The recommended spending figure per head is £10 for primary schools and £14
per head for secondary schools. This figure is based on fiction and
non-fiction books and does not include materials such as set texts,
textbooks or study guides.
Many primary and secondary schools are failing to meet the recommendations
of the Chartered Institute of Library and Professionals (CILIP) of an
average stock of 13 books per pupil and 17 books per pupil for those over
the age of 16. The average number of books in secondary school libraries
was just 8 per pupil, well below CILIP’s recommended figures.
research also revealed that:
primary schools spend an average of £10.39 per head per year on the
library and £8.04 on books for loan.
Secondary schools spend an average of £4.28 per head per year on the
library and £2.67 on books for loan.
on average pupils in secondary schools only borrowed one book each per
just 1% of those who run libraries in primary schools have a professional
library qualification. 58% of secondary school libraries are run by staff
without a professional qualification
1/3 of respondents reported that the person who ran the primary school
library did not have specialist knowledge of children’s literature. In
secondary schools, 22% of respondents had no specialist knowledge of
85% of secondary schools reported that expenditure on the library in
2006-07 was around the same or lower than the previous year.
72% of primary school respondents stated that if they had a bigger whole
school budget they would spend more on the library
Roland Marden, Bookstart
National Research and Evaluation Coordinator:
“Research suggests that children who have access to good school libraries
reap dividends: access to books makes for good readers, good readers make
good learners. Yet Booktrust’s survey found that school libraries are often
under-used and undervalued. In many cases across the country, school
libraries are failing to fulfill their potential because of limited access
to or low levels of funding on, books. We encourage schools to review their
provision and renew their commitment to this vital resource by ensuring that
their library is properly resourced and made easily available to all