School Librarians deliver their report card to Education Minister Nick Gibb.
Key findings include:
- 9 in 10 schools in England that participated in the research have access to a designated library space, falling to 67% in Wales and 57% in Northern Ireland however;
- Schools with a higher proportion of students on free school meals are more than twice as likely not to have access to a designated library space;
- Employment terms for librarians and library staff fall below national standards, with low pay and little investment in professional development and training.
Commenting on the publication of the research, Nick Poole, Chief Executive of CILIP said: ” We welcome this landmark report as the first comprehensive picture of the state of play in our school libraries. On the one hand, it is a testament to the Head Teachers, Governors, Teachers and Librarians that value and promote the importance of school libraries for their learners and their schools. On the other hand the research paints a picture of inequality of access and opportunity and insecure employment that we cannot accept. The findings highlight the urgency of securing a national School Libraries Strategies and investment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, drawing on the example of Scotland.”
To find out more about the Great School Libraries Campaign, please visit their website: www.greatschoollibraries.org.uk