Report in Guardian regarding the letter to Government. This report’s findings apply to England, but all advocacy is good advocacy 🙂
Text published with permission of Alan Gibbons:
The report of the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group, entitled The Beating Heart of the School, last week concluded that “it is vital that all schools have a good library to ensure children develop essential literacy and digital literacy skills in order to fulfill their potential.”
Responding, Schools Minister David Laws said: “Reading for pleasure and study has a well-documented positive impact on children’s educational attainment across the curriculum.”
We, authors and illustrators, teachers, librarians, parents and others, are keen that this recommendation does not just become another piece of wishful thinking and call on the Department of Education to act immediately on the report’s conclusions to gather data on library provision and instruct Ofsted to include libraries in its remit. This is urgent. Schools lost 280 librarians last year. At the very least the Department should convene a working group including librarians’, authors’, head teachers’ and teachers’ representatives to draw up an action plan to realise the aim of a good library in every school.
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