Inspiring Readers programme final report September 2021

Programme overview

The Inspiring Readers programme began in 2016 with the aim of contributing to education in primary schools through setting up cupboard libraries and promoting reading, made possible through a collaboration between schools and public libraries.

The overall goal was simple: to make schools book rich, staffed by confident, capable and supportive teachers who incorporate regular reading into the school timetable and establish regular outreach contact between librarians and teachers.

This was achieved by providing 285 primary schools with a cupboard library, each packed full of 1,250 brand new books, a grant to purchase local books and training for teachers in how to bring these books to life in the classroom. The books provided ranged from picture books suitable for the youngest readers to the fiction, non-fiction and subject books that upper primary school children need to help them develop their reading skills.


Children reached