EDUCATION bosses have praised a scheme to deliver home learning packs to 1600 children across the city.

With worries that some families might miss out on education due to a lack of internet at home or limited resources, teachers pitched in to create an alternative solution.

A team from the education department's Glasgow's Improvement Challenge has been working over the past couple of months to create the kits to be used at home.

Louise Ballantyne, workstream lead for Literacy for All and Glasgow Counts, said: "The home learning packs have been really well received by our teachers and pre-five staff across the city as part of how they connect with their children.

"The packs include useful resources such as numeracy games, writing materials, books, measuring tools and the Glasgow Times spreads.

"The GIC team has worked hard to make something on this scale happen, as our learners and their families are at the heart of what we do."

Since the start of lockdown the Glasgow Times has been working with Glasgow City Council's education experts to publish learning resources twice a week in our paper.

They covered everything from maths to sport and music to input from the educational psychologists, representing an impressive effort from teaching staff during difficult times.

We delivered free copies of the paper to be sent out with the home learning packs for families that might not be able to access online resources.

Glasgow’s Improvement Challenge has now distributed more than 900 additional targeted home learning packs to primary age children and almost 700 packs to pre-five children across the city.

This project and others will continue during and post summer break in partnership with staff from the Glasgow Libraries and Communities Team.

Children across the city will be supported to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge and this has been enabled by donations from the Scottish Book Trust, Harper Collins, Farmfoods and a private benefactor.

The latest stock of baby and toddler Bookbug and Explorer packs are also being distributed to families across the city by Glasgow Libraries and Communities Team on behalf of the Scottish Book Trust.

Michele Stewart, Project Lead with Glasgow’s Improvement Challenge, said: "We are extremely grateful for the considerable donations from these business partners in the city which have enabled us to provide bespoke materials to keep children engaged and motivated.

"During a crisis we are finding that we all pull together to make things happen to support Glasgow’s children and keep them learning."