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Lack of support for libraries responsible for falling literacy levels

5 Aug 2011

Lack of access to libraries was identified as a major contributing factor. The report reads,

Although it is clear that libraries are not the single answer to improving literacy, they are an important resource for supporting a school’s literacy teaching and learning. The concern is that students without school libraries will not have access to a wide range of learning and reading resources to support their learning.

The report also highlights that despite the Secretary of State saying that children should be reading up to 50 books a year, there has been a 40% decline in purchases of books for school libraries, according to figures from the Publishing Association.  

The report was funded by Besa, the British Educational Suppliers Assocation. Besa's director, Ray Barker, has highlighted the importance of "parent power" in preventing further closures of school libraries, and the need for recognising different platforms of engagement, such as Mumsnet.

Ray Barker, director of Besa, said the support of parents was vital in preventing more schools from closing their libraries.

The parent power in schools will be considerable from now on, and we need to see how we can engage with them through platforms like Mumsnet.

The report is available to read here.

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