A valuable service for the county’s children and young people will not be affected by proposed changes to library services in the county.
Library Services for Education (LSE) provides books, DVDs, advice and support and other services to many of the county’s schools. It is one of the county’s traded services, which schools can buy into.
Currently 145 (59%) of Gloucestershire’s 245 primary schools, 31(76%) of the 41 secondary schools and two (17%) of the 12 special schools are members of LSE. Other schools are not members of LSE, but use the services on a pay-as-you-use basis.
The services LSE provides include:
- Project boxes of books and other resources, such as DVDs and artefacts, to support the curriculum eg topic work on The Great Fire of London or Ancient Egypt
- Two mobile library visits a year or bulk loan of fiction and leisure (non curriculum) non-fiction
- INSET training course for teachers from early years to secondary
- Advice and support on running school libraries by qualified specialist librarians
- Assistance with book buying.
LSE also works with a range of other organisations that support children’s learning: family learning tutors; elective home education service; children’s centres and early years settings; pupil referral units; and the hospital education service.
The LSE supports public libraries in supplying non-fiction books to children. If a child can’t find a particular non-fiction book in their local library, the library can order it in (if available) from the LSE for the child.
Cllr Antonia Noble, Cabinet member for libraries, said: “Library Services for Education provides an excellent service to schools, children and young people. I hope families concerned about proposed changes to libraries around the county will feel reassured that there are still fantastic resources available in their school library.”
Issued by Sarah Wood Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425093