Henry Hepburn

Saga of school libraries close to a denouement

After six years of lobbying, education secretary agrees to lend a hand and pen a national strategy

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Hopes are high that school libraries will receive a long-awaited funding boost, as it emerged that Scotland will become the first part of the UK to establish minimum national standards. But local authorities have warned that without any extra cash, plans for a national school libraries strategy would leave them with less money for other priorities, such as helping pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Education secretary John Swinney last week gave the go-ahead for the strategy to be drawn up after the summer break, following a long-running battle to protect school libraries (see box, right) ...

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