Nicola Sturgeon reading challenge extended after success

A scheme to encourage more children to read books is to be extended after being hailed as a success.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's reading challenge will now include secondary schools, libraries and community groups.

The programme was set up in 2016 and since last year has included all primary pupils from P1-7.

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Nicola Sturgeon's reading challenge expanded to more schools

An evaluation found it had been "overwhelmingly positively received" by teachers, pupils and parents and had "significantly increased the number of children and young people engaged in reading for pleasure across Scotland".

Ms Sturgeon announced the extension at Riverside Primary School in Stirling, which won an award for participating in the challenge.

"That is why I launched the First Minister's reading challenge and I'm thrilled it has received such positive feedback from schools, teachers and pupils.

"Riverside Primary School is a fantastic example of how schools have tailored the reading challenge to suit their own needs, resulting in a positive reading culture in the school.

"I want to ensure the reading challenge continues to grow and have a positive impact on children so I have accepted all of the recommendations of the reading challenge advisory group which are based on the evaluation and look forward to another successful year of reading."

The school's headteacher Kay Robertson added: "We signed up to the reading challenge to further inspire our children in their love of reading and help us raise attainment and it's been a tremendous success.

"We were delighted to win the community partnership award last year, recognising the dedication of our staff, children and members of the wider community.

"We're really proud of our refurbished school library which is used by the children on a daily basis and is also available for members of the community to use to promote inter-generational reading activities."