With a small school library that was not fit-for-purpose, Tom Donohoe set about a new approach – creating a well-equipped mini-library in every single classroom...

As a headteacher I often say that when I make decisions about the school, I try to consider how I would have felt about that decision as a 10-year-old and how would I have felt about it as a young teacher.

While I wasn’t a huge fan of school as a youngster, one thing I do remember with affection is the Book Corner we had in our classroom, in year 5. My teacher, Mrs Dowling, was someone I liked, looked up to and respected and looking back she helped turn me from a “reluctant reader” to a child who devoured books for fun. There is no doubt that the Book Corner that she had created played a significant part in that.

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