National strategy for school libraries
Hundreds of Scottish pupils have helped shape a new strategy for school libraries.
Designed to ensure every child in Scotland has access to a “dynamic” library in school, the national strategy is the first of its kind in the UK.
The Scottish Government and Cosla initiative includes 20 action points to support the improvement of literacy and numeracy, boost attainment across the curriculum, and enable opportunities for family learning.
The strategy will ensure school library services are delivered to all pupils from early learning and childcare to secondary school; foster strong links among schools, families and carers; offer creative approaches to learning across the curriculum - including STEM related and digital activities - and are included in schools’ improvement plans
Education Secretary John Swinney said: “School libraries have a vital part to play, throughout the learner journey from 3-18. They support literacy, numeracy, and health and wellbeing, improving attainment across the curriculum.
“This strategy seeks to make libraries the vibrant hub and epicentre of our schools, promoting an appreciation of literature, an understanding of information literacy and a place of contact, friendship, dialogue and reassurance.
“I am pleased to endorse this strategy and look forward to working with stakeholders, headteachers and library staff to implement it over the next five years.”
Councillor Stephen McCabe, Cosla’s spokesperson for children and young people, said: “We are pleased that the National School Library Strategy recognises the many practical and innovative ways in which local authorities deliver library services to children and young people.
“The strategy will be a valuable blueprint for all of those involved in developing and delivering school library services to ensure all children and young people get the best from their education.”