"For those of us involved in literacy, this is like Christmas come early, " said Louise Hayward, assistant principal of St Andrews College.
Programmes like the READ project - Raising Early Achievement in Dundee - are reporting early signs of success. Originally based in 13 primary schools in areas of social deprivation, and focused on primaries 1 and 2, the scheme is now expanding to the whole city and is increasingly a whole-school approach.
Adult schemes like Second Chance to Learn also claim to make a difference. One young woman who did Higher English in a year wrote in its annual report: "Before I came to Second Chance to Learn, I used to believe what MPs said. "
Chris Dolan, playwright and former writer-in-residence in Easterhouse, Glasgow, gave a more guarded welcome. "We need to see it in a broader context - of library hours being restricted and drama teachers being laid off. If we really want to give power to literacy, we have to give power to those departments as well."