Read, Write, Count with the First Minister

The First Minister’s Read, Write, Count programme is helping to improve literacy and encourage a new generation of readers in Angus.

New figures reveal that 2,366 pupils in Primary 2 and 3 across Angus have received free books under the scheme.

‘Read, Write, Count with the First Minister’ is a key part of the SNP Scottish Government’s commitment on raising attainment, and encourages families to include fun and easy reading, writing and counting activities in their everyday lives.

During Book Week Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust distributes Read, Write, Count bags – which contain two books – to Primary 2 and Primary 3 pupils across the country.

The figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) underline the SNP’s dedication to increasing the number of opportunities open to children in Angus and across Scotland, and giving them the best start in life possible.  

This is a wonderful scheme and I am delighted to see so many young schoolchildren here in Angus benefitting.

Getting into reading early can bring huge benefits throughout life, and helping to reach those kids without such easy access to books at home is important.

The SNP in government is committed to making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.

From Baby Boxes to the the game-changing Scottish Child Payment to this literacy programme, the Scottish Government is backing that commitment with real action.


I’m Graeme’s Parliamentary Assistant based at Holyrood, but I support his constituency work as well. Having been Caseworker to an Aberdeenshire MP some years prior, joining Graeme's team in 2019 was a return to this line of work from a role in fundraising.

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