Scotland’s top teacher or librarian sought for National Award

Vivian French and Eileen Littlewood
Category: Press Releases

Nominations open today for Scottish Book Trust’s Learning Professional Award 2019. Now in its third year, the award recognises a teacher or librarian who has had a powerful impact on the reading culture of young people and adults in their community.

The award was created by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing and is run in partnership with Browns Books for Students.

School teachers and librarians across the country are urged to nominate inspiring colleagues who are passionate advocates of reading and writing in their place of work, for the award which will be presented at an event in March 2019.

"I was thrilled to learn that colleagues thought that my passion for reading merited being considered for the Learning Professional Award and that they had taken the time out of their busy lives to nominate me"

Eileen Littlewood, Head Teacher of Forthview Primary School in Edinburgh, received the 2018 Learning Professional Award for transforming the reading culture among her pupils and their parents.

Before Eileen started in the post, the school library had been dismantled and the nearest public library was not within safe walking distance for the pupils. In order to create her vision of a fine, in-house library catering for all ages, Eileen applied to the SG Access to Education Fund and the Foyle Foundation. By securing over £10k of funding, Eileen was able to start a reading community within Forthview and West Pilton.

Eileen has established a paired reading initiative and also organised visits to the school from authors including John Fardell and Lari Don. Eileen is passionate about the idea that reading can change the lives of pupils, and has ensured her staff are trained to deliver excellent reading projects. Eileen also runs a lunchtime book club for pupils who are keen readers, as well as regular writing workshops. She also ran a book club for parents of the school, and worked with some of the adults on a book about their mental health.

This year there is an added incentive to nominate as the school or library where the winning Learning Professional works will receive £500 to spend with Browns Books for Students.

"At Scottish Book Trust, we work with so many passionate teachers and librarians, and this award allows us to celebrate their hard work."

Eileen Littlewood, last year’s Learning Professional Award winner, said:

“I was thrilled to learn that colleagues thought that my passion for and commitment to reading merited being considered for the Learning Professional Award and that they had taken the time out of their busy lives to nominate me. When I subsequently learned that I had won the award, it was the most exciting thing to happen to me. I know how much this award meant to me and my school, so if you know someone who is passionate about and dedicated to reading then do take the time to nominate them.”

 

Marc Lambert, CEO at Scottish Book Trust, said:

“Teachers and librarians are the backbone of any strong reading culture in the life of young people and adults. At Scottish Book Trust, we work with so many passionate teachers and librarians, and this award allows us to celebrate their hard work. Every year, we receive so many inspiring stories, and we encourage those who know a book-loving champion to highlight their great work. Many thanks to Browns Books for Students for making this award possible.”

Browns Books for Students also support the Outstanding Achievement Award. Last year’s winner was writer and illustrator Vivian French, who impressed the panel with her hard work promoting books by others, and acting as a mentor to those in the industry. 

 

Claire Smith, Sales Manager for Browns Books for Students, said:

“Browns Books for Students is proud to be able to support Scottish Book Trust’s Learning Professional Award again this year. The award represents a rare opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding and inspirational work undertaken by Scottish teachers and librarians each and every day. As a specialist educational supplier we love hearing about the impact of successful reading projects, so if you know someone who is passionate about inspiring a love of reading in others and whose innovation has transformed the reading culture in your school or community, then take some time to nominate them now!”

Nominations can be made online at www.scottishbooktrust.com/sbta

 

Notes to Editors

For more information or interview requests, please contact Keara Donnachie on keara.donnachie@scottishbooktrust.com or 0131 524 0184 / 07956 773 749.

Images of Eileen Littlewood and Vivian French are available to download here.

 

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:

  • Gifting 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.

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Browns Books For Students

Browns Books for Students, sponsor of the Bookbug Picture Book Prize and the Scottish Book Trust Awards, supplies books, eBooks and DVDs for schools, colleges and businesses. More information on Browns Books for Students, is available at www.brownsbfs.co.uk

 

Creative Scotland

Scottish Book Trust is supported by Creative Scotland through Regular Funding. Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  It enables people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  It distributes funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com, and follow @creativescots

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