Is literacy vital? At this school, it’s taken as read…

Primary school wins UK award for its ‘complete focus on creating readers’

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Many of the teachers at St Anthony’s Primary in Johnstone went back to university to study children’s literacy last year. Every two weeks for the duration of the year-long master’s-level course, the academics came to work with them at the school.

Now, they continue to keep up to date with the best of children’s books via a monthly book club, also based in the Renfrewshire school, which all 19 teachers and the headteacher attend. The book club is run by the academic Vivienne Smith, an expert in children’s literacy and literature.

Headteacher Jacqueline McBurnie is emphatic: it is her ...

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