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Helping schools build and sustain a reading culture

An accreditation programme for schools that are committed to building a culture of reading for their learners and communities. It is brought to you by Scottish Book Trust.‚Äč

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About Reading Schools

Reading Schools is an accreditation programme for schools that are committed to building a reading culture for their learners and communities. Research proves that reading for pleasure is central in supporting equity and wellbeing, positively impacting learners' attainment across the curriculum, critical thinking, creativity, empathy and resilience.

Reading Schools is currently only open to selected local authorities. To check if your school is eligible, please visit our sign up page, where you can also add your details to the waitlist if not eligible. We will contact you when registration opens for your school.


Get the resources and support you need to promote reading in your school or community.

Recent resources

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Paired reading toolkit

A resource to help you run a paired reading project in your setting

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Reading Schools Framework

This framework details the Key Areas that we consider crucial to building and sustaining a whole-school reading culture

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Latest articles

Our articles provide case studies, ideas and inspiration to help you build a reading culture in your school.

Recent Articles

Antonine Primary School pupils taking part in Reading Schools activities

Reading Schools case study (Core): Antonine Primary School

Antonine Primary School were successful in achieving their Reading Schools accreditation in October 2020. They are now working towards Silver accreditation

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Whitburn academy pupil with woman from Whitdale Care Home

Reading Schools case study (Gold): Whitburn Academy

How Whitburn Academy pupils engaged with their local community to achieve Gold accreditation

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Braes High School pupils reading at school

Reading Schools case study (Silver): Braes High School

Discover how Braes High School in Falkirk achieved their Silver accreditation

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