Call for more use of Scots language in classrooms

More use of the Scots language in lessons could not only help pupils understand their culture better but also improve literacy and general learning, according to a report by Education Scotland.

Scots, which is recognised as a language rather than a dialect by both the European Union and the UK government, has seen more acceptance in schools under the Curriculum for Excellence reforms of the last five years.

However, it still prompts widespread negative attitudes, with one recent official survey finding that almost two-thirds of Scottish people themselves do not consider it a real language, and others regarding it as a slang version of English.

The report welcomed progress but called for a more integrated approach.

“Across all sectors, staff are increasingly using Scots and Scottish texts to develop children’s and young people’s literacy skills,” it states.

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