The First Minister’s Reading Challenge aims to build on the work already taking place in schools across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and support schools, libraries and communities to build reading cultures.
The Challenge launched for P4–7 pupils in 2016, and in 2017 the Challenge expanded to include all primary pupils from P1–7. Following a tender process, Scottish Book Trust commissioned an independent evaluation of this second year of the programme from Research Scotland, taking in the views of learning professionals, parents and pupils. Research Scotland’s full report demonstrates the positive impact of the programme on school communities.
The First Minister’s Reading Challenge is now its third year and is open to primary schools, secondary schools, public libraries and community groups. The programme is delivered by Scottish Book Trust and funded by the Scottish Government.
All primary schools that take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge are eligible to apply for Inspiring Classrooms funding. The grant pays for schools to bring authors in to inspire, motivate and celebrate their progress in creating a reading culture. The grant also includes funding for books and other resources to support the project.
In 2018, 100 schools across Scotland welcomed an author through Inspiring Classrooms. You can hear from pupils, teachers, and author Keith Brumpton in our video case study from All Saints Primary in Inverclyde.