Best Practice

Case study: Creating an inspiring reading environment

Drawing on research evidence, Nafferton Primary School has gone all-out to create a reading environment to inspire its pupils and make them want to pick up a book. Lucy May and David Murray explain how

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” Albert Einstein
“When in doubt go to the library.” JK Rowling

A headline last year on the Independent website caught my eye. It stated: “One in eight schools do not have library.” The report added that primary schools were less likely than secondaries to have a dedicated library (Busby, 2019).

A range of research shows that school libraries have a positive impact on pupils’ general academic attainment, reading and writing skills – as well as a positive impact on attitudes towards reading (Teravainen & Clark, 2017). Having a well-stocked school library is one of the keystones in developing an effective reading environment.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting Headteacher Update and reading some of our content for professionals in primary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcasts

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday


Already have an account? Sign in here