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Welcome! Literacy is the key to ensuring equity, effective participation and excellence – moving from enabling to empowering our learners and their communities. Each local authority recognises that by improving attainment levels in reading and writing, children and young people will be able to achieve more. By working across and through the collaborative, combining resources, creativity and expertise, we will be empowered to transform learning.

Update– In August 2022 our workstreams within our RIC combined to one core team and were renamed Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. We now work on focused areas within defined topics. Our current theme is Promoting Positive Attendance. If you have any requests for support with this area, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please use the contact form below.

We still have a link RIC core team member,  David Ironside, who meets with members across our four local authorities: Lynne McBain (Clacks); Yvonne McBlain (Falkirk);  Mark Neil (West Lothian);  Helen Fairlie (Education Scotland);

Literacy Plan
Recipriocal Reading

Reciprocal Reading is a structured approach to teaching reading strategies that can be used to improve reading comprehension (P3 – S3). The original RIC programme was developed through partnership working with Stirling University and was endorsed by Education Scotland in June 2020: Reciprocal Reading – ES Endorsed Programme

  View our Reciprocal Reading Page

Building a Reading Culture

During session 2019-20, the focus of the Building a Reading Culture work stream was to:

  • Support a selection of schools (primary and secondary) from across FVWL RIC to pilot the Scottish Booktrust Reading Schools accreditation.
  • Continue to grow a teacher-driven professional network for reading which aims to support members to: implement targeted interventions for specific learners; develop knowledge and understanding of research and pedagogy related to developing positive reading attitudes and motivation; share knowledge of contemporary children’s literature and build professional relationships across the region.

Scottish Book Trust Reading Schools is an accreditation programme for schools that are committed to building a culture of reading for their learners and communities. It offers:

  • an accreditation for your school;
  • a framework for improvement mapped to How Good Is Our School? 4;
  • professional development opportunities for staff;
  • opportunities for collaboration within and between schools;
  • pathways to engaging families and the wider community;
  • resources, training and support from Scottish Book Trust.

20010 Reading Schools Infographic V2 WEB

This programme was piloted in 2019-20 in 38 FVWL schools. Click here to read the evaluation report:


In session 2020-21, the programme is being rolled out to more FVWL schools. So far, 60 schools have signed up! We will continue to update progress through literacy blog posts or via twitter @fvwlriclit #buildingareadingculture