In 2020 the School Library Improvement Fund distributed over £100,000 to 13 individual projects throughout Scotland.  

This included projects promoting reading for pleasure, health and wellbeing and digital literacy based themes.  

The School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) was established in 2017 and supports pioneering Scottish school library projects. It is available to all state run nurseries, primary and secondary schools. 

You can find out more about individual SLIF awards below. If you are thinking of applying to the Fund our School Library Improvement Fund page is full of helpful information and is updated regularly. Our SLIF FAQ page can also help with any questions you may have.   

SLIC 2020 School Library Projects

Seaton Primary School

Award: £4150

The main aim of the Seaton Reads project is to develop a culture of reading for pleasure across the school community. This will be achieved by promoting new books through reading, reviewing and promoting new resources. The main way of sharing and promoting reading will be via a P7 news studio. Using digital technologies including green screen pupils will plan, edit and share reading news across the school.

There will also be storytelling sessions led by P7 pupils (virtually if Covid-19 restrictions remain), virtual author visits and a new health and wellbeing area in the library.

The project supports strategic aim 3 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

Aberdeen Grammar School

Award: £1400

The main aim of the Pupil Voices project is to pilot pupil-led podcasts for the school and wider community with the aims of enhancing pupil’s skills and their links with their local community. 

This project will up-skill pupils and key members of staff to produce these pupil-led podcasts for the school and local community. The main objective is to build pupil’s confidence and belief in themselves by guiding them through the process to create their own podcasts for the school and the local community. The project aims to have pupils feel that their voices and ideas are valued.

The project supports strategic aims 1, 2 and 3 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

Sauchie ELC                                                                                                  

Award £2000

The main aim of Sauchie Storytellers is to provide families with opportunities to share reading opportunities at home together, to develop a culture of reading and a love of books across the community in support of children viewing themselves as readers.

This project supports strategic aims 3 and 5 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

East Ayrshire Secondary School Libraries                                                    

Award £7900

The main aim of the Scots Stories project is for pupils from East Ayrshire secondary schools to work together to produce picture books with a Scottish theme or written in Scots. This will be done with the help of a professional storyteller and an author/illustrator.  These stories will then be shared in print and/or digitally with the feeder primary schools and in the wider school communities. The Scots Stories project will develop the collaborative working skills, literacy skills and digital skills of pupils and raise the profile of the school library service in the community. The library staff will be equipped with new skills to enable them to repeat the project in future years.

This project supports strategic aims 1,2 and 3 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools

Elphinstone Primary School                                                                          

Award £3000

The main aim of Elphy Tales is to galvanize and highlight the importance of developing a joy and passion for reading and writing.

The first part of the project would see author Tim Porteus work with all stages of the school around storytelling, encouraging different ways to share stories at school and at home.  

The second stage would be for Tim to run writing workshops, linking storytelling to creative writing.  

Finally Tim would deliver staff training as part of continuing professional development to help develop a pedagogical approach to reading and writing. This will help inform and build a program of storytelling and creative writing into our literacy curriculum pathway.

This project supports strategic aim 3 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

Woodfarm High School, Eastwood High School & Robert Gordon University         

Award £9373

The Maddie is Online project aims to explore issues surrounding young people’s development of digital literacy and resilience as the online citizens of tomorrow and to develop a set of resources, activities and lesson plans that school librarians and teachers can use to support young people with the multiple challenges they encounter when navigating their online environments.

This project support strategic aims 2 and 4 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

Sighthill Community Campus                                                                                    

Award £10,350

The Our Inclusive Health and Wellbeing Library project aims to enable every child access to wellbeing resources. By doing so this will positively impact pupils’ mental and emotional wellbeing during the Recovery period post lockdown and during the current pandemic. The project aims to allow all learners, across stages and across abilities to access resources which will develop resilience, foster positive relationships and increase positive attitudes towards learning and achievement.

This project supports strategic aims 1,2,3 and 5 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools

Glasgow Life (12 secondary schools)                                                                       

Award: £13,770

The EAL Book Group and Glasgow Guide for New Scots project aims to support EAL secondary school students through book groups, author/illustrator workshops and collaborating on a multi-school creative writing project. This will involve producing a guide to Glasgow for New Scots from their own perspective. This will support the development of student’s EAL and literacy skills, as well as developing confidence, contributing positively to their health and well-being and expanding their knowledge of their new home. The completed guide will be launched in participating schools where family, friends, and teachers will be invited. This will be an opportunity to engage with students who require additional support in learning who otherwise may not use library services as well as signposting relevant Glasgow Life ESOL services to friends and family.

This project supports strategic aims 1,2,3 and 4 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

Millbank Primary School                                                                                

Award £6000

The main aim of Reading for Resilience is to become a key resource for health and wellbeing within the Millbank School community.  The focus will be on developing the library as a safe, secure, nurturing space where resources are available for pupils to develop a mental toolkit with strategies for understanding and developing positive mental health and wellbeing.

This project supports strategic aims 3 and 4 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

Auchenharvie Academy, Largs Campus, University of Strathclyde, University of the West of Scotland, St Aidan's High School                                                                                                          

Award £17,600

The main aims of the Keep the Heid'n'Read project are to understand the reasons behind reading motivation and to build confidence and enthusiasm for reading among S1 pupils through a focus on individual book selection and informal, quality book chat between peers and pupils across authorities. 

Postgraduate English and Literacy students from the University of the West of Scotland and the University of Strathclyde will help to steer the book chat, so creating a valuable experience for the young learners.

The over-riding aim of the Project is to provide a replicable model, allowing others to use this innovative approach to close the Reading Gap prevalent in adolescence.

This project supports strategic aims 1,2,3 and 5 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

Anderson High School                                                                                               

Award £4275

The main aim of the AHS Reads! project is to enhance the reading for pleasure experience by many pupils who have reading difficulties and to ultimately close the attainment gap for pupils who struggle to read, both for pleasure and curriculum texts.

This project supports strategic aims 2,3 and 5 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

South Ayrshire School Libraries                                                                    

Award £11,682

The aim of the Read Woke project is to create an incentive-based reading programme in the South Ayrshire schools that will celebrate diversity and educate young people on a number of social issues, rights and responsibilities. 

This reading programme is based around a movement founded in the USA titled “Read Woke”. The concept is to challenge students to read books outside of their social norm and to broaden their understanding and engagement with social justice issues. As students read books written from different viewpoints and experiences than their own, they gain insight and empathy from reading.

This project supports strategic aims 1,3,4 and 5 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.

The Nicolson Institute                                                                                    

Award £9500

The Library Nook project aims to provide increased library engagement opportunities for all pupils in broad general education stages and beyond. The project also aims to improve health, social and mental wellbeing, literacy development and attainment in the library in a safe, nurtured setting using digital technology. 

This project supports strategic aims 1,2,3 and 4 of Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.