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How it works

Reading Schools is 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.​

Why take part?

Reading Schools offers:

Step 1

Get your school ready

To help get your staff excited about taking part:

View our framework

Step 2

Decide which level you’d like to aim for

There are three levels of accreditation – Core, Silver and Gold. Use our handy quiz and our self-evaluation templates to help you decide which accreditation level best suits your school.

Take our level quiz

Step 3

Sign up and complete your Action Plan

Sign up to the Reading Schools website to access your school's application. Work with your Reading Leadership Group, using the framework, examples of practice and resources to help you to complete your Action Plan. Once you have completed the Action Plan, submit it for approval.

Step 4

Survey your learners and staff

Ask a selection of learners and staff members to fill out our attitude surveys to find out about their reading habits and views.

Step 5

Put your plans into action and collect your evidence

This is the fun part, enjoy seeing the impact on your learners as you build on your reading culture.

Your Evidence Plan will be available on your dashboard once your action plan is approved. Collect your evidence as you go along and add it to your Evidence Plan – we will ask for a combination of comments, quotes and photos against each key area. Use the framework, examples of practice and resources to help inspire you.

Step 6

Submit your evidence for accreditation

Once everything is ticked off and ready to go, you can submit your Evidence Plan for accreditation to recognise all your hard work in building a culture of reading at your school!


Reading Schools is a rolling programme so there are no fixed deadlines. We will aim to accept your Action Plan within 5 working days and your evidence plan within 15 working days.