Reading Schools is an accreditation programme for schools that are committed to building a culture around reading for pleasure for their learners, staff and communities. Research shows that reading for pleasure is central to supporting equity and well-being, positively impacting learners' attainment across the curriculum, critical thinking, creativity, empathy and resilience.
Reading Schools is open to all schools in Scotland, mapped to (this will open in a new window)How Good Is Our School? 4, and flexible to a wide variety of settings and situations. The accreditation process is a journey, supported by resources and tools that will help you draw out the best impact for your setting. The friendly Scottish Book Trust team are also on hand to help you navigate any aspects that you are unsure how to approach in your particular setting and offer personalised guidance on the flexibility of the (this will open in a new window)Reading Schools Framework to suit your individual requirements.
Reading Schools is a whole-school accreditation, and we expect to see evidence from all year groups and classes including GME. We are delighted to be working with a number of registered and accredited Gaelic Medium education (GME) settings or schools with GME classes, with positive results.
Reading Schools looks for a school to be nurturing the enjoyment of reading in individuals, allowing staff and learners to explore their own reading personalities, display likes and dislikes and make confident choices. To discover and develop these, a school will seek to make a variety of ‘reading’ available (this may include audiobooks, non-fiction, magazines, and newspapers) and may seek to further enthuse and inspire with events or special projects around books.
Some examples of Reading Schools activity in our Gaelic schools are:
- Using songs and rhymes in Gaelic as a basis to explore storytelling, or ‘read aloud’ from wordless books.
- Using activity ideas from our ‘10 things to do with any book’ resources ((this will open in a new window)primary and (this will open in a new window)secondary) to integrate Gaelic into exploration of stories.
- Exploring the (this will open in a new window)Bookbug Songs and Rhymes Library Gaelic catalogue.
- Hosting an author event during Gaelic Language Week. There are a number of Gaelic-speaking authors in the (this will open in a new window)Scottish Book Trust directory (part funding is available throughout the year via the (this will open in a new window)Live Literature application form).
- A number of schools have held joint bag gifting events, celebrating English and Gaelic together alongside their local library and community. (this will open in a new window)Read Write Count and (this will open in a new window)Bookbug provide Gaelic books.
- A whole-school interdisciplinary learning project created from a wordless book and presented in multiple languages, including Gaelic.
- Creating their own Gaelic quizzes in programmes such as Giglets or Accelerated Reader to further explore narrative.
- Gaelic stories used as part of (this will open in a new window)a 1+2 approach explored further to create wider projects across the whole school.
- Using our Gaelic language posters to display their commitment to being a Reading School.
(this will open in a new window)1.3.2 School environment
- We are working to become a Reading School poster - Reading Schools
- Ask me what I'm reading badges - Reading Schools
- Library support poster - Reading Schools
(this will open in a new window)1.3.3 National events and celebrations
(this will open in a new window)2.2.2 Interdisciplinary book projects
(this will open in a new window)2.3.5 Access to authors
- (this will open in a new window)Authors - Scottish Book Trust (use language and age group filters)
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your ideas for your particular setting with the team.