Posted July 29, 2019 13:29:33A new study has found that one in three children in Scottish schools are not learning to spell.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has called on the Scottish Government to introduce a national curriculum that would cover all the basic aspects of reading and writing in the UK.
The SNP said the Scottish curriculum should be compulsory and compulsory reading, with all classes taught in English.
It has called for a national literacy test to be introduced to help the attainment of those who do not have a high school education.
A Scottish Government spokesman said:”This is a vital area of education for our children, and the Scottish National Government will be working with the Scottish Parliament and other interested parties to develop a national plan to help achieve that.”
The Scottish Government said it is currently developing the National Literacy Plan, which would be a key part of the national curriculum.
The National Literate Education Fund is set to provide £200m to the Scottish and Welsh governments to help improve teaching and learning.
The new Scottish government is also looking at plans to extend free access to online learning across the country.
It has already funded a number of online education providers including Udacity and Udemy, and said it would consider other funding options.
Meanwhile, Scottish education minister Liz Smith has been speaking to parents about the importance of having their children learn to read and write in the language they are exposed to in their home.
The SNP has said it will consider proposals to provide free online education to the entire country to tackle the “digital divide”.
“We recognise that many parents want their children to read at home, and have been talking to parents in other countries to get their ideas on how to do this,” SNP education spokeswoman Liz Smith said.
“We want to do more to support parents in developing their own plans to achieve this and to encourage the Scottish public to engage in this debate.”
“We need to know how our children are learning and we also need to be able to give them the support they need in that time and space to achieve their potential.”
The Scottish government said its education strategy is being developed to address the digital divide.
“Our national literacy plan will set out the future of education in Scotland, where the most deprived areas have the lowest literacy rates,” a Scottish Government spokeswoman said.
There are currently more than 1,000 online learning providers in Scotland.