• Petitioned Department for Education

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Department for Education

Ensure that all school students have access to a well-run school library.

    1. Elizabeth Bentley
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Bentley

      London, United Kingdom

One in 5 children have no books at home. Many more have limited access to public libraries, or to the expertise of a professional librarian. By ensuring that all schools have libraries, and that they are properly run with professional library support, either full-time in the case of scondary schools, or part-time in the case of primary schools, the government can ensure that all children have good access not only to books and information but also the support necessary to use these effectively. Making this provision statutory would stop the current uneven provision and give all children and young people access, regardless of family income or easy access to a public library. Far too many schools have either no school library, or no professional library support, with consequent lack of access for their students.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
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      Elizabeth Bentley
      Petition organiser

      Thanks to all the 550 signatories (not including my own!). So many in just 8 days. Keep spreading the word, so we can keep up the pressure.

    3. Reached 500 signatures

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    • angela french LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      children are the future

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    • Olivia Kilmartin LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Because I'm am acutely aware of the importance of literacy for improving children's life chances and acquiring a habit of reading for pleasure is the way to do it.

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    • Nicci Burton SOUTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      As a early years teacher and a mummy of 2 I agree that it is essential that all children have access to a well run school library.

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    • Jacqueline Hale LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      I am a school librarian and know how important this is.

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    • Eleanor Murrell BRANDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Because I believe that everyone has the right to an education, to form their own informed opinions and improving themselves through the written word, whether or not they have wealth in order to buy books. This is why libraries are a vital part of our society, why take away such a fundamental pillar of a civilized society?

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