Funding for Primary One Literacy Assessment and Action Resource (POLAAR) assessment: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

Details on the amount of money spent on the development of the Primary One Literacy Assessment and Action Resource (POLAAR) literacy assessment system for pre-school children and who was provided with the funding.


I can advise that, for a fee of £3,500, Scottish Government offered Professor Keith Topping of the University of Dundee consultancy work concerning the creation of a new literacy early intervention online resource. Two invoices for fees of £1750 are attached to this correspondence, some exemptions have been applied under Section 38(1)(b) of FOISA.

The main objectives of the task were to work with the literacy hub authorities and national partners (Educational Psychology Services, Scottish Government and Education Scotland) to write the text for a new online national resource to support quality, evidence-based interventions by local authorities with learners at risk of underachieving in literacy. The resource was required to focus on the key transition point of nursery to P1, and provide practical advice and tools that local authorities could use in the identification/assessment, intervention, tracking and monitoring of progress of learners with literacy difficulties, and evaluation of approaches used.

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