Judging Success

Effective libraries must contribute to school improvement and pupils' learning.

Most schools will have their own templates for self evaluation and review. The library should be included within this process and contribute to the school review. Some of the measures used will be library specific, but others may draw on information gathered by colleagues to illustrate that the library and librarian has made a contribution to raising standards.  

Key questions

  • Who uses the library - and who doesn't?
  • What  is the library's contribution to raising standards ? How high are standards ?
  • How well are pupils' attitudes and values developed?
  • How effective is library-focused teaching and learning  in supporting the curriculum?
  • How well does the library meet pupils needs? Is it adequately resourced? How  well does it support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupil?
  • How well are pupils guided and supported when reading for enjoyment ?
  • How well is the library managed?
  • How well does the library contribute to teaching and supporting independent learning?

Primary School Library Self-Evaluation

These documents were developed to work alongside whole-school self-evaluation.  Although now archived by the DfE, they still provide tools and samples to work through.  

See also Information Management Associates website, who are the creators of this work.


Benchmark Checklist

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School has library and / or book corners in each classroom

 

 

 

 

School has current library policy

 

 

 

 

Library included in school development plan

 

 

 

 

Library has at least 10 books per pupil

 

 

 

 

School replaces at least 10% stock each year

 

 

 

 

There is a separate library budget

 

 

 

 

Stock is edited throughout the year

 

 

 

 

School uses nearest Schools Library Service

 

 

 

 

Library is strategically managed by a professional librarian

 

 

 

 

Library staffed by volunteer (s)

 

 

 

 

Library is staffed by paid adult

 

 

 

 

Team of children librarians are trained and help run the library

 

 

 

 

Library is accessible all day (i.e. not closed to individuals because of group work, music lessons etc)

 

 

 

 

Library is open before and after school

 

 

 

 

Library is attractive & welcoming

 

 

 

 

Shelving/ furniture is age appropriate

 

 

 

 

Books are displayed attractively to promote reading

 

 

 

 

Library guiding and signs are clear & simple 

 

 

 

 

Fiction is arranged in alphabetical order

 

 

 

 

Non- fiction is classified by the Dewey System

 

 

 

 

Library has a range of non book resources

 

 

 

 

Library has internet access for children in the library / adjacent space

 

 

 

 

Library issue and management system is computerised and networked around the school (i.e. every teaching area and for use on a white board)

 

 

 

 

Each class visits the library regularly for project work and there is a planned integrated programme of support for developing independent learning skills

 

 

 

 

Classes visit regularly to choose books for recreational reading 

 

 

 

 

Children can use the library independently

 

 

 

 

Reading for pleasure promoted in school

 

 

 

 

Children can borrow books from the library

 

 

 

 

Every child has a book on loan from the library

 

 

 

 

Book club or library club run on a regular basis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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