Why every school should have a library in catch-up plan – The Yorkshire Post says

THE acclaimed Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, makes a profound point following her visit to Dinnington Community Primary School – how can pupils, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, be expected to improve their literacy if their place of learning no longer has a library?

Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell during a recent visit to Dinnington Community Primary School.
Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell during a recent visit to Dinnington Community Primary School.

The bestselling author, who has sold more than 11 million books and says she has undertaken more school visits than the typical Ofsted inspector, believes that a modern library at every school is integral to the so-called levelling up agenda.

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It is a widely shared view as she presses Ministers to make £100m available after a previously empty room at Dinnington School was transformed into a reading room. The problem is a Government – and a Chancellor in Rishi Sunak – that is deaf to the importance of schools catch-up funding. Let’s hope Ms Cowell is more effective at making funding pitches than Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary. It shouldn’t be too difficult.

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