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BookLife are helping schools across the UK

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Published by the KLFM News Team at 6:10am 14th January 2018. (Updated at 2:03pm 15th January 2018)

Schools are now under increasing pressure with very limited budgets.

BookLife in King's Lynn is here to help.

They've allocated £3 million to their new scheme, Match Funding, which will double UK schools budgets for library books. 

The idea is simple..for every pound a school spends with BookLife they will match it with a second pound.

They want to help UK schools as much as they can as budgets are slashed and pupil numbers are increasing. 

Only 53% of children will reach expected reading levels by the end of Key Stage 2. 

BookLife's own research has shown that around 70% of UK primary schools are only able to spend less than 30% of the recommended budget for library books.

We spoke to General Manager, Maxine, about the scheme:

"In the last 3 years, due to school budget cuts, we've seen the spending dramatically reduced in UK schools.

"We decided to allocate £3 million of our company budget in this financial year towards Match Funding, to help the UK schools increase their library and classroom resources."

Harriet Brundle, Head of Client Relations Team, told us why they decided to help out:

"We're hoping that it will enable school libraries to increase the amount of books that they have to offer the children exponentially.

"It will allow schools to take as little or as much money as they can possibly find, and double the amount of books they can offer children, and hopefully improve literacy standards."

Head to their website here to find out more about the scheme. 

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