Q. What is the selection criteria for titles in the classroom libraries at East?

​And what should I do if I disagree with a selected book?



We want students to be fluent and confident readers who enjoy reading and have been challenged and extended by their reading experiences. Teachers and librarians choose books to facilitate a reading program that:

-       * Expands students’ skills as a reader and writer

-       * Expands students’ understanding of their world and the world of others

-       * Ensures exposure to a diverse range of forms and genres of text

-       * Supports students to develop their particular interests

-       * Ensures exposure to a diverse range of forms and genres of text

-       * Ensures that students develop the skills to be "active" readers who can reflect critically on their reading experiences and transfer their learning to both their writing and future reading.


      Students keep a Reading Journal and are taught to think about what they've selected and to make a different choice if the book doesn't fit their values, their reading comfort, or their sensibilities. We believe this helps students to become independent thoughtful readers. We recognise there can be wide variances among students of the same age and grade in regards to what constitutes an appropriate book so we depend upon them to use the tools we have provided them to choose a "just right" book. We also encourage interaction between parents and students so that family values are understood and respected. However, because we provide a broad range of reading materials, occasionally a student will select a book that isn't appropriate so we ask that they inform their teacher and return it for a different title.


      UWCSEA has a procedure in place that enables parents to ask for a reconsideration of reading materials provided to students.


The first point of call is to speak to the Teacher. They will discuss the school's resource selection criteria with you and hopefully resolve any issues informally. Our policy is that we do not remove books from shelves until the entire review process is completed.

If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, please complete this form 

After the submission of the form is acted upon:
□ The resource will be removed from circulation pending the outcome of the review
□ The resource will be considered by a committee. The complainant will be told the names of the committee members.
□ A member of the management team will be notified of the outcome

  • Last Updated Nov 23, 2017
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