Read Write Count Bags 2017/18 Evaluation

The Read, Write, Count campaign is a national programme that seeks to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Scotland’s children by providing advice and support for the families of children in Primary 1, 2 and 3. It is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to raise attainment for all and close the attainment gap.

Delivered by Scottish Book Trust, the Scottish Government and Education Scotland, Read, Write, Count encourages families to include easy and fun reading, writing and counting activities in their everyday lives. The introduction of the Read, Write, Count campaign means that all children in Scotland from Primary 1 to Primary 3 now receive a gifted bag of books and other family-friendly accessible resources to support learning at home, which complements learning in the classroom.

Read, Write, Count aims to build confidence of parents and children in learning together, and support positive educational outcomes, by providing resources which support home-school links, and seeking to increase parental engagement in children’s learning. 

To assess the impact of the gift bags, Scottish Book Trust commissioned an independent evaluation of the 2017/18 programme. The evaluation report took in the views of learning professionals and parents, and includes case studies from both groups.

Overall findings were positive, including:

  • 79% of learning professionals said the gift bags had a positive impact on their teaching practice.
  • 77% of parents said that the bags had made them realise the importance of their involvement in their child’s learning.
  • 74% of parents said the gift bag has given them lots of new ideas and new ways of doing things with their child.
  • One learning professional commented: “Some of our children will never be bought books and they will have very little access to literature so, for those children in particular, it is invaluable… These bags provide an essential way to provide books for some of our most vulnerable learners.”

The report concludes that, “the bags provide equality of opportunity for all children to try something new and learn in a variety of fun and exciting ways. Indeed, the bags seem to act as a useful reminder to teaching professionals and parents/carers alike that learning should be fun, and this is essential is helping children move towards positive educational outcomes.”

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