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The School Library Commission

The School Library Commission chaired by Baroness Estelle Morris, is a joint initiative between The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and the National Literacy Trust.

Baroness Estelle Morris is joined by commissioners Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund; Jean Gross, Government Communication Champion; Catherine Blanshard, Chief Officer of Libraries, Arts and Heritage for Leeds City Council; Karen Tyerman, MLA board member, Director for Community Learning Kensington and Chelsea; Martin Cooper Deputy Head Teacher, Mile Oak Primary School, Brighton and Stephen Shields Chief Executive, SHINE Trust.

The Commission aims to set a national agenda to ensure school libraries are delivering exceptional services to help young people reach their potential.

Final report

The final report of the School Library Commission has now been released.

Downloadable version of the full report

National Literacy Trust research on young people's attitudes to school libraries

Press release of the report


Call for evidence

Between February and March 2010 the Commission ran an open call for evidence and requested schools, local authorities, education professionals and any organisation or individual with an interest in the future of school libraries submit their views and ideas.

During the consultation period the Commission received 96 submissions to the open call for evidence. Further information was gathered through a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders, focus groups for head teachers, teachers, school librarians and pupils, plus a quantitative attitudinal survey of 17 thousand pupils.

School Library Commission lines of enquiry 

Transcript of the young people's focus group

Transcript of the first focus group with school staff

Transcript of the second focus group with school staff

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

The MLA is the government's agency for museums, libraries and archives. Leading strategically, we promote best practice to inspire innovative, integrated and sustainable services for all.

The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.