£20k funding for Scottish Book Trust ‘Shared Reading’ project
Schools chosen for innovative programme to build pupils’ confidence and reading skills
Scottish Book Trust has been awarded £20,000 from People’s Postcode Trust to run a Shared Reading programme for thousands of primary school children. 50 schools from five Local Authorities have been chosen to take part in the project. People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The innovative schools programme involves older pupils reading to younger children and builds reading skills, confidence and enjoyment of books and stories. Scottish Book Trust is a national charity, working to change lives by improving access to reading and writing programmes for children and adults, and promoting a lifelong love of books and reading.
Each year 13,000 children leave primary school unable to read fluently. Literacy issues are often linked to poverty and inequality of opportunity. Being able to read confidently can improve a child’s life chances, helping them to do well at school and in later life.
Scottish Book Trust’s Shared Reading project targets this issue by supporting children to read picture books to younger children in their school and community. The project will focus on struggling or reluctant readers in schools located in areas of high deprivation, where the impact could be most beneficial.
The programme will begin this month and run for six months, reaching at least 2,500 children across 50 Scottish schools during that time. Free books and resources will be provided to all participating schools, as well as training in storytelling for the older pupils and professional development training for teachers on delivering shared reading.
The storytelling training will build children’s presentation skills, social skills and confidence. Reading to younger children encourages them to explore books and stories, as well as building an interest in reading for pleasure in both age groups.
The schools identified to run this year’s Shared Reading programme are in Clackmannanshire, East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, Stirling and South Ayrshire.
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “The Shared Reading programme brings so many benefits to schools and the wider community by finding a route into reading that helps the reader and listener. It is a great way to engage children in the enjoyment of books, while subtly boosting other important life skills such as confidence and forging links with others in their community.
“We are very grateful for this funding from People’s Postcode Trust which will enable us to support thousands of pupils across the country.”
The project is sustainable beyond its funding from the People’s Postcode Trust as the books and teacher resources will remain with the schools, for use with classes in subsequent years. The teachers who have undertaken professional development training can also pass their knowledge on to colleagues.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Our players will be delighted to learn of this fantastic project being supported by their funding. Literacy is incredibly important, and so many children will be supported by this great initiative.”
People’s Postcode Trust is currently open for applications for grants of up to £20,000. Find out more at www.postcodetrust.org.uk
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About Scottish Book Trust
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that include:
- Giving free books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
- Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
- Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
- Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.
About People’s Postcode Trust
People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.