Read, Write, Count Bags 2018/19 Evaluation

The Read, Write, Count campaign is a national programme that aims 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 receive a gifted bag of books, writing activities and numbers games to support learning at home that complements learning in the classroom.

Scottish Book Trust also provide training and resources for learning professionals to help them make the most of the bags and build enthusiasm for home learning.

To assess the impact of the gift bags, training and resources Scottish Book Trust commissioned an independent evaluation of the 2018/19 programme taking in the views of learning professionals and parents.

Overall findings were positive and the report concludes, ‘feedback from all stakeholders this year shows that the Read, Write, Count bags are much appreciated, well used and keenly … parents and carers are inspired by the bags to be more creative, imaginative and are more confident to engage with their children in even more fun and interesting ways’.

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