A new and innovative project to raise attainment in literacy is underway across three Clackmannanshire Primary schools.
Banchory, Menstrie and Park Primary Schools are working together as part of the Attainment Challenge programme. Children in each of the three schools, one school from each of the Learning Communities, will share their learning experiences and engage with educational apps both at school and at home with a particular focus on literacy.
As 'digital natives', children in Primary 6 have never known a world without widespread technology in all areas of daily life, and as children spend more and more time online these three schools are seeking to develop students' skills, knowledge and understanding of technology and the online world to raise attainment in literacy skills.
Children are using technology to communicate with each other, share learning experiences and use educational apps both at school and at home with a particular focus on reading.
Cllr Ellen Forson, Convener of Education said: "A key part of the Attainment Challenge that we are introducing in Clackmannanshire is to raise literacy levels in our schools, and a crucial part of that is putting 21st century technology at the centre of these efforts.
"These young people have been brought up in a world where digital technology is a routine part of their everyday life, and this project is using that knowledge to encourage and motivate a renewed interest in reading and literacy. Working together across learning communities creates closer links between teachers, pupils and parents, and we are all focussed on achieving the very best for our schools."
The Scottish Attainment Challenge was launched to improve educational outcomes for children and Clackmannanshire is one of seven local authorities who have received a share of £100m funding allocated to drive forward improvements. An Attainment Challenge Team has now been established to lead the Scottish Attainment Challenge in Clackmannanshire.
The Scottish Attainment Challenge focuses on primary schools and targets improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. It will build on, and complement, existing activity to address the gap in educational attainment between our most and least advantaged communities. More information can be found on ClacksWeb.