The chief executive of Education Scotland was a special visitor to South Ayrshire earlier this week. 

Gillian Hamilton met with the 'South Ayrshire Reads' team at Barassie Primary School, where she was given an overview of the team strategy and visited classes to see pupils engaging with the work.

'South Ayrshire Reads' is aimed at instilling in young people across South Ayrshire a lifelong love of reading, giving them the skills and confidence to access all aspects of education, culture and society.

Marr College staff and pupils then welcomed Gillian, where she found out how the 'Family First' model is working.

'Family First' aims to promote and improve the wellbeing of whole families by ensuring the right support is available early, to reduce the chances of the authorities having to get involved at a later stage.

Finally, it was on to Struthers Primary School and an opportunity to see the Adaptive Teaching Programme in action and speak to some of the teaching staff involved.

You can find out more about the South Ayrshire Reads strategy and Family First model at