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Scotland's school library strategy: advocacy and impact by Martina McChrystal

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Vibrant libraries, thriving schools: a national strategy for school libraries in Scotland 2018-2023 is Scotland’s school library strategy. By showcasing the impact an excellent school library service can deliver, the strategy is intended to be used to influence decision-making in respect of school library provision. Martina's presentation outlines about her involvement in the development of the strategy as Chair of the National School Library Strategy Advisory Group, the strategy’s role in advocacy, and its anticipated impact.

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Scotland's school library strategy: advocacy and impact by Martina McChrystal

  1. 1. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lisrival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2019 Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities Professor Hazel Hall Edinburgh Napier University RIVAL Network Event 1 – July 11th 2019 – Edinburgh Scotland’s school library strategy: advocacy and impact Martina McChrystal, University of Glasgow and Chair of the National School Library Strategy Advisory Group
  2. 2. Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023 First national School Library Strategy in the UK Published in Scotland September 2018
  3. 3. Background • Advocacy • Scottish Government Commitment • Advisory Group membership-school leaders • Research into current landscape
  4. 4. Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023
  5. 5. School librariesinScotland are essential to closingthe attainment gap inschools,supportall curriculumareas, are well-supportedbythe school managementteamand operate underasuccessful workingmodel. School librariesinScotland contribute to health literacy,social andmental wellbeing,andprovidea safe,trustedspace forchildrenandyoungpeopletobe nurtured. School librariesinScotland are a keyresource and are central to the implementationof Curriculumfor Excellence,developpupil skillsforthe worldof work,and encourage learningthatwillstaywithpupilsthroughout theirlives. School librariesinScotland use digital technologyto deliver highqualityandefficientdigitallearningexperiencesfor youngpeople,enablingaccesstoinformationandcreative opportunities. School librariesinScotland are central to education for all ages,developaculture of readingforpleasure,offerliteracy and numeracysupportfromEarlyLearningandChildcare (ELC) settingsthroughtoprimaryandsecondaryschools,andenable opportunitiesforfamilylearning. Vision Scotlandwill have vibrantschoollibrary servicesthatplaya central role in helpingchildrenandyoungpeople gain the knowledge,skillsandattributes neededforlearning,life andwork. Theywill provide anurturingspace to fosterwellbeingandcreativityacross the school community. Vision & Aims
  6. 6. Curriculum, Learner Journey & Developing the Young Workforce Body copy intro…. Body copy….
  7. 7. Information, Digital Literacy & Digital Creativity Body copy intro…. Body copy….
  8. 8. Literacy, Numeracy & Family Learning Body copy intro…. Body copy….
  9. 9. Body copy intro…. Body copy…. Health and Wellbeing
  10. 10. Leadership, Standards & Working Models Body copy intro…. Body copy….
  11. 11. Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023 Strategy Implementation • Implementation Group chaired by Scottish Govt • Pupil voice panels • Further research-baseline provision in early years and primary settings
  12. 12. Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023 Strategy Implementation • School Library Hub on GLOW: EducationScotland model will provide resources, links to programmes, key network for school librarians
  13. 13. Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023 Strategy Impact How Good is our School HGIOS4 How good are we at ensuring the best possible outcomes for all our learners? Visionstatement: The school library contributes to raising attainment across the curriculum by supporting literacy and numeracy for all learners. Library staffencourage learners to be successful, confident, exercise responsibility and contribute to the life of the library and wider community. Library staff have effective systems in place to promote equity of success and achievement for children and young people. Library staff provide access to information and resources about learning and career aspirations as well as supporting learners’ journeys towards positive destinations.
  14. 14. Strategy Impact How Good is our School HGIOS4 Features of highly-effective practice: • Supporting attainmentin literacy and numeracy is a central feature of the library’s priorities for improvement. • The library provides access to materialsthat support young people in moving on to sustained positivedestinationson leavingschool. • Library staff provideyoung people with information and resources to help with decision- making about their learning pathwaysand future career aspirations. • The library supports young people to be fully engaged in their learning and to have a say in how they learn within the library environment. • The library is an inclusivespace. • Childrenand young people are applyingand increasing their achievementsthrough active participation intheir libraryand wider community.
  15. 15. Strategy Impact How Good is our School HGIOS4 Challenge questions: • How well is the library’s focus on literacy and numeracy contributing to raising attainmentacross the curriculum? • How well does the library’s work with partners contribute to positive outcomes for our young people? • How well do library staff recognise and value the personal achievements of learners? • How well are library staffremoving barriers to learning and ensuring equity for learners? • How well does the library utilise accreditation where appropriate, to recognise and celebrate achievement? • How well are library staffcapturing the impact of children and young people’s achievements on the library environment and wider community?
  16. 16. Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023

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