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What is Giglets?

Giglets is an online literacy resource used by thousands of teachers and pupils. Giglets allows you to share texts and activities that your pupils will love to work on whether they are in school or at home.

Giglets includes an accessible and ever-expanding library of colourful and enjoyable texts in over 35 languages. Pupils are engaged before they have even begun to read, drawn in by enhanced texts that include: audio support, illustrations, animations and theme music.

Each pupil's reading and learning experience is supported by interactive tasks and questions focussed on reading comprehension and higher-order thinking. The rich selection of texts encourages independence and improves pupils' motivation to read.

Try Giglets and support your pupils as they learn to love to read.

Educational Impact

improve attainment
76%
reduce teacher workload
76%
reduce attainment gap
71%
save school money
65%
improve parent engagement
65%

Additional evidence

Feb 2021

How Fenwick Primary Added Value To The Reading Experience, UK

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Feb 2021

Reducing Planning and Marking Time, UK

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Oct 2021

An Inclusive Resource at St. Andrew's Primary School

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Oct 2021

How GEMS Uses Giglets to Support EAL Learners

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Nov 2022

Using Giglets to Support Reading into Writing

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CompanyBusiness Name: Giglets
HQ Location: United Kingdom
Founded: 2011
Age Range0-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16
FeaturesMessagingReading Test QuestionsDifferentiated TasksMonitoring And TrackingReportingGive Student FeedbackAudioHigher Order Thinking Skills QuestionsMarkingAccessible FontsFont Size Options
LanguagesArabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Scottish Gaelic; Gaelic, Irish, Akan, Albanian, Bengali, Danish, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Manx, Nepali, Pashto, Pushto, Polish, Portuguese, Panjabi, Punjabi, Romanian, Moldavian, Moldovan, Russian, Somali, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Welsh, Yoruba
AccessibilityRobust features
PoliciesTerms of ServicePrivacy PolicyGDPR
RequirementsInternet - Low BandwidthInternet - High BandwidthDesktop - MacDesktop - WindowsDesktop - ChromebookDesktop - LinuxMobile - iPhoneMobile - iPadMobile - WindowsMobile - Android

Giglets is an online, browser-based resource and can be accessed on any device with an up-to-date browser. Installation is not required. Teachers and students will have individual logins to access Giglets both in school and from home.

Set Up

Setting up is very straightforward. Simply add your teacher and pupil accounts and you are ready to go!

TrainingIn PersonLive Online

We recommend a whole staff training session to introduce the resource and support successful implementation. We can also support you with tailored CPD sessions on securing best practice in your literacy provision.

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Home LearningParent Access

School must create the account.

Subscriptions are available to schools but Giglets can be accessed both in school and from home.

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Paid Subscription

Giglets pricing starts from £1200 / year

School subscriptions are on an annual basis and typically range from £1200 - £2000 per annum depending on school size and subscription options. To discuss the subscription options available to your school, please contact us on info@giglets.com or click 'Free Demo' above.

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Giglets Reviews

4.4 out of 5

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Giglets has collected 6 reviews in the past 6 months

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Katy

Teacher

Pirie Park Primary School, Scotland

Used Giglets weekly for 4-6 months

Dec 2023

Giglets is a fantastic resource which is easy to use for adults and children alike. It provides a wide range of texts which are levelled to suit all learners and provides linked follow up activities which can be sent back to teachers to assess.

Katy found Giglets:
  • Significantly saves school money
    Not having to buy class sets of books. Saves on paper for follow up questions/activities.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Easy to search and find suitable texts at the correct level for your whole class. Follow up activities are readily available and don't need to make your own or find from other sources.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Giglets allows for a personalised and differentiated approach to ensure all learners needs are being met in terms of their Literacy. Due to having access to Giglets on ipads, children can use accessibility features to further support them on their reading journey.
  • Slightly improves parent engagement
    We haven't yet set up our parental side of Giglets but I know once we do it will be very beneficial.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Children are accessing a wide range of texts and are supported to challenge themselves. It allows for work to be set at the correct level.
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Jarlath Canney

Class Teacher

Used Giglets weekly for 1-2 years

Dec 2023

An excellent resource. A worthwhile investment.

Jarlath Canney found Giglets:
  • Significantly saves school money
    We are not buying new books, they are being uploaded on the online library.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Easy to use and many resouces already on the system.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    There are many tools tht support the reading process such as highlighting and text colour etc.
  • Moderately improves parent engagement
    Books are set and parents are interested in using giglets with their children.
  • Moderately improves attainment
    Lower Ability children are enjoying reading
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Kimberley

Teacher

Used Giglets weekly for 7–12 months

Dec 2023

Easy to use, quality resources and useful tools

Kimberley found Giglets:
  • Does not significantly save school money
    Online texts mean less physical books purchased
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    I have used texts for lessons instead of creating my own
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Some reading progress shown as a result of regular use
  • Does not significantly improve parent engagement
    Some parents still not engaged
  • Slightly improves attainment
    NA
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Richard

Teacher

St. Joseph's RC Primary School, Penarth, Wales

Used Giglets weekly for 1-2 years

Dec 2023

It is a very useful resource, but the cost can be prohibitive for many schools and there are limits to the resources. It can also be very difficult to implement it within a class unless the technological infrastructure is in place to allow an entire class to access the service simultaneously. Bandwidth is a major factor in the limit of using Giglets at the moment for many schools.

Richard found Giglets:
  • Slightly saves school money
    Less need to buy new books, lower cost on printing resources
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    The HOTS and reading test questions being organised is very helpful. Marking can be more complicated than if it was in books, as you have to load each record individually, but it can still reduce workload if done well.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Allocation of suitable resources is easy, but not significantly more than using physical resources.
  • Does not significantly improve parent engagement
    A few parents like to engage, but most rely on in-class use only.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    It is useful for attainment, but doesn't significantly improve it. I find it more of a tool to allow me to support learners and meet them where they are. This has the biggest impact, but relies on suitable use.
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Catherine

Teacher

St Josephs, Wales

Used Giglets weekly for 1-2 years

Dec 2023

I think it is a useful tool for teaching reading and gives a wide range of books.

Catherine found Giglets:
  • Slightly saves school money
  • Does not significantly reduce teacher workload
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    I can see how it would due to the HOTS questions linking with assessments but we are not quite there in our journey as a school yet.
  • Does not significantly improve parent engagement
    Unfortunately we have had very little uptake and only 2 parents came to the parent session last year but we are still working on this.
  • Slightly improves attainment
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Emma

LLC Lead

Used Giglets weekly for 1-2 years

Dec 2023

The texts are enjoyable and engaging for learners. Questions are provided to practise comprehension skills.

Emma found Giglets:
  • Slightly saves school money
    It's an investment in the teaching and learning of reading.
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Higher order reading questions are provided for you and general resources to support reading lessons.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    We haven't got enough data to assess the impact yet.
  • Slightly improves parent engagement
  • Moderately improves attainment
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Caryn

Primary School Teacher

Muirhead Primary School, Scotland

Used Giglets monthly for 4-6 months

May 2022

Some of the activities were difficult for the pupils compared to book level.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Caryn. Thanks for taking the time to share a review! We were delighted to hear how Muirhead Primary School have been using Giglets to support the development of reading strategies at our recent South Ayrshire schools event. We provide lots of different tasks to support the development of comprehension skills so that teachers have a choice of what to use with pupils. If you need any help at all using Giglets, do just give us a message on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Caryn found Giglets:
  • Slightly saves school money
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  • Does not significantly reduce teacher workload
    The activities could be used "off the shelf"
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    .
  • Slightly improves parent engagement
    Possibly could be used as homework which may help.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    It's part of a suite of resources used in school.
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Nicky Turner

Class Teacher

Treowen C P School, Wales

Used Giglets weekly for 1-2 years

Feb 2022

Absolutely wonderful resource all round. I only give it 9 as it doesn’t cover all topics/genre YET! I appreciate the library is constantly growing! The training provided is second to none also.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Nicky. Thanks very much for taking the time to write us a review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the training. Don't worry, we'll keep adding lots and lots of texts to the Giglets library! :) If you need any help at all using Giglets, do just email us on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Nicky Turner found Giglets:
  • Slightly saves school money
    Will save on resourcing group readers and the physical library in the future.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Ready planned activities and the ability to adapt to suit your class. Training ideas help also as they give tips and resources that can be used across the curriculum. Lovely little toolkit!
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    We are yet to measure this but it has increased the children’s interest in reading.
  • Slightly improves parent engagement
    We have not looked into this as yet.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Again we have no measure of this at present.
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Samantha Lindsay

Acting Principle Teacher

Glendale Gaelic School, Scotland

Used Giglets weekly for 3-4 years

Feb 2022

I love the visuals and music sounds which come with the books. Pupils really engage with learning through their iPads and enjoy completing the assigned activities.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Sam! Tapadh leat airson leirmheas a sgrìobhadh dhuinn. We're so glad you and your pupils enjoy the illustrations and music on Giglets. If you need any help at all, do just send us a message on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Samantha Lindsay found Giglets:
  • Significantly saves school money
    As we have access to online reading materials and resources we have felt less pressure to sources other literacy materials therefore school money is spent on other aspects of the curriculum which aren’t as easily accessible as Giglets.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Books are accessed quickly via the Library tab and with one click pre prepared activities can be assigned. Before Giglets teachers would be required to create their own abloom activities and would also require time for translations too.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Giglets can be accessed by all pupils in school and at home through their own personal log in. Books are assigned by teachers to suit pupils correct levels and stages.
  • Significantly improves parent engagement
    Teachers can assign books for Homework tasks which encourages parents to work with their children and learn with them. It gives them easy access to Gaelic materials at home.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Easily accessible resources for all stages and levels.
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Jo Marchant

CEO

Endeavour Partnership Trust, England

Used Giglets weekly for 0–3 months

Feb 2022

Giglets has been really useful particularly for our SEND and EAL pupils who have found it more difficult to engage either with texts that are not in their own language, or have SPLD and found the text types and vocabulary in a number of books difficult to access. The fact the books are on line is an added bonus for a number of our reluctant boys!

Reply from Giglets:Hi Jo! Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review for us here on EdTech Impact. We know other teachers will appreciate reading about how you have been using Giglets within your MAT. We're glad your pupils find Giglets engaging and supportive. If you need anything at all, just email our Help Desk on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Jo Marchant found Giglets:
  • Significantly saves school money
    Having an online resource of multicultural texts has been a huge saving in terms of not having to buy individual texts in a multitude of languages.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Previously teachers would have to try and find our dual language texts around the school, borrowing from each others classrooms
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Too soon to tell
  • Moderately improves parent engagement
    Our EAL parents have really enjoyed engaging with texts in their own language and some are reading more with their children.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Too soon to say
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Sarah Ferguson

Principal Teacher

Stirling Council, Scotland

Used Giglets weekly for 3-4 years

Feb 2022

Giglets has been a fantastic resources across all primary classes. It has been great to have a new resources full of Gaelic texts, new and unexplored by pupils and staff! The resources are really beneficial and supportive of the benchmarks and CfE levels. An all round great and intuitive resource.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Sarah! Mòran taing airson leirmheas a sgrìobhadh dhuinn! We know other teachers will really appreciate reading about how you've been using Giglets. We've added a few new Gaelic texts recently that we hope your Gaelic classes will enjoy. If you need any help using Giglets, do just get in touch with us on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Sarah Ferguson found Giglets:
  • Significantly saves school money
    Having an array of books available digitally, and being able to assign books to individuals, groups and whole classes without having to worry about number of paper copies in school.
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    The ease of assigning books to pupils and groups. The tasks avaialble to assign also. The ideas for teaching reading skills linked to texts at different levels of CfE with the addition of differentiation in multi-composite classes. The resources are fantastic which can be used for various levels and learning intentions. The links to Experiences and Outcomes is also very beneficial.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Again, the range or texts, resources that can be assigned and taught with pupils who require extra support. The texts which have audio available is very useful for children to improve literacy and reading skills. Also the features of adjusting background and font for all pupils, not just children with Dyslexia is an added advantage.
  • Slightly improves parent engagement
    This is something we have not explored as much. The messaging function was very helpful during the periods of remote learning.
  • Moderately improves attainment
    The range of texts available and the opportunity of having an unseen text is great for the Gaelic language due to lack of resources in this area of Gaelic Medium Education. The reading assessments and comprehension tasks makes the literacy experiences and outcomes engaging and it is an additional tool for assessing reading and literacy.
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Colin Jenkins

Headteacher

Buttington Trewern CPSchool, Wales

Used Giglets occasionally for 3-4 years

Feb 2022

Although it is a very good online reading opportunity- the disruption to school due to covid and varied engagement by staff , parents and pupils unfortunately hasn’t impacted as successfully as hoped.

Reply from Giglets:Thank you for your feedback, Colin. Your school being trained the week of lockdown was incredibly challenging and we’re glad that you found Giglets to be helpful during that time. We’re looking forward to working with you over the course of your subscription and helping you get the most of Giglets in the classroom and at home to ensure maximum impact.
Colin Jenkins found Giglets:
  • Slightly saves school money
    Online resources don’t become worn out.
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    During lockdown this supported the school to get good activities out to pupils.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    A great bank of reading material available to all.
  • Moderately improves parent engagement
    Pupils can work with pupils on reading development.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Those who engage attain.
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Linsey Owens

Acting Head Teacher

Cwm Clydach Primary School, Wales

Used Giglets weekly for 5 years+

Feb 2022

It is a tool enjoyed by learners and staff, the support we receive from the giglets team is second to none- staff training opportunities, network meetings and how well they respond to our suggestions is impressive.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Linsey. Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review. It's been a pleasure to work with Cwn Clydach Primary School for so many years. If you need anything at all, do just get in touch with us on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Linsey Owens found Giglets:
  • Slightly saves school money
    Less books being purchased as learners are able to access texts at home and school digitally
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    The website has lots of useful resources to support learning and teaching. The ideas are inspiring and staff have saved time researching for ideas and tasks on other websites.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    .
  • Moderately improves parent engagement
    We have led parent workshops in school to support parents with using Giglets at home, those who have attended have engage more following training sessions. We have trained the children in the juniors to be more independent with using giglets so that they arent over reliant on parents.
  • Slightly improves attainment
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Aileen Wood

PT Support for Learning

Doon Academy, Scotland

Used Giglets monthly for 1-2 years

Feb 2022

Giglets allows for home working as well as school tasks. It is easy to navigate and encourages independent learning. Pupils enjoy the books as they have colourful illustrations and music. A very helpful feature is the audio, allowing pupils to hear and see the words while reading.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Aileen. Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We're very glad you and your pupils find Giglets easy to navigate and appreciate the audio. If you ever need any help using Giglets, do just give us a message on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Aileen Wood found Giglets:
  • Does not significantly save school money
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Close reading & higher order thinking skills questions are already prepared.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    I found that Giglets stories & tasks kept pupils engaged during lockdown and also allowed for independent working. This meant that pupils with literacy difficulties were able to maintain, and improve, their literacy skills.
  • Slightly improves parent engagement
  • Moderately improves attainment
    See above
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Hannah Jones

Teacher and LLC Link

Lliswerry Primary School, Wales

Used Giglets weekly for 5 years+

Feb 2022

I feel that there is a big jump from the bright star to the red balloon books i.e. wordless texts to tricky text. Although learners can access the read aloud tool - we still encourage learners to use their reading skills and many of our lower ability readers who are reading short simple sentences, find this hard. There needs to be something in between the bright star and red balloon to bridge this.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Hannah! Thank you for writing us a review here on EdTech Impact. We really appreciate that you took the time to do so. We've been adding lots of books at all levels and so hopefully you'll see an even greater choice within the levels. If you need any help at all using Giglets, you can email our Help Desk on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Hannah Jones found Giglets:
  • Slightly saves school money
    Learners have access to the online resources which does save on photocopying (as we are a large school). Online literature and resources reduces the case of losing books and lowers the cost of replacing them.
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    Resources are readiy available and can be assigned easily to pupils. Some of the features allows learners to access activities and learning independently.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    N/A
  • Significantly improves parent engagement
    Lot's of children do not have literature at home and do not have stories read to them. Learners can access online resources - and independently if needed. The 'read aloud' feature is great for this as there are times when parents are busy. Children with parents who have low confidence with reading themselves, are still able to have stories read to them.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Children enjoy accessing Giglets on the iPads or Chromebooks etc because there is an element of fun with this. When reading is pleasurable, learners want to engage and this in turn has an impact on their reading skills.
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Alice Wilkinson

Teacher

Pontnewydd Primary School, Wales

Used Giglets daily for 3-4 years

Feb 2022

At pontnewydd the pupils love using Giglets. They love having their own account that they can use in school and at home. They enjoy having a record of books that they have read. They also love the theme music and fantastic illustrations!

Reply from Giglets:Hi Alice. Thanks for writing us a review here on EdTech Impact. We're so grateful that you took the time to do so. We're also so grateful for the case study you did with us showcasing how you've used Giglets to develop writing in your school. We know teachers will really appreciate reading about your experience. If you need anything at all, don't hesitate to contact us on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Alice Wilkinson found Giglets:
  • Significantly saves school money
    Having a online resource is fantastic - We do not have to buy packs and packs of books for guided reading anymore! The books are far more engaging too!
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Teachers no longer have to think of HOT questions themselves, they are already available to them after each book!
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Giglets engages reluctant readers - we have seen a significant improvement in reading for pleasure since introducing the resource, leading to an improvement in attainment.
  • Significantly improves parent engagement
    Parents enjoy being able to use the resource at home. It helps those who may not have physical reading books at home.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Pupil engagement.
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Lorraine Cadwallader-Jones

Deputy Head

Ysgol Cefnllys(formerly Llandrindod Wells CP), Wales

Used Giglets weekly for 3-4 years

Feb 2022

This resource has worked really well for us in Mainstream, ALN and EAL

Reply from Giglets:Hi Lorraine. Thanks for leaving us a review here! We're so glad to read that Giglets has been working well for you for mainstream, ALN and EAL at Ysgol Cefnllys. If you need any support with Giglets, do just contact our help desk on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Lorraine Cadwallader-Jones found Giglets:
  • Moderately saves school money
    ability to have a range of texts for class and group activities without huge cost and storage
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    The text are already mapped to activities and follow up
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    good range of subject and genre to work on motivated readers
  • Slightly improves parent engagement
    Covid has not helped us to promote face to face recently
  • Significantly improves attainment
    whole class and group differentiated and easy to move to next stage
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Marc Bowen

Deputy Head and Year 5 Classteacher

Raglan CiW VC Primary School, Wales

Used Giglets daily for 1-2 years

Dec 2021

Giglets is an excellent teacher resource, supporting by outstanding half termly/termly network meeting events, where staff can access training and the latest updates are showcased. The ever growing library of texts is impressive, as is the willingness that the Giglets team show to engaging with customers to tailor their offering more precisely. Joining Giglets has felt like joining a reading community of passionate educationalists, rather than just a subscription based resource. The versatility of Giglets to support whole class teaching and individual reading development is a real benefit and proves value for money.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Marc! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review. We know that other teachers will really appreciate being able to read about how you have been using Giglets. If you need any help using Giglets, don't hesitate to contact our Help Desk on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Marc Bowen found Giglets:
  • Slightly saves school money
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    It has provided me with model texts to support my whole class teaching, saving me time in trying to source and digitise texts to share with the class. I also use it daily as part of my Guided Group Reading, as I know that the Higher Order Thinking Skills tasks are well matched to each text; I don't have to spend time generating these for myself.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    During lockdowns, it has proved invaluable as a way of ensuring that all children could access a broad library of reading materials whilst at home. The Higher Order Thinking Skills tasks also allow daily practise of these skills.
  • Slightly improves parent engagement
    Many parents reported that Giglets was very useful support to Blended Learning during periods of lockdown.
  • Moderately improves attainment
    Again, the access to high quality reading materials, which are linked to the HOTS tasks help to provide daily, high quality reading and comprehension activities for the children.
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Tracy Wallace

Class Teacher

Dalmellington Primary School, Scotland

Used Giglets weekly for 1-2 years

Nov 2021

Giglets has great features for help to teach reading. It is constantly adding new books and with the addition of further books I would definitely give it a 10.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Tracy, Thanks so much for your review! We're glad you like the features we have in place to help teach reading. Don't worry, we'll keep adding books! :) Best wishes, The Giglets Team
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Patricia Karen Wilson

Principal Teacher Raising Attainment

Park School, Scotland

Used Giglets weekly for 1-2 years

Nov 2021

I cannot find anything I don't like about Giglets. One of the most important points for our school is, that pupils can use Giglets very well. Working in a school for pupils with Additional Support Needs, teachers often find that pupils struggle with new technology and need a lot of practice to be able to use the technology correctly. This is not the case with Giglets. I trained my pupils how to use Giglets in three lessons. I have a very wide range of literacy abilities in my class and all pupils were able to use Giglets correctly to access books, complete reading tasks and use the chat feature (which they love). It is not often that this occurs. My colleagues who use Giglets agree that this is the same with their pupils. We hardly have any problems with the system and if there is a problem with a login etc then I as the administrator, can fix it easily and quickly. The Giglets Helpdesk is always very willing to help with problems and they are easy to contact. Seona has been very supportive regarding setting up Giglets initially and in informing us about training sessions for staff. In summary, I think Giglets really enhances pupils' learning.

Reply from Giglets:Thank you for taking the time to write us such a lovely review. We're so grateful and love to hear about how you have been using Giglets at Park School. It's been a pleasure to support! We know other teachers will really appreciate reading about how Giglets has been used in your context. If you need any help using Giglets, don't hesitate to get in touch with us on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Patricia Karen Wilson found Giglets:
  • Significantly saves school money
    The school buys less reading materials
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    A good example of a reduction in teacher workload, is the Reading Test questions and Hots questions that accompany the reading books in Giglets. After reading texts, a teacher would have to create and produce their own reading tasks for pupils.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    I would say Giglets contributes to closing the attainment gap. For example, pupils in lower income areas have the same access to reading books and associated tasks as pupils in more affluent areas. I also believe that having access to online reading books at home encourages parents to become more involved in their child's learning. Technology appeals to people and pupils enjoy showing their parents how Giglets works.
  • Moderately improves parent engagement
    I think Giglets does engage parents as it involves technology which is appealing to people of all ages. I also believe that for some parents who may have literacy difficulties themselves and cannot read a book with their child, will get pleasure in being able to listen to a book with their child and be involved in their child's learning.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    I have seen improvement in reading ability in some of the pupils in my literacy classes. Even reluctant readers are keen to explore Giglets and see what it is like. The fact that the reading test questions are designed in such a way that they eliminate the need for a lot of writing, appeals to pupils who find writing difficult and laborious. With the thought of a lot of writing removed, the pupils seem to focus more on a story and enjoy it. Often pupils ' abilities of discussing a book are far beyond their writing abilities.
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Nora McCrorie

Principal Teacher

St Patrick's PS, Auchinleck, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Used Giglets weekly for 1-2 years

Nov 2021

Giglets is a great resource. The support from the Giglets team (Seona) is invaluable. All requests are listened to and changes made where appropriate. Continuous support with updates is really helpful. Great to see that resources are being continually added to. The option to upload/adapt reading activities is very helpful. Also, input at authority level at Literacy Leaders events supports the strategic approach across the authority. SAC team now using Giglets texts which means more resources prepared for busy teachers. Support in school with delivery of bespoke training sessions has been great. (Planning to organise Parent Workshop and will again be accessing support of the Team.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Nora, Thanks so much for your review! We're so happy to hear how Giglets supports literacy in your school. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Nora McCrorie found Giglets:
  • Moderately saves school money
    Saves money on purchasing reading books/texts.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    All the pre-prepared materials are a great resource for teachers. Assessment results can be added to pupil portfolios- good to have access to the data. The access to a range of texts saves a great deal of time for teachers. The fact that they are all book banded also a plus. Access to Giglets at home helps with time management. Home Learning Sessions - godsend! Teachers able to share what's happening in the classroom. Also saves time on homework preparation.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Pupils engage very well with Giglets. The Giglets tools make reading accessible for all pupils. Pupils feel that they are using the same resources as their peers - improves self-esteem and confidence. Particularly in upper classes, differentiated work is less obvious. Pupils also involved in choice of texts for groups etc. This means interests are being catered for. Hoping to embed Giglets into reading programme, looking forward to seeing the impact longer term.
  • Slightly improves parent engagement
    Due to the global pandemic, we have more limitations with regard to parental involvement. However, parents have intimated that they like their children using Giglets, they find it easy to navigate. The fact that it's an online resource also help. (Doesn't get lost!) It is also helpful when pupils are self-isolating, parents feel that they are engaging in quality tasks/activities.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    It appears to impact positively on attainment in that pupils are engaging in literacy/reading activities in school and at home. From the assessment data, teachers can see an improvement in specific skills. It also helps identify skills that pupils need to focus on so teachers can include this in planning for literacy sessions. Would need to spend time assessing the data. On the list!
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J Horner

KS2 Class Teacher

Used Giglets for 3-4 years

May 2021

Brilliant tool to encourage reading for pleasure, the reading comprehension tasks are linked to WG assessments, digital element engages most pupils, listened to read aloud helps EAL pupils.

Reply from Giglets:Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're so glad that you're enjoying using Giglets to support reading for pleasure and comprehension. If you need any help using Giglets, don't hesitate to give us an email on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
J Horner found Giglets:
  • Moderately improves attainment
    The digital element means that pupils are more engaged. Being able to listen to the book read aloud has helped EAL pupils' language acquisition. Pupils can read books suited to their individual abilities. Bilingual books have engaged EAL learners.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    The reading test questions have helped familiarise pupils with the WG reading assessment questions.
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Resources (conscience alley, ABC grid) are readily available to print or display in class. Giglets tasks, adapted for each book, are available immediately.
  • Moderately saves school money
    We use significantly less paper for comprehension tasks than without Giglets.
  • Slightly improves parental engagement
    EAL parents are able to facilitate reading from home easier.
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Caroline Howlett

KS2 Team Leader, Literacy Lead

Used Giglets for 3-4 years

May 2021

Books are constantly added, questions link to the WG tests, pupil engagement Is high

Reply from Giglets:Hi Caroline. Thanks very much for taking the time to write us a review. We very much appreciate it! We're glad you appreciate that we're always adding texts and that your pupils find Giglets engaging. If you need any help at all using Giglets, just email us on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Caroline Howlett found Giglets:
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Boys reading has become more focussed. Reading in home language .
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Comprehension and understanding
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Books are related to the project title and the HOTS questions are great starters for discussion, sometimes used in circle time
  • Moderately saves school money
    Less paper as the questions don’t need to be printed! Pupils are able to have a library at home
  • Significantly improves parental engagement
    Visuals, music, home language, accessible,
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Shona Lawson

Acting DHT

Gargieston PS, Scotland

Used Giglets for 1-2 years

May 2021

A more detailed tracking and monitoring system would be excellent. Also we have found some of the books a little inappropriate.

Reply from Giglets:Thanks so much for your review Shona. We’re delighted that your pupils at Gargieston Primary School are finding Giglets texts engaging! We’re happy to tell you we’ve recently added some additional tracking and monitoring features which we hope you will find helpful. Sorry to hear that some of the texts don’t suit your learners. We aim to provide a wide variety of different genres and themes of texts to engage all learners. This includes everything from comedy to horror and we do our best to provide comprehensive overviews for teachers so that they can make informed choices of which texts to assign to their pupils.
Shona Lawson found Giglets:
  • Moderately improves attainment
    Motivation in reading due to age specific books with interesting subjects brightly designed. Children have enjoyed the books they have been allocated and motivation is increased.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    We have reduced numbers of children not on target
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
  • Does not save school money
    We still have another core resource. This is for choice.
  • Slightly improves parental engagement
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Lisa Comley

Deputy Headteacher

Used Giglets for 1-2 years

Mar 2021

Giglets provides teachers with an accessible library of a wide range of high quality books and resources to engage and interest children which not only helps to improve attainment but their love of reading too!

Reply from Giglets:Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review. We know other teachers are going to find this really helpful! If you need any help using Giglets at all, just give us a message on support@giglets.com. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Lisa Comley found Giglets:
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Answering National Test Questions accurately
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Increase in reading age
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Access to a wide range of books for all abilities, enabling the teacher to differentiate easily . High quality resources are provided for both pre-reading and post reading which significantly reduces teacher workload.
  • Significantly saves school money
    All resources are provided online by Giglets therefore there is no need to replace old books or make paper copies of resources.
  • Significantly improves parental engagement
    As children can access Giglets on any device parents can engage in child's reading at anytime. Parents can help develop their child's reading comprehension through HOTS questions at home.
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