Learning Professional: Eileen Littlewood

We would like to introduce you to the winner of our Scottish Book Trust Learning Professional Award 2018, Eileen Littlewood!

We believe that the work which is 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.

One person can have an amazing impact, not just on a school, but also on a whole community. Eileen has affected real change during her time at Forthview Primary School. Some of her amazing achievements include:

  • Creating a vibrant school library from a neglected corner of outdated books to a well-used, contemporary and much-loved space in the school.
  • Working with parents and the community. By engaging parents in the school’s reading culture Eileen has transformed attitudes to reading and writing in the wider community, impacting on parents’ confidence and wellbeing as well as raising attainment among pupils.
  • Launching creative writing projects with parents empowering parents to talk about their experiences with mental ill health with their children and launching a printed anthology of their work.

Feedback from Pupils and Parents

‘Before Mrs Littlewood took me for reading every day, I didn’t enjoy reading but now I know the genre of books I like and read every day.’ Pupil

‘Eileen talked to me about the book café, but it’s no my thing, but she said try it and I tried it.... I related to the girl in the book cause she had depression too like me. It made me want to read more…. It’s helped my mind and my health.’ Parent

Nominate your 2019 winner

Have you or one of your colleagues made an inspiring impact on young readers in Scotland? We would love to hear about it. Nominations for our 2019 Learning Professional Award will open in the autumn term. To be amongst the first to know when nominations open, please sign up for our learning e-newsletter. Visit scottishbooktrust.com/sbta to nominate someone or find out more.

Eileen Littlewood
Vivian French
Creating a reading culture
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