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Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

Par­ents and fam­i­lies have a key role to play in help­ing their chil­dren to read, write and count well.

That’s the mes­sage from Read, Write, Count, a new gov­ern­ment-led cam­paign launched this week which is aimed at chil­dren in pri­maries one to three.

The cam­paign will build on the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment’s PlayTalkRead early years cam­paign by en­cour­ag­ing par­ents and fam­i­lies to in­clude read­ing, writ­ing and count­ing in their ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties, such as walk­ing around the su­per­mar­ket or trav­el­ling home from school.

The cam­paign, which will be de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land and the Scot­tish Book Trust, builds on ex­ist­ing Scot­tish gov­ern­ment ef­forts to tackle ed­u­ca­tional in­equal­i­ties and raise at­tain­ment in early years and be­yond as part of an ex­tended pro­ject in Scot­land.

As part of the cam­paign, all P1-3 chil­dren will re­ceive a gift of books and lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy learn­ing ma­te­ri­als through their school.

Out­reach will be pro­vided in some com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port par­ents, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties to make the most of these re­sources. Re­sources will be avail­able for chil­dren in both English and Gaelic.

An­gela Con­stance, cab­i­net sec­re­tary for ed­u­ca­tion and life­long learn­ing, backed the cam­paign dur­ing a visit to Craigswood Sports Cen­tre in Liv­ingston where she met young peo­ple en­joy­ing them­selves ahead of the new school term.

She said: “En­sur­ing chil­dren read, write and count well early is key to their suc­cess at school and in life.

“There’s lots of re­ally good work al­ready un­der way across Scot­land and Read, Write, Count will bring some ex­cit­ing new and fun ideas into the mix for pupils through­out the coun­try.

“Cru­cially, it will en­cour­age par­ents and fam­i­lies to play a key role in help­ing their chil­dren – some­thing all the ev­i­dence sug­gests can have a big im­pact on how well chil­dren do at school.

“I was proud to launch PlayTalkRead na­tion­ally in 2011, which en­cour­aged par­ents to play, talk and read more of­ten with their chil­dren.

“Read, Write, Count takes the idea of learn­ing fur­ther.

“It’s un­der­stand­able that any par­ent or carer could feel daunted about play­ing a part in their child’s ed­u­ca­tion.

“That’s why our cam­paign of­fers sup­port in bring­ing fun and learn­ing in to ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties with their child to make life hap­pier and eas­ier.

“Whether it’s in the su­per­mar­ket, on the way to school, at bed­time or sit­ting down for a meal, learn­ing isn’t just for class­rooms or home­work.

“Read, Write, Count of­fers some great

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