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SLIF Awards 2020

19 February 2021 Share

Over £100,000 awarded to support school library projects across Scotland.

Exciting news for school libraries in Scotland, as The School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) have recently awarded over £100,000 to support the delivery of innovative school library projects across Scotland. The annual Fund is administered by SLIC on behalf of the Scottish Government and supports activities within school libraries that contribute to the delivery of key education priorities.

This year, the fund ensured priority was given to projects aimed at supporting school library service provision to pupils in response to COVID-19 lockdown measures. The grants were awarded to 13 projects from 11 authorities across Scotland including Shetland, the Western Isles, the North East and across the central belt. Projects encouraging young people’s development in digital literacy, as well as improving access to mental health and wellbeing resources, feature in the successful bids.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, said: “This announcement is a reminder of the central role that school libraries can play in schools, and never more so than in current circumstances. The last year has brought to the fore the need for innovative approaches to supporting pupil engagement, digital literacy and health and wellbeing. I’m pleased to see that the School Library Improvement Fund is enabling projects to develop good practice in these areas which will support learning across the curriculum.

Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive at SLIC, said: “During the COVID-19 lockdown, school libraries have continued to support pupils and schools with the delivery of the curriculum. There are fantastic examples of school librarians and library staff developing new ways to engage pupils during periods of home-based learning. We know it has added immense pressure in the last year, so it is great to be able to support them in delivering creative solutions to help re-engage pupils, whilst also developing their collaborative working, literacy and digital skills.

For more information on the types of creative projects the SLIF funding will support, click here

For a full list of the individual awards, click here.