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First Minister's Reading Challenge evaluation

Evaluation of the First Minister's Reading Challenge

The First Minister's Reading Challenge is a national initiative helping schools, public libraries and community groups to encourage young people to develop a lifelong love of reading. Schools that take part have access to resources, training and funding opportunities, and can submit an entry for one of our annual national awards.

To assess the impact of the First Minister's Reading Challenge Scottish Book Trust commissioned independent evaluations from 2017 – 2020 and carried out an in-house evaluation in 2021; these evaluations take in the views of learning professionals, pupils, parents and carers.

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Here are some highlights from our 2020–21 evaluation. You can download the full report below.

  • 100% of learning professionals said the Reading Challenge helped them encourage pupils to read for pleasure
  • 93% of pupils read for pleasure more
  • 73% of learning professionals noticed a change in the level of reading for reluctant readers
  • 92% of pupils understand the value of reading for pleasure better

The Reading Challenge provides a vehicle for driving forward improvements in our reading culture. It provides a structure and momentum to help us continue to enthuse and inspire our whole school community.

- Learning professional