Sharing inspiration and practical tips to help you on your reading journey is an important part of the First Minister's Reading Challenge. We're delighted to start this new school year with a number of great webinars on a variety of topics, all with the aim of empowering you to share books and build a great reading culture.
You can also find some quick inspiration from schools, libraries and community groups who have taken part before in our video playlist.
We would love to welcome you to one of our upcoming webinars. Please see below for details.
- Monday 23 November, 4.30pm: Making the most of First Minister's Reading Challenge - Gaelic schools
- Wednesday 25 November, 4.30pm: Book Discovery for Secondary School Staff: Exploring the Scottish Teenage Book Prize
What to expect
We've been delivering our training through Zoom webinars for over a year now, with great feedback from learning professionals across Scotland. Here's a quick insight into what to expect from our different sessions:
- Building a reading culture in your school takes a whole school approach, looking at how you and your colleagues can work together to make reading for pleasure a top priority and inspire the children you work with to read for pleasure. It includes real life examples from schools in Scotland, and guidance for using the First Minister's Reading Challenge and other programmes from Scottish Book Trust to support you.
- Building a reading culture in your classroom is a new session for primary teachers looking at what they can personally do in their own classroom to nurture a love of reading. This is a great first step for teachers looking to improve their practice around reading for pleasure, and includes real life examples and guidance for using Scottish Book Trust programmes for support.
- Book Discovery sessions are a great way to find out about books to use in your school, library or community group. They're more interactive than our other sessions, so they provide the perfect setting to connect with other learning professionals for a bit of book chat!
- Getting Inspired sessions are a great opportunity to refresh your approach to the Reading Challenge. If you're returning to the Reading Challenge this year, this session can help you sustain your progress and build on it with some new and creative ideas from previous winners and other participants. Even if you're new to the challenge, you're welcome to come along.
There are many other programmes delivered by Scottish Book Trust which you can use to help you build a whole school reading culture alongside the Reading Challenge, such as Authors Live and the Bookbug Picture Book Prize. These webinars can help you make the most of these programmes to encourage reading for pleasure:
- Tuesday 27 October, 4pm: Gifting the Bookbug P1 and Read, Write, Count bags
If you've only got a few minutes to spare, check out one of our videos from a school, library or community group in Scotland who have shared their reading journey with us.
- Pupil voice at Fernielea School, Aberdeen
- Whole school literacy at St John's RC High School, Dundee
- Book Doctors at Duloch Library, Fife
- Adapting the Reading Challenge to suit pupils' needs at The Royal Blind School, Edinburgh
- Reading for wellbeing at Hillhead High School, Glasgow
- Pupil leadership for a sustainable reading culture at St John's Primary School, South Ayrshire
- Community partnerships around reading at Aberlemno Primary School, Angus
- A fun and focused approach to reading for pleasure at Whitburn Academy, West Lothian
- Creative activities in Gaelic and English at Sgoil nan Loch, Eilean Siar
- Developing reading spaces and staff knowledge at Cowie Primary School, Stirling