How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice?
Each school, library or community group is unique. Settings and starting points will vary greatly. This page, therefore, is designed to allow practitioners to select resources and case studies most relevant to their own setting to support planning and development of a reading culture.
Schools starting out on a reading journey, or formally considering reading for pleasure for the first time would benefit from reading some research into this area. Looking at case studies from similar settings might then support with initial ideas. Activities should be planned in conjunction with other stakeholders, including learners, and practitioners should have a clear idea of their intended impact.
If you are evaluating your journey so far, before deciding on next steps, there are links to documents that can aid evaluation. Again, case studies and blogs might support decision making when planning next steps.
Downloads / links
Research evidence on reading for pleasure (DfE, 2012)
Scottish Book Trust: First Minister's Reading Blog
How Good is Our School Library?
How good is our school? (4th edition)
PDF file: What you can achieve with the First Minister’s Reading Challenge
PDF file: How good is our school toolkit?
Improving children's reading: research informing practice
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The Department for Education research document is useful in highlighting key areas of research into reading for pleasure, and providing a list of further sources.
Similarly, the Open University resource links research to practice.
The First Minster’s Reading Challenge planning and self-evaluation toolkit provides support no matter what stage you have reached with your reading activities. This resource also links activities to ‘How good is our school? (4th Edition)’. It contains clearly labelled case studies so that practitioners can quickly access examples relevant to their own setting.
The library documents link to HGIOS4 and contain examples of good practice.