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Oban High School has received a cash boost from a national funding programme designed to support creative and innovative projects within school libraries.
The School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) aims to support activities which meet key education priorities, including literacy development, information and digital learning and health and wellbeing.
The secondary school has been successful in securing £4,000 from the SLIF, which is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) on behalf of the Scottish Government. The project aims to improve reading for pleasure and attainment among pupils with literacy-related additional support needs.
Thirty-four school library projects across Scotland have received a combined total of £272,00 in this round of funding. A new funding round is set to open for applications on 10th January 2020, with £170,000 available for creative projects to enhance school library provision.
SLIF was launched in 2017 as a three-year £1 million fund to transform school libraries. All successful projects are assessed to meet the aims of Scotland’s national school library strategy, Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: ‘School libraries have a vital part to play in supporting literacy and improving attainment right across the curriculum.
‘We want libraries to be the vibrant hub of our schools and further investment of £272,000 through the School Library Improvement Fund will strengthen their role.
‘I am very pleased to see recipients focusing on not only literacy but health and wellbeing, STEM, and digital learning and engagement with their wider community.’
Pamela Tulloch, chief executive at SLIC, said: ‘School libraries have embraced the opportunity to develop new ways of engaging with pupils and the wider school community, enhancing the learning experience and attainment levels.
‘School libraries have a vital role to play in the education journey of pupils. Research shows a well-run school library can impact positively on attainment and attitudes to learning. School libraries have enjoyed increased support since the introduction of the national school library strategy and we hope this continues to deliver long-lasting and sustainable benefits.’
The successful bids and details of how to apply for the next funding round are available on the SLIC website www.scottishlibraries.org/funding