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A good school library service can have a significant impact on pupils’ literacy. We would like to see all schools have a well-stocked library and all secondary schools employ an information professional, but this should be a local decision, not one mandated by Government. It is up to schools to target resources appropriately according to their individual circumstances and to make their own choices about school library provision and book resourcing.
Organisations such as the School Library Association (SLA), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), and the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), provide a wealth of materials, training and expertise to help school libraries and librarians improve provision at a local level.
Last year’s report from the School Library Commission (chaired by Baroness Morris) also provides a range of suggestions for improvements.
If you are looking for more ideas, resources to support reading for pleasure, or book recommendations, you may find the links on this page useful.
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An independent charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to engage with books.
The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity that links home, school and the community to promote literacy. It supports people working with learners through innovative programmes, information and research.
The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to inspire more people to read more.
The School Library Association believes that every pupil is entitled to effective library provision. It supports those involved with school libraries to ensure quality reading and learning opportunities for all.
This report from the School Library Commission (chaired by Baroness Morris) provides a range of suggestions for improvements to school libraries.