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Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab

Collaborative research practices, to understand and improve children and young people's literacy experiences and outcomes

Improving children’s reading



This project brought together researcher and teachers’ knowledge, expertise and experience to translate reading research into practical insights for teachers.

Working in collaboration with over 70 teachers from 22 primary schools across six local authorities in Scotland, four workshops were held to disseminate research findings, spanning a range of topics, including: 1) early reading instruction, 2) word reading and spelling, 3) reading comprehension with different text types and 4) reading for pleasure.

Researcher and teacher resources were then created following participation in the workshops, to translate the research findings into resources which would be accessible, relevant and meaningful to primary school teachers.

Our resources include short videos, research and practice posters and blog posts, and can be found on our website.  These are currently being used in schools across Scotland and are freely available.

This project was funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account grant from the University of Edinburgh.  If you would like any further information about this project, please contact Dr Sarah McGeown:


Project Team

Project Lead: Dr Sarah McGeown

Research assistance: Dr Juliet Scott-Barrett

External Partners:  Twenty-two reading partnership schools from the following six local authorities: City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, West Lothian.


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