FIVE schools in the Wee County were among the first to receive an accreditation in a programme run by the Scottish Book Trust.

Clackmannan, Strathdevon, Menstrie and Banchory primaries, along with Alloa Academy, have all received an accreditation in the trust's Reading Schools programme.

Emma Tomlinson, deputy headteacher at Strathdevon PS, which received a core level accreditation, said: "The Reading Schools programme has supported our Clackmannanshire Equitable Literacy Project and prompted us to create a child-led Literacy Committee for reading.

"We now have a forum for collecting the children's voice on reading and children's enjoyment, engagement and attainment in reading has increased.

"This gives them a sense of pride and ownership in the work they are undertaking.

"The children's level of commitment to the process and the project has been extremely positive and has helped drive forward our school improvement planning."

The core accreditation, which was also awarded to Clackmannan PS, means the school has successfully implemented the foundational work key to building a reading culture.

A silver accreditation, which went out to Alloa Academy and Banchory PS, means the schools have been able to sustain their core activity, developing it further with a range of activities.

These include reading mentors, storytelling projects and reading buddy activities, staff research on reading for pleasure, outdoor reading sessions and more.

The gold award, which Menstrie PS received, sees schools inviting families and partners from within the community to join the reading leadership group, the introduction of a staff book club, development of physical and online spaces for discussion and much more.

Menstrie earned the gold accreditation

Menstrie earned the gold accreditation

The recently introduced accreditation programme is for schools that are committed to building a culture of reading for their learners and communities.

Run by the Scottish Book Trust, the initiative is in partnership with Education Scotland and is funded by the Scottish Government.

The programme is being rolled out regionally across the Wee County, Falkirk, Stirling and West Lothian.

Across the four areas, 34 schools have received accreditations.

Marc Lambert, CEO of the Scottish Book Trust, said: "Not only does Reading Schools help pupils to develop a love of reading, but it also supports learners' health and wellbeing, which is crucial during current circumstances.

"The feedback for the Reading Schools accreditation programme has been fantastic and we're pleased that so many schools in Forth Valley have earned their gold, silver and core results.

"Congratulations from all of us at Scottish Book Trust, and we look forward to more schools achieving their accreditation."