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Rewarding progress and recognising personal achievements

Type: Classroom resources, Training videos
Level: Core, Silver, Gold
Audience: Additional Support Needs, Primary, Secondary
Key area: 3.2.1 Rewarding progress and recognising personal achievements

This resource supports the celebration of reading across your school and recognises the achievements of individual learners.

Watch this short video to find out more about key area 3.2.1 Rewarding progress and recognising personal achievements. This is part of our series of webinar shorts, 5 minute training videos focusing on each key area of the Reading Schools framework.

We expect Reading Schools to recognise and celebrate the reading achievements of all learners.

When we talk about rewarding progress, we don't mean the quantity of books a learner will read, but rather the quality of their reading experiences and growth as a reader.

It's important to celebrate the reading achievements of all learners, to build their confidence and make reading a positive experience. Reading of course will hopefully become a reward in itself and that is also an important message!

This resource contains activity suggestions for Core, Silver and Gold level.


For core accreditation, schools should reward the progress of individual learners in one of the below ways, or in another way that suits their setting:


Awarding prizes

House points

Ceremonies and assemblies

Golden Time


For silver accreditation, schools should celebrate reading in wider groups or as a whole-school.

Making it special

Taking it online

Reading Parties

Book gifting


For gold accreditation, schools should widen celebrations to include their local community.


Spreading the word

Involving your local community

Resource templates

Reading celebration certificates

Why not create your very own reading certificates to celebrate your learners' progress. You can personalise them with any number of award categories too!

Download your Reading Schools celebration certificate template

Reader of the week certificates

Celebrate your learners' reading journeys every week with a reader of the week certificate.

Download your Reader of the week certificate template

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