Nobody wins in library lottery

12th February 2016 at 00:00

I was interested to read about the Charter for Scottish Education (“Education directors bid to end postcode lottery”, Insight, 29 January). The charter sets out a series of points that the education directors’ body ADES believes can make Scotland a world leader in education. One of the main points was for “every child to receive a core set of educational experiences”. Within the report, ADES states: “No postcode lottery of opportunity should exist or be allowed to develop.”

In light of this article, I was extremely disappointed with the response from ADES to the petition calling for a national strategy for school libraries in Scotland.

Young people in Scotland are currently subject to a postcode lottery when it comes to the provision of school library services. But ADES’ response to our petition was a four-line email, offering no support or backing for the development of a national strategy on school libraries.

Save Scotland’s School Libraries does not agree with ADES that reforms have taken place within school library services across Scotland. It is our belief that the school library system is being dismantled by individual local authorities, which refuse to acknowledge the impact that a school library can have on reducing the attainment gap.

Duncan Wright

On behalf of Save Scotland’s School Libraries

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