* Glasgow has backed the capital's stance on literacy and admitted improving teaching methods is the key to higher standards. Evidence from literacy task groups underlines that expectations and overall performance in literacy "need to be substantially raised", according to a report before yesterday's education committee.
"No systematic attempt has been made to ensure that all primary teachers acquire the skills to teach reading in the way the most successful teachers do," the council states.
It accepts standards of teaching reading have varied widely across the city.
The absence of information about primaries' performance has prevented the systematic monitoring of approaches to literacy, Glasgow says.