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Are low levels of book spending in primary schools jeopardizing the National Literacy Strategy?

Hurd, Steve; Dixon, Malcolm and Oldham, Joanna (2006). Are low levels of book spending in primary schools jeopardizing the National Literacy Strategy? Curriculum Journal, 17(1) pp. 73–88.

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When the National Literacy Strategy was introduced into English primary schools it aimed, among other things, to raise standards of reading and, in so doing, to improve children’s ability to use textual sources to enhance their wider learning and enjoyment. We propose that success in achieving these is likely to be affected by the way in which school resources are allocated between staffing and learning resources, in particular books and other text-based media. Consequently, this article investigates school policies towards book provision. Using evidence from inspections of 6150 primary schools, questionnaire returns from head teachers in 540 primary schools and individual interviews with primary teachers, we argue that book provision is a significant factor in the success of a literacy strategy. The findings also indicate, more widely, that appropriate decisions on the allocation of school resources are an important component of curriculum policy.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0958-5176
Keywords: National Literacy Strategy; reading; books; school resource allocation; primary school performance
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Education
Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 5430
Depositing User: Steve Hurd
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 16:13
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