Primary Parliament Week
The SLA works on an ongoing basis to ensure school libraries are included in educational discussions, and recognised as part of the educational landscape. We know that school libraries can contribute to finding solutions for some of the most important issues facing education today - well-being of pupils and staff, literacy levels, the vocabulary gap, and cultural capital to name a few.
At certain times, we undertake a campaign to highlight something, this page is where they will be listed. Our focus at the moment is on the Great School Libraries campaign.
The campaign is a collaboration between CILIP, CILIP's SLG and the SLA. There is a working party chaired by Alison Tarrant (CEO of the SLA). The Campaign will last for three years, with the aim of bringing school libraries and librarians back to every school in the UK, but also by gathering data on the quality and quantity of school libraries that already exist, via a data collecting subgroup. The Campaign finishes in the summer of 2021.
We have three main aims:
We are pleased to be taking part in Libraries Week 2019 (7-12th October) - we have announcements, reveals and competitions planned, so check back or read your SLA newsletter for more information.
Libraries Week 2019 has a theme of digital - is there a way you can celebrate or build in a digital component across this week?
You can learn more about Libraries Week 2019 here: http://www.librariesweek.org.uk/libraries/get-ready-for-libraries-week/
This Libraries Week the SLA is launching our campaign asking schools to make sure their school library is mentioned on their website. In primaries this may simply be the name of the person in charge and some photos, whereas for a secondary school you may want to include more information such as opening times, clubs that happen, and even link it to the library management system.
Some schools have got rid of all their information books, or even their libraries, despite the proven impact that school libraries have on pupils and achievement. If your school is proud of their library let’s make sure parents can see that you offer this important provision. Screenshot your school library website page and share it using #proudlibraryprovision and tag in @uksla – this campaign will run until July 2020.
In Egmont’s ‘Stories and
Choices’ study at a primary school in Stoke on Trent, children were read
to, just for fun, most days over one term. Their enjoyment and motivation to
read themselves increased significantly and their reading attainment improved
at more than twice the expected rate. Daily story time is an easy and low cost
solution to the crisis in reading. We’re calling on the Government to make
story time statutory, to change the curriculum to make space for reading aloud,
so that all children up to the age of 11 hear a story every day, just for fun.
Find out more here: https://www.egmont.co.uk/statutory-storytime/
Achievement for All are trying to capture 200 million minutes of reading in just one month! Starting from World Book Day, they'er encouraging schools, libraries, businesses and families to read as much as possible to try and achieve this challenging total. You can sign up and find out more here: https://200millionminutes.org/