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Announcing the winner: Learning Professional Award 2021

Scottish Book Trust Awards: Learning Professional Award 2021

We are delighted to announce that Moira Foster and Elaine Hallyburton have won the Learning Professional Award 2021, our first ever dual winners.

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For the first time, Scottish Book Trust have selected a joint winner for the Learning Professional Award. Elaine Hallyburton and Moira Foster work together in the library and education services in Dundee.

Between Moira and Elaine, hundreds of books have been gifted through The Dundee Wishing Tree, in partnership with Waterstones. They pioneered The Two Moons Festival, which focused on links between literacy and wellbeing. For ten years, they have collaborated on the Dundee Picture Book Award which engages approximately 800 children across year groups throughout Dundee. Moira and Elaine are particularly noted for the strength of their partnership, and they are respected and celebrated in their community by teachers, pupils and authors.

The Learning Professional Award, now in its fifth year, recognises a teacher or librarian who has had a powerful impact on the reading culture of young people and adults in their community. In partnership with Browns Books, the awardees will each receive £250 worth of books.

Applications for the Learning Professional Award 2022 will open in Autumn 2021. For more information, email anna.broomfield@scottishbooktrust.com.

Marc Lambert, CEO at Scottish Book Trust, said:

“Congratulations to both Elaine and Moira, our first double winners for the Learning Professional Award. It is clear from the many colleagues who nominated them that Elaine and Moira are well-respected, and their commitment to establishing reading cultures across schools and libraries in Dundee has inspired many. Their strong partnership has had a positive impact on the lives of young people, teachers and librarians, and at Scottish Book Trust we are pleased to recognise their hard work over the last ten years.”

Highly commended

Scottish Book Trust would also like to highly commend Lorraine Napier, Principal Teacher at Bankhead Primary School.

Nominated by her colleague Ann Douglas, Lorraine is described as the ‘Bankhead Laureate’. Under Lorraine’s guidance, Primary 7 pupils have been recognised in the Glasgow Lord Provost Poetry Competition for three years running. Thanks to Lorraine’s efforts the library has a fantastic stock, including dual language books from 18 countries. Lorraine provides support for her colleagues, delivering training and mentoring probationers. She has been particularly successful at engaging the local community, providing workshops for parents and carers to enhance their reading skills. Local volunteers praised the paired reading project led by Lorraine and Ann, which pairs pupils with parents and grandparents of other children in the school for reading sessions. The programme has had a profound impact on reulactant readers and the volunteers themselves.

Lorraine’s nomination was supported by a wealth of glowing feedback from colleagues, pupils and families which demonstrated the phenomenal effect Lorraine’s passion for reading and writing has had on the whole community. As one of her former pupils said, “I can’t thank Mrs Napier enough for the support she gave me and my classmates for the Lord Provost’s poetry competition. Mrs Napier was the inspiration and help I needed… I think every school should have a Mrs Napier!”

Browns Books

Scottish Book Trust would like to thank Browns Books (this will open in a new window)who kindly sponsor the Learning Professional Award. Browns Books is the UK’s leading supplier of books, eBooks and DVDs for schools, colleges, universities and businesses.