are high achiev­ers in lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

Calder­wood Pri­mary were last week vis­ited by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­gela Con­stance.

The MSP was at the school to mark the re­lease of the 2014 Scot­tish Sur­vey of Lit­er­acy and Nu­mer­acy.

The num­bers showed a decline of five per cent in read­ing stan­dards among eight and nine-year olds since 2012.

But Calder­wood was held up as an ex­am­ple of a school where kids are on the right path.

Head teacher Lisa Quinn said: “We were cho­sen be­cause of the good per­for­mance in both nu­mer­acy and lit­er­acy at the school.

“An­gela Con­stance came in and was at the school for around an hour and a half, so she was here for quite a while.

“She sat in with one of our pri­mary two classes, and looked over the work they were do­ing.

“It was a very pos­i­tive visit for the school, we were re­ally de­lighted to be recog­nised in this way.

“It’s great to have the hard work of the pupils recog­nised, and the work of all the staff here as well.

“I think it re­flects well on the whole com­mu­nity around the school as well.

“The sup­port we get from the lo­cal com­mu­nity has been tremen­dous.”

The Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary an­nounced ways the gov­ern­ment will seek to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards in Scot­land while she was vis­it­ing the school.

She said: “Lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy are vi­tal skills for our young peo­ple. That’s why the sur­vey was com­mis­sioned – to get a clear pic­ture at var­i­ous stages of school.

“And it is why we all must act on its find­ings.

“Put sim­ply, while Scot­tish pupils per­form well, th­ese re­sults are not as good as they should be.

“They demon­strate the need to re­dou­ble ef­forts to en­sure that ev­ery child can suc­ceed in school and so gain the skills they need for life.”

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An­gela Con­stance with the P2 pupils

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