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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13770: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 10 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on every secondary school having a library and full-time qualified librarian, and how it can encourage and promote moves towards this.

Answered by: John Swinney 22 January 2018

We want all our children and young people to succeed in life. High quality education is critical to that aim. Decisions that shape the education of our young people should be made in classrooms, schools and establishments by people working directly with those young people, their parents and communities. We are delivering this vision of empowerment and devolution through our Education Bill. The Scottish Government recognises the valuable contribution school libraries and school librarians make to the life and work of Scotland's schools. We have demonstrated our commitment to school libraries and school librarians through endorsement of 'How good is our school library?', the £1 million investment through the School Library Improvement Fund announced in the Programme for Government, and the development of a National Strategy for School Libraries - a first for the UK. We would encourage local authorities to ensure an effective School library service is in place.