Championing Pupil Voices
Schools across Scotland are working to inspire pupils to read for pleasure as part of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. But many schools are also working to champion students' own ideas, and create more opportunities for pupil leadership. You can combine these priorities, creating a vibrant reading culture which places pupils at its heart.
Through the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, we’ve seen some fantastic examples of primary and secondary pupils taking ownership of their reading culture. Pupils have worked together to plan events, create new initiatives, contribute to school decision making and much more. This blog highlights just a handful of the amazing examples from last year’s Challenge.
Planning Events and Recommending Books
Informing School Decision Making
Making Space for Reading
Although Sgoil Lionacleit in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has a community library on campus, this wasn’t always open during school hours. Students decided to create a reading room as part of the First Minister's Reading Challenge. The reading room was designed by the school’s Reading Ambassadors, who selected a Harry Potter theme for the space. The room has a noticeboard for recommendations, and also acts as the home of the new pupil-run book café.
Sharing Reading with the Community
The First Minister’s Reading Challenge is a national initiative open to primary schools, secondary schools, public libraries and community groups to promote reading for pleasure. When you register to take part, you gain access to all of our free learning resources, can order reading passports for your pupils, get the chance to apply for Inspiring Classrooms or Creative Workshops funding and much more.