Read All about It: Low Standard of Libraries Is Damaging Learning, Says Chief Inspector
Cassidy, Sarah, The Independent (London, England)
THE STANDARD of libraries in many primary and secondary schools is so poor that pupils' education is being damaged, David Bell, the chief inspector of schools, has warned.
Last week, his annual report warned that bad behaviour was becoming an increasing problem in schools and his latest comments round off a series of negative reports on the state of the education system.
Mr Bell said lack of space had forced many schools to have their "library" in an entrance hall or corridor, making it impossible for children to use it properly to help with their schoolwork. Many schools also use their libraries as part-time classrooms or study areas, depriving children of access to its books.
Inspectors said lack of funds meant many school libraries were unable to deliver the wide range of up-to-date books needed to support children's learning across the curriculum.
Mr Bell said many school libraries were failing to make a significant difference to pupils' learning."Under-funded, poorly stocked and unattractive libraries do not support pupils' study and lack the potential to encourage them to read more for pleasure," he said. "Reading is the cornerstone of learning but children need books to read. The school library is often a primary source of reading material for youngsters, as well as a vital learning resource, so it is essential that these problems are addressed."
Although many secondary schools have improved their library provision over the past few years, they were still found unsatisfactory in many primaries and secondaries. In these, the ability of pupils to use the library to aid their …
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