What is Read, Write, Count?

Read, Write, Count is a national campaign to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Scotland’s children. As part of the campaign, every child in Primary 2-3 receives a free bag with books and activities to support their learning. In addition, the campaign provides advice and support for learning professionals and families through Scottish Book Trust and Parent Club, in the form of training events, online resources and useful advice. It is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to raise attainment for all.

Parental involvement in children’s learning is one of the best ways to improve educational outcomes for all children. Read, Write, Count aims to build parents' confidence, and encourage families to include easy and fun reading, writing and counting activities in their everyday lives.

The campaign is delivered by Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Scottish Book Trust. Visit Parent Club to access free resources and activity ideas for families.

Read, Write, Count bags

Through the Read, Write, Count campaign, all Primary 2 and 3 children will receive a free bag with books, counting games and writing materials. The bags are also available in Gaelic and change on a yearly basis. We encourage schools to gift the bags to children during Book Week Scotland and to make links with their local library as part of their gifting plans.

Free bags of books and other learning materials have been given to children from birth to Primary 1 for a number of years through the Bookbug programme. Since 2015, these bags have had additional writing and counting materials through the Read, Write, Count campaign.

Key dates

  • October/November 2019 - bags arrive in schools
  • 18-24 November 2019 - schools hold celebration events and hand out bags during Book Week Scotland

The bags are sent directly to schools. If you would like to find out more about the arrangements in your area, please contact your local co-ordinator.

To find out what's in this year's bags, visit our Primary 2 and Primary 3 pages. This is also where teachers can find learning resources to help them make the most of the bags and their contents in the classrooms. Our evaluation has shown that if the books and materials are explored in school first, children and parents are far more likely to use them together at home. More learning resources and case studies will be available from August 2019.