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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 to help you decide which accreditation level best suits your school. Our (this will open in a new window)self-evaluation templates will also help you assess this.

Step 3

Sign up and complete your Action Plan

Once you have created your account on this website, work with your Reading Leadership Group to complete your Action Plan, which you will find on your dashboard. Use the framework, examples of practice and resources to help you. 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

Enjoy seeing the impact on your learners as you build on your reading culture. 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. Your Evidence Plan will be available on your dashboard once your action plan is approved.

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. If you are working towards your accreditation over an academic year, we recommend submitting your action plan by October half term and submitting your evidence plan by the summer holidays.