£15k library makeover up for grabs for Bradford primary schools

The Bradford Literacy Campaign and its partners are offering Bradford's primary schools the exciting chance to receive a brand new library free of charge, worth up to £15,000.

The Bradford Literacy Campaign has partnered with BookSpace and the School Library Association to offer Bradford’s primary schools the exciting chance to receive a brand new library free of charge, worth up to £15,000.

The aim of the project is to create a centre of excellence within a school where a reading culture can thrive which will form a basis of a blueprint for primary school reading spaces that will be shared with schools across the country.  So to be in with a chance of an exciting library makeover designed and installed by leading furniture company bookspaceforschool.co.uk, schools need to apply with their vision of how it will be used and show they are willing to undertake innovative approaches.

Additionally to the reading space, the successful school will be able to participate in a range of activities, access advice from the School Library Association and can benefit from staff training that will support in running and managing the space on an ongoing basis.

The National Literacy Trust is the charity behind the Bradford Literacy Campaign – an initiative which is working in partnership with Bradford Council and other local partners including Bradford Bulls, Bradford Museums & Libraries and Walker Books to raise awareness of the importance of literacy skills and extend the reach of literacy support in the district.

Imran Hafeez, the National Literacy Trust’s Bradford Hub Manager says: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Bradford’s primary schools. A space dedicated to books in a school is vital for supporting a culture of reading for enjoyment amongst pupils and I’m looking forward to seeing the results”.

Helen Thomas Managing Director at BookSpace says  “Through our work we have seen time after time how a new library can  help to raise the status of reading in schools and in turn how this has a positive impact on children’s reading. We’re delighted to be able to support this Reading Hub initiative and we look forward to sharing the good practice so schools across the country can learn from our work here in Bradford”.

Tricia Adams, Director of the School Library Association says ‘We are delighted to be involved in this project.  It is our passion to make sure children have access to good quality, innovative library spaces within schools - to support their reading and information needs.  We look forward to seeing the entries through the Bradford Literacy Campaign’

Schools need to apply by Friday 27 March.  Application form and terms and conditions can be found on the Bradford Literacy Campaign microsite here.


Published: 26/02/2015
Audience: All Primary Schools
Contact: Bradford Literacy Hub

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