Schools (Scottish Literature)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 7th October 2021.

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Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

7.

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to promote Scottish literature in schools. (S6O-00257)

Photo of Shirley-Anne Somerville Shirley-Anne Somerville Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government does not prescribe literature to be used in schools. However, curriculum for excellence provides schools and practitioners with the opportunity to make choices about the literature that is studied in schools to reflect the circumstances and needs of learners. That will often include the use of Scottish texts.

Scottish Qualifications Authority national 5 and higher English courses have a strong focus on Scottish literature, allowing candidates to develop an awareness and appreciation of Scotland’s rich social and cultural heritage.

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

Will the cabinet secretary say whether the Government feels that there are lessons to learn from other countries around Europe, where learning extensively about their country’s literature is almost without exception regarded as an essential outcome of secondary education for learners?

Photo of Shirley-Anne Somerville Shirley-Anne Somerville Scottish National Party

Dr Allan has made an important point. The Government is always keen for opportunities to learn from other countries in that and other areas of education. For example, we recently commissioned the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to review curriculum for excellence and its implementation, precisely because we are determined to learn from good practice from abroad.

As I outlined in my earlier response, curriculum for excellence provides young people with the opportunity to engage with a range of literature, including

Scottish texts. I am sure that that is being done across the country with great enthusiasm by our teachers and learners.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

Question 8 has not been lodged. That therefore concludes portfolio questions.

I note that all the members who need to be present for the next item of business are here

, so we will move on to that shortly.