Literacy decline over past three years

Scotland’s education minister Angela Constance has promised to step up efforts to improve pupils’ literacy after a national survey found levels had fallen in the last three years.

The biggest teaching union, the EIS, said the results had to be seen in the context of budget cuts that had made classes bigger while squeezing staff numbers and other resources.

The 2014 Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy found 

47 per cent of S2 boys were doing well, very well or beyond the level they were being assessed for in writing, a drop of 11 percentage points since 2012. For girls in S2, the equivalent figure was 63 per cent, down from 70 per cent.

In schools in the most deprived communities, 41 per cent of S2 children were found to be in that category for writing, compared with 54 per cent in the last survey.

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