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EDUCATION


School Library Improvement Fund will support digital literacy Photo: Shutterstock/ ESBProfessional


Council’s 99% coverage rate on remote learning


A Scottish local authority which conducted a survey of learning provision using remote systems has achieved coverage rates of up to 99 per cent. Aberdeenshire Council


has thanked schools, par- ents, teachers and learn- ers after a report showed some schools reaching almost all parents and carers during lockdown. One school in the


£100,000 fund marks next chapter


Support for school libraries to deliver key priorities


BY KEVIN O’SULLIVAN


Digital literacy is set to be among a range of innovative projects across Scotland’s school librar- ies supported by a new £100,000 fund.


Te School Library Improve-


ment Fund (SLIF), administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council on behalf of the Scottish Government, will support activities within school libraries that contribute to the de-


livery of key education priorities. Tis year, the fund ensured


priority was given to projects aimed at supporting school library service provision to pupils in response to Covid-19 lock- down measures. Te grants were awarded to 13 projects from 11 authorities across Scotland. Proj- ects encouraging young people’s development in digital literacy, as well as improving access to mental health and wellbeing resources, feature in the successful bids. SLIF funding will support cre-


ative projects such as the develop- ment of a fully equipped news studio for students in Aberdeen, allowing them to plan, edit and share news across the school and wider community. Tis will allow


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engagement at a time when many people across the community will feel the stress of isolation. In East Renfrewshire, the suc-


cessful project aims to explore is- sues surrounding young people’s development of digital literacy and resilience. It will develop a set of resources, activities and lesson plans that school librarians and teachers can use to support young people. Te school library at Sighthill


Community Campus in Glasgow will use funding to give every child access to wellbeing resources as a means of support, an important response to the lockdown.


School libraries in the Western Isles have received funding to support the provision of increased library engagement opportunities using digital technology for all pupils. Te aim is to give online access during lockdown to im- prove health, mental wellbeing, and to support literacy develop- ment and attainment through the library service. John Swinney, Deputy First


Minister, said: “Tis announce- ment is a reminder of the central role that school libraries can play in schools, and never more so than in current circumstances.” l


catchment has established that 125,000 pieces of work have been submit- ted online since schools were forced to adopt remote learning models of provision before Christ- mas.


Te local authority to-


day issued a note to thank everyone involved with the effort to sustain edu- cation during a challeng- ing period of Covid-19 disruption. Education and chil-


dren’s services committee chair, Councillor Gillian Owen said: “We know it’s not an easy time for anyone at the moment but it is heartening to see and hear about so many examples of best practice appearing on schools’ social media channels as well as through direct discussion. “Teachers and practitio-


ners, as well as children and young people, and parents, are demon- strating an absolutely outstanding commitment to home learning. It all looks so fun and engaging – keep up the excellent work, folks.” l


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