What schools think about Bookbuzz – survey results are in!

Published on: 25 June 2024

98% of teachers say they would recommend our reading for pleasure programme Bookbuzz to another school - find out more about the results of our survey.

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In a recent survey conducted by BookTrust, secondary schools who took part in the 2023 Bookbuzz Key Stage 3 reading programme shared their feedback, and the results are in - Bookbuzz is making a significant impact on young readers across the UK.

Bookbuzz, a curated programme developed by BookTrust, gives Year 7 and 8 students the opportunity to choose a book to keep from a diverse collection of 16 titles. The books are carefully selected each year by a panel of teachers, school librarians and BookTrust's reading experts.

Registered schools receive a launch pack with posters, bookmarks, a full guide and a range of online resources to support rollout of the programme. They also have access to a dedicated student zone that includes competitions, quizzes and videos from authors to inspire students.

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Sent to last year's Bookbuzz schools, the survey came back with overwhelmingly positive responses. Of the 253 schools that responded:

  • 98% said that they would recommend Bookbuzz to another school
  • 98% felt that Bookbuzz had helped them to develop a reading for pleasure culture
  • 98% expressed that their students enjoyed receiving the Bookbuzz selections
  • 91% reported that Bookbuzz had helped inspire their children to read more
  • 95% agreed that Bookbuzz provides excellent value for money
  • 91% felt that Bookbuzz helped their school to meet the Department for Education's Reading Framework objectives on reading for pleasure.

These impressive results highlight the key role Bookbuzz is playing in nurturing a love of reading in young people while also supporting educational objectives.

Three boys looking at a book together in their school library

Lizzie Catford, Director of Children's Books at BookTrust said: "We're thrilled to see such positive feedback from schools participating in Bookbuzz.

"These results confirm its effectiveness in promoting reading for pleasure, inspiring a new generation of readers and introducing them to books they may not have otherwise read.

"At BookTrust, we know how crucial it is to instil and maintain a reading habit because of the real difference it can make to a child's life, so we're proud to continue offering Bookbuzz and its high-quality books as a valuable resource for schools across the UK."

Registration for Bookbuzz 2024 is open now for schools to sign up and provide their students with this specialised support that creates engaged experiences and helps embed a love of reading.

Learn more about Bookbuzz today and hear exactly why schools love Bookbuzz.


Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading in 11 to 13-year-olds. Participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to take home and keep from a list of 16 titles.

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