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Enhancing your school environment

Resources and videos to support key area 1.3.2 School Environment

Type: Classroom resources, Posters and print outs, Training videos
Level: Core, Silver, Gold
Audience: Additional Support Needs, Primary, Secondary
Key area: 1.3.2 School environment

Watch this short video to find out more about key area 1.3.2 School Environment. This is part of our series of webinar shorts, 5 to 10 minute training videos focusing on each key area of the Reading Schools framework.

We expect Reading Schools to show how they have provided appealing and comfortable spaces to read in the school environment and make reading visible.

Creating spaces in schools can be challenging, especially when considering budget pressures and space constraints. This resource offers practical and affordable ideas, together with examples of making reading visible across school settings. A rich reading environment for learners is key for a Reading School at any level.

The below includes activity ideas for Core, Silver and Gold levels to help you work towards achieving key area 1.3.2 School Environment. We’ve also included some great printable resources, including book club badges, door signs, and more fun templates to download, print out and use in your classroom.


For core accreditation, schools should provide appealing and relaxing reading areas in collaboration with learners, and use displays to promote reading in their setting.

Decorate your classroom

Pick a theme

Lower your wall displays

Make it comfortable

Make it visible


At silver level Reading Schools should sustain their core activity, but also create opportunities to take reading out of the classroom and even outdoors.

We would also like to see Reading Schools incorporate reading into existing activities, such as clubs and celebration events.

Take it outside


Going digital




At gold level we expect Reading Schools to sustain their core and silver level activity, but build on this by taking reading out into the community.

Spread the word

Pavement quotes

Story trails

Book fairies

Printable resources

We also have some great printable resources to help you get started.

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