Today sees the launch of the Great School Libraries campaign – a three year campaign spearheaded by SLA, CILIP SLG and CILIP. The campaign has three aims: to secure school library funding; to produce a national framework for school libraries and recognition of school libraries within the Ofsted framework.
The Campaign working group will be aiming to engage all potential stakeholders – whether that’s school library staff, parents, and school leadership or decision makers in government. All children deserve a great school library because adequately funded, staffed school libraries deliver enhanced and independent learning as well as reading and curriculum support. School libraries contribute to building lifelong readers and support whole school initiatives promoting reading for pleasure.
Evidence also suggests school libraries:
Lead to higher qualifications/attainment
Promote a better quality of life
Generate improved results
Alleviate pressure on health and mental health services
Alleviate teacher workload
Increase efficiency for schools
Contribute to the delivery of a well-rounded education
Deliver and teach essential Information/critical literacy skills to combat fake news and engender independent learning
Throughout the course of the campaign the School Library Data Group will be collecting evidence in order to show the huge variety of ways that UK based school libraries contribute to better outcomes for every child. All school leaders and governors seeking to justify the expenditure and space involved in establishing or maintaining a properly staffed school library will be interested in this important campaign which seeks to demonstrate their value in terms of student outcomes.
We all have a role to play in supporting our Great School Libraries. To find out more go to: www.greatschoollibraries.edublogs.org or #GreatSchoolLibraries on Twitter