27 June 2014 Last updated at 16:53, 11/12/2015

The Beating Heart of the School

A report by the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group about improving educational attainment through school libraries and librarians.


The report calls for every child in the UK to have a good library in their secondary school. 

It makes four recommendations:

  • The Department for Education starts collecting figures about the number of schools that have a library and librarian
  • The Minister for Schools examines the full contribution that school libraries make to children’s education and development
  • Ofsted includes libraries in their inspections
  • The Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries

Comment from the APPG Chair

Lord Graham Tope, Chair of the Libraries APPG, said:

“We live in a world awash with digital information, where literacy skills are essential for most jobs and our daily lives, yet one in six adults in the UK struggle with literacy.

We must make sure that children in our schools are encouraged to read, have access to exciting books and reading materials, and are taught research and digital literacy skills.

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.”

About the report

Published on 8 July 2014, the report has been supported and brought together by the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals, who provide the secretariat for the Libraries APPG.

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