Bringing the benefits of reading and writing to everyone in Scotland

Sensory Storytelling, a three-year project fully funded by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, has the aim of enabling children who are pupils in Scotland's special schools, to enjoy the magic of stories and the many benefits that books can bring. 

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At a glance…

  • 7,500 children will benefit from the grant over the course of the three years.
  • Learning resources developed by a highly experienced multi-sensory storyteller, in partnership with Scottish Book Trust, are now available for everyone to download from their website: 10 things to do with any book (ASN).


With accessibility at the forefront of everything they do, Scottish Book Trust has designed this project so that every child with additional support needs who attends one of 135 special schools across the country is involved in some way. This is from either receiving the gift of a tactile book specially designed for their age group, to being part of an intensive creative residency in their school with an experienced storyteller or enjoying a fun session with a visiting author at their school. 

Scottish Book Trust has been bringing the benefits of reading and writing to everyone in Scotland since 1998, delivering world-class programmes and annual awards to well over two million people every year. From introducing books and storytelling to pre-school children to inspiring and empowering adult readers and writers, the Trust believes it's never too early – or too late – to begin a magical journey with words.

Their mission is to give everyone an equal opportunity to thrive through literacy, and children with additional support needs deserve no less.

Having already commissioned a new tactile book from a specialist publisher, which will be more suited to P4-7 primary school aged children; Scottish Book Trust are about to visit, along with carefully selected professional storytellers, two special schools in Perth and in Paisley to discuss their projects and make all arrangements for the delivery of their creative residency in the Spring term, starting in January 2020. They are currently identifying suitable schools to benefit from the summer roadshow which will tour six special schools in July 2020.


“It is a real bonus for our pupils to have an external visitor come in to do something that so captures our children’s attention and imagination and that children of very different abilities could enjoy and in their own way participate in. The art of oral storytelling, I feel is magical.”Deputy Head Teacher of a Special School

For more information about the Scottish Book Trust and their projects, please visit their website: www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading-and-stories/sensory-storytelling

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