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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03187: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether all schools have clear strategies in place across the curriculum to reduce the vocabulary gap.

Answered by: John Swinney 13 October 2016

It is the responsibility of individual schools to develop the most appropriate approach to reducing the vocabulary gap, as they best understand their local needs, context and priorities. However, the Scottish Government have set out in Delivering Excellence and Equity In Scottish Education – A Delivery Plan for Scotland an expectation that all schools have clear strategies in place across the curriculum in school session 2016-17 to reduce the gap in their context. This should include the vocabulary gap where appropriate.

The Scottish Government, through its education improvement agency, Education Scotland, is working with schools and early years settings to focus the curriculum to meet children’s needs fully including work to close the vocabulary gap. As part of this work, a number of professional learning resources related to education leadership as well as support materials on how schools can develop a literacy-rich curriculum in Primary one to Primary three to help to close the vocabulary gap have been published on the Education Scotland National Improvement Hub. These will support schools in developing their approaches.