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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04880: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 21 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) financial and (b) other resources it is planning to make available to the reported 30% of schools that are not participating in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

Answered by: John Swinney 30 November 2016

Through the Scottish Attainment Challenge Fund, the Scottish Government is allocating £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the attainment gap, targeting resources at the children, schools and communities most in need.

Scottish Book Trust provides a range of free resources, outreach and advice to all schools on reading for pleasure. This includes support to schools who are not signed up to the Challenge. General advice and support, as well as various materials on reading for pleasure and parental engagement, are available to schools through the Scottish Book Trust and Education Scotland websites.

A Scottish Book Trust Outreach Coordinator provides dedicated support to all schools to engage with the Challenge and to share good practice between schools across the country. Case studies are currently being gathered and will be shared with those schools who are not participating in the Challenge in this initial year, as well as with participating schools.