1. Space

1

There is little or no reserved place for the school library in the school. pupils have access to books in classrooms and/or the school library area but no mechanism is in place to manage or loan resources.

2

A physical space exists within the school that pupils and staff recognise as the school library and which offers access to learning and reading resources that can be borrowed and returned.

3

There is a well developed space in the school that houses the library. It provides an area to carry out a full range of activities which support the teaching of a modern curriculum and offers a variety of resources catering for most pupils' reading interests.

4

The school library is a flexible pupil-centred facility, designed to play a key role in the intellectual, educational, and cultural life of the school. pupils have access to a safe, instructional and technological space where individual curiosity, creativity and positive attitudes toward learning are encouraged and supported. pupils can explore diverse topics, even controversial topics, in privacy and safety with support if needed.

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FLEXIBILITY

1

There is no defined space for the school library or the library exists in an unsuitable location prohibiting the effective promotion of reading and supporting of teaching and learning (eg. too small a space).

2

The library space is not flexible and does not adapt well to the changes required for different teaching and learning needs. The area for pupils is not large enough with only limited places where children can research, collaborate or read/work alone.

3

The library offers a range of different spaces that can quickly and easily be adapted to suit different pupil needs and teaching and learning needs.

4

The library space can be adapted to suit a range of learning situations varying from quiet self study to highly collaborative group work. The library can transform and be used as a social space, open for cultural, professional and educational events for the school community (e.g. bookweek & author events, exhibitions, meetings).

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ENVIRONMENT

1

The library space does not feature attractive displays which offer an engaging backdrop to supporting literacy and learning. There are few comfortable seating or study areas for library pupils.

2

The are some display spaces but these are limited in scope and do not change very often. The library has some suitable library furniture to encourage study and research.

3

There is a regularly changing and engaging backdrop in the library such as themed book and artefact displays, displays of pupil work or reviews which provide a stimulus to learning. The library is generally perceived as a safe space/refuge (by some pupils) and there are areas of seating around the library for reading for pleasure and both independent and group work.

4

The library is a stimulating, changing environment where children and children feel listened to and are secure in their ability to discuss personal and sensitive aspects of their lives because they feel cared for and valued. Topics are discussed openly and displays are a starting point for discussion.

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A LIBRARY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1

There is no recognised, proceedure for managing resource circulation outside of basic manual processes.

2

A basic Library Management System (LMS) is in use for management of issue and returns and cataloguing stock. There is little or no evaluation or reporting on the impact of the LMS on reading or other learning outcomes.

3

The school library is a central hub with organised systems for accessing and managing information and resources. The systems are used to track a range of metrics that support ongoing improvement of service delivery and provide information to support literacy, teaching and learning across the curriculum.

4

The library produces reliable data to support an understanding of usage and impact. Data is sourced from the library management system and relevant assessment systems as well as from the school MIS (such as SEN, pupil premium, etc) to inform improvements and decision making regarding learner progress.