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Schools serving disadvantaged children suffer from a lack of library spaces

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    ‘Schools with disadvantaged intakes are more than twice as likely to have no access to a designated library space than those with more advantaged pupils, research reveals.

    The findings have led to one children's author dubbing inequality of access to school libraries a “social mobility time bomb”.

    One in eight schools – 13 per cent – do not have access to library space, according to the report commissioned by the Great School Libraries campaign, run by CILIP, the library and information association, and the School Library Association.’


    What are your views about the issue? Do you think the government is doing enough to ensure that schools with disadvantaged intakes have access to library spaces? Do you agree with Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, who described the findings as a “social mobility time bomb”?
  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Sadly, it's the way the world works, and schools with disadvantaged intakes have less prosperous parents.
    It's quite possible that the Government "levelling up" of school budgets will make these schools relatively worse off.
  3. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    We had a library, and a librarian. It was well used. She retired about 5 years ago, within a year the library was gone to make office space!! Now SLT are moaning about poor literacy
  4. Flowersinspring

    Flowersinspring Lead commenter

    So often libraries are used as spaces to go on computers rather than get kids reading, you know, books. We too are falling into this situation. I've asked the Head about applying for a grant to furnish the shelves and equip us with basic furniture. We'll see.

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