School children at Narborough Primary Academy enjoying the new selection of library books from the BookLife scheme with teaching assistant Rebecca More. Picture: Tony Jones

Pupils at Narborough Primary Academy are enjoying a selection of books thanks to a new scheme by King’s Lynn publishers BookLife.

The school has bolstered its library with lots of new titles after making use of BookLife’s Match Funding initiative.

For every pound a school spends with BookLife, the publishers will give the school another pound to spend on more books and resources.

Rebecca More, teaching assistant at the academy, said the new books had made a big difference to the children.

“The whole school is thrilled with the amount of books that we have now got in stock,” said Miss More.

“The Match Funding scheme will make a huge difference to the children’s learning.”

Miss More said two of the school’s year five children were so happy they had even written a letter of thanks to BookLife.

BookLife sources books from 30 UK publishers and has more than 3,000 titles in the scheme, covering all aspects of the school curriculum.

The publisher launched Match Funding after its own research found half of all UK schools spent less than a quarter of their recommended budget for replacing books – and one in five were not spending any money at all on new books.

Nick Ison, managing director of BookLife, said: “Not buying books can cause a drop in a child’s reading ability.

“Newer books provide children with relevant information and now touch on topics which you wouldn’t have found in schools five years ago.”