West Lothian schools achieve reading accreditation

Twelve schools in West Lothian are among the first 34 schools in Scotland to achieve their Reading Schools accreditation.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 11:44 am
Reading Schools stock photo.

Run by Scottish Book Trust and funded by the Scottish Government and in partnership with Education Scotland, Reading Schools is a new accreditation programme for schools.

Executive councillor for Education, David Dodds, said: “In West Lothian, we are very proud of the outstanding work that has been undertaken by our 12 schools.

"This initiative has really encouraged us to further promote our reading culture as we recognise and celebrate the significant impact reading has on our learners' lifetime chances. We are delighted by the innovative work that has been demonstrated by our schools to continue to foster reading during lockdown.”

He added: “We are very encouraged by the uptake of new schools for the second year of this pilot with over 30 schools participating.

"We firmly believe that this work will have an impact in creating lifelong readers in West Lothian. It is wonderful to have this work, with our children and young people, aged 3-18, recognised nationally.”

Reading Schools provides an option for educational settings to advance to silver and gold status, and the programme also encourages collaboration within and between schools. Those who sign up to the accreditation receive resources, training and support from Scottish Book Trust. Of those who participated last year, nine schools earned core accreditation, 12 earned silver and 13 schools earned gold.

An evaluation report conducted on the Reading Schools pilot (2019-2020) found that 80 per cent of teachers agreed that taking part in the programme helped their school to support learners who are not enthusiastic readers. Eighty-five per cent agreed that taking part in Reading Schools helped learners to develop a love of reading and 70 per cent agreed that taking part in Reading Schools supported learners’ attainment.

The West Lothian schols involved are Croftmalloch Primary, Greenrigg Primary, Livingston Village Primary, Polkemmet Primary, West Calder High, Knightsridge Primary, Whitburn Academy, Letham Primary, Longridge Primary, Peel Primary, Riverside Primary and Whitdale Primary.

Bo’ness Academy was also involved with the Reading Schools project.