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Our framework

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

The Key Areas are mapped against (this will open in a new window)How Good is Our School? 4. Under each of the Key Areas we detail the actions necessary to become a Reading School at each level (Core, Silver and Gold).

To be accredited as a Reading School, a school must provide evidence of how they have achieved the standard described under each of the Key Areas.

Reading Schools is a whole school accreditation and we expect all year groups and streams to be involved, including (this will open in a new window)Gaelic Medium Education or (this will open in a new window)Additional Support Needs Units or classes.

Find out more about each framework level and the actions required below.

You can also download our pupil-friendly PowerPoint Action planning tools to discuss the Framework with your Reading Leadership Group.

If you have any questions about the Reading Schools Framework, please check out our (this will open in a new window)FAQs or (this will open in a new window)contact us directly for further support.


Core accreditation covers the foundational work key to building a reading culture in school and focuses on reading routines and the school environment.

Explore the Key Area actions with related resources for a Core accreditation:

Core framework


Silver accreditation builds on the foundational work of Core through schools providing additional opportunities to broaden their learners’ experiences both in and outside of the classroom, such as engaging with authors, visiting libraries, and bringing in other outside expertise.

Explore the Key Area actions with related resources for a Silver accreditation:

Silver framework


Gold accreditation builds on Core and Silver levels through schools sharing the enthusiasm and expertise they have developed as a Reading School with their wider communities through, for example, working with other schools in their cluster, intergenerational projects across their local communities, and partnerships with local businesses.

Explore the Key Area actions with related resources for a Gold accreditation:

Gold framework