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Each library contains its own world of possibilities

These valuable national institutions are the perfect remedy for poor reading levels recorded among pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, argues Sonia Blandford

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Literacy levels, one of the greatest drivers of social inequality in the UK today, are in decline. According to the Fair Education Alliance, up to three in five socioeconomically disadvantaged children leave primary school without achieving the expected standard of reading; sadly, many of them go on to fall further behind in their schooling, lack self-confidence and face a future with significantly diminished opportunities.

This is an uncomfortable fact, but our school and community libraries – a national institution that has been around since 1850 – could be a solution to the problem. We all ...

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