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‘At last, politicians are backing school libraries’

But one campaigner says some secondary libraries are surviving on just £500 a year

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The plight of school libraries has hit the headlines in recent weeks. Labour’s education spokesman, Iain Gray, criticised the government for creating a fund to improve library services while at the same time failing to address the ever-diminishing number of secondary school librarians (see graphic, below).

Meanwhile, demand for the fund, which was launched last September promising £1 million over three years, is far outstripping supply, according to one daily newspaper report – with £600,000 worth of applications made for a £100,000 pot of cash.

Duncan Wright, the school librarian who has ...

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