Almost 3,000 primary schools – one in seven – have no library provision

Primary schools in the North of England are significantly more likely to have no library provision, new findings show.

Research has revealed that across the UK, one in seven state primary schools (14%) have no library provision, this equates to 2,900 schools affecting more than 750,000 pupils.

The findings have been published by the Primary School Library Alliance – a collaboration between the National Literacy Trust and publisher Penguin Random House which is lobbying government to commit to every primary school having a library by 2025.

The report, Moving together towards a library in every primary school,finds that “significantly fewer primary schools located in the north of England currently have library spaces or access to books compared to other regions, most notably in the south.

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