School libraries linked to academic success

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Local authorities and schools are being encouraged to invest in their school library provision after a new report has highlighted it can lead to better educational attainment outcomes.

The new report by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) suggests that school libraries can play a significant role in the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence, providing proactive support across the four capacities and cross-curricular responsibilities.

Researchers found that schools with school libraries and librarians achieve higher exam scores leading to higher academic attainment; higher quality project work; successful curriculum and learning outcomes; positive attitudes towards learning and increased motivation and self-esteem among pupils.

The findings of the report have been backed by Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan. He said: “Literacy is a fundamental and lifelong skill and is a key focus of Curriculum for Excellence. Libraries in Scotland have an important role to play in improving literacy, as well as promoting a love of reading and books from an early age.

“This report sets out the benefits of having libraries in schools and the value they bring to the learning experience.  School and public library services remain vital partners in supporting literacy in Scotland and it’s fantastic that almost all of the secondary schools in Scotland have a library and professional librarian.”

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