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Are you struggling to find the resources to improve your primary school library? One of the country’s leading educational suppliers, BookLife, has set up a new scheme to support school libraries and help primary schools improve their literacy skills.
BookLife’s Match Funding scheme offers a huge range of reading material for children of all ages and abilities. The company has allocated £3 million to give away to schools, sourcing books from over all the major publishers.
BookLife has over 3,000 fiction and non-fiction products in its Match Funding catalogue which covers all curriculum requirements, including book bands, accelerated readers, guided reading, phonics and more.
The company analysed the spending trends of 750 UK primary schools and found that 20% weren’t spending any money on replenishing books for children. It also found that 50% of schools spent less than 25% of their recommended budget for replacing books.
Currently, only 61% of children will reach expected reading levels by the end of Key Stage 2. Is there a correlation between schools not replacing book resources and the slump in reading abilities?
BookLife believes this to be the case, and after witnessing so many primary schools struggling due to insufficient funding, the team knew they had to help.
The scheme allows schools to double on book resources, so for every pound a school spends with BookLife, they will receive another pound for free to spend on more school books and resources of their choice.
Currently, BookLife has given away over £2 million in the first three months, and hopes to help even more schools in the coming months. It has already started to see the benefits the scheme has been having with schools.
“Our school is in a deprived area and it has always been our aim to provide a fantastic range of books to inspire our children to develop a love of reading. With BookLife’s amazing Match Funding offer we have been able to expand our resources to further achieve this goal.”
Julie Jones, Orchards C of E Primary School
The Match Funding scheme is open to all UK primary schools, large or small, and has no minimum or maximum limits or cap on the amount of orders any one school can place. This allows any school to ensure their budget is working efficiently to provide educational and fun books for pupils of all ages.
BookLife’s Match Funding scheme is running until 24 July 2018 and the company advises schools to make use of it while they can.
To find out more about Match Funding, go to booklife.co.uk or call 020 7649 9565. You can also access BookLife’s free teaching resources here.
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