First Minister's Reading Challenge evaluation

Evaluation of the First Minister's Reading Challenge

The winner of Pupil Reading the Most Books as part of the First Minister's Reading Challenge

To assess the impact of the First Minister's Reading Challenge Scottish Book Trust has commissioned independent evaluations every year since the programme began, taking in the views of learning professionals, pupils, parents and carers.

Full reports for 2016/17 and 2017/18 are available to download.

Overall the evaluations have shown that the Reading Challenge has successfully supported schools to prioritise reading for pleasure; the 2016/17 report concluded that “the Reading Challenge has delivered on all of the primary outcomes it set out to deliver … and in doing so has significantly increased the number of children and young people engaged in reading for pleasure across Scotland”.

The evaluation of the 2018/19 programme is underway and will be available later in 2019.

All primary schools that take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge are eligible to apply for Inspiring Classrooms funding. The grant pays for schools to bring authors in to inspire, motivate and celebrate their progress in creating a reading culture. The grant also includes funding for books and other resources to support the project.

In 2018, 100 schools across Scotland welcomed an author through Inspiring Classrooms. The infographic and case study below demonstrate the positive impact of the project on school communities. You can also hear from pupils, teachers, and author Keith Brumpton in our video case study (this will open in a new window)from All Saints Primary in Inverclyde.