Highly Commended Learning Professional: Lindsey Barley

We are delighted to introduce you to one of our 2017 Highly Commended Learning Professionals, Lindsey Barley!

Lindsey is a Depute Head Teacher at Musselburgh Burgh Primary School in East Lothian. She created the Reading is Braw project, which she has now run in three communities across East Lothian.

Through this project, Lindsey has made sure that reading has a place in the everyday lives of everyone in the community by:

  • Linking reading to different sports and activities – even the swimming club got involved with an underwater reading session
  • Partnering with local businesses, who housed pop-up libraries for their customers during the project
  • Holding ‘Flash Reads’ in different locations across town to get everyone talking about books

The project has also had a long-lasting impact on the children and adults involved, with higher sign-ups for the Summer Reading Challenge and increased community interest in future projects around reading for pleasure.

Feedback from pupils

The children involved had great things to say about taking part in the project:

"I liked Reading Is Braw because it encouraged me to do lots and lots of reading." P2 pupil

"I like reading because it helps me learn." P1 pupil

More Inspiration

You can find out more about inspiring learning professionals working in Scotland by reading about our 2017 winner Susan Morton, or our other highly commended learning professionals: Kirsten Hume and Catherine Ann Campbell.

Nominate your 2018 winner

We believe that the work being done by teachers and librarians across Scotland to inspire children and young people to read for pleasure is worth celebrating, which is why we created this award.

Lindsey was nominated by her colleagues in East Lothian council who recognised the lasting impact that her projects had made on the school and wider community. Have you or one of your colleagues inspired children and young people to read for pleasure? We would love to hear about it.

Nominations for the 2018 Learning Professional Award are now open, and you have until 22 November 2017 to nominate yourself or a colleague to win. Find out more here.