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Open Letter to Nicky Morgan MP

The School Library Association has supported everyone who works in school libraries for the last seventy nine years - and continues to do so.  SLA is keen to keep open communications with government to reiterate the importance of the support of trained librarians working in schools and school libraries to support students, teachers and the wider community.  To this end SLA has sent an open letter to the Secretary of State for Schools. 

The text of the open letter -

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Secretary of State for Education

House of Commons

London SW1A 0AA

23 May, 2016

Dear Minister,

School Libraries in the 21st Century

The School Library Association wants to highlight to you that the Libraries APPG report 'The Beating Heart of the School' (2014)[1] recommended that all children should have access to a school library. The Chair, Lord Tope, stated ‘If every school has a well-resourced, properly staffed, fit for purpose library that is a key part of their strategies it will make a huge contribution to young people’s educational attainment’.  That same report went on to recommend that Ofsted includes libraries in their inspections and the Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries. Two years on, and despite regular public comment and pressure, an ATL survey (2016)[2] shows more and more school libraries are closing.

The SLA urges the Minister not to let the valuable contribution that school libraries can make to the education of our children be cast aside when there is have a huge amount of literature showing just how much impact they can have when properly staffed and resourced.[3]

Yours sincerely

Tricia Adams

Director, School Library Association



[1] Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group The Beating Heart of the School: Improving educational attainment through school libraries and librarians. CILIP 2014 http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/advocacy-campaigns-awards/advocacy-campaigns/libraries-all-party-parliamentary-group/beating accessed 19/5/16

[3] Robert Gordon University Impact of School Libraries on Learning Prof. D Williams et al. http://scottishlibraries.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SLIC_RGU_Impact_of_School_Libraries_2013_Small.pdf  accessed 19/5/16


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1 Comment

Posted by Anne Clayton on Thursday 26th May 2016 at 16:38:

well said!


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