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Job Vacancies: South Hampstead High School - Librarian

Required for a January/February 2015 start

Full Time Salary £30,907 - £32,967 pro-rated to term-time only

36 hours per week, 10am - 6pm [excluding breaks]

Term-time only (2 weeks to be worked during school holidays)

SHHS seeks to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and creative qualified Librarian to lead the operation of the School’s Library services, in conjunction with the current post-holder.  Responsibilities include effective management of the Library Management System, library website, promoting literacy initiatives and supervising pupils.   

The successful candidate will be confident, highly organised and passionate about the role.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required as is experience in all aspects of ICT including MS Office, Library database management and the internet.

The appointment will be conditional on receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and the person appointed will be required to work in accordance with the Child Protection Policy.

Application forms and a fuller job description may be obtained from the school website – http://www.shhs.gdst.net/506/about-us/working-with-us/support-staff-vacancies/

Closing date for applications is 1st December 2014.

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Guiness World Record Attempt 2015

NLD 2015In the build up to National Libraries Day on February 7th 2015 Barbara Band is planning to co-ordinate a new World Record attempt - here are a few early details.

  • The record is going to be "The most books exchanged in 8 hours (at multiple venues)" - the current record is 2868 books (although this was done at one location).
  • It is being held on Friday 6th February from 8am to 4pm.  Some of you may want to involve staff and parents in this so you can run the book swap alongside a coffee morning.
  • Ideas of things to do will be available when more publicising is done later, but you can basically make it as large or small as you want. You can run it for the whole 8 hours (which covers before and after the school day), breaktimes, in an English lesson, etc. This event is also more inclusive than the other GWR as younger children can participate whereas before they needed to be old enough to write the story within the timeframe - so Barbara is hoping that we will get students of all ages bringing in books to swap from board books to sixth formers.
  • This is going to be open to any UK school, as with the previous record it is for "UK school librarians and their students".
  • The guidelines will be confirmed as soon as they are available.

Last time there were over 70 schools and over 3000 students participating ... let's make it bigger and better in 2015!  Please direct any queries to Barbara.
 

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Yorkshire and Humberside Branch: EPQ Course

Don't delay, book today!

Places are still available on the Supporting the Extended Project Qualification training day which is taking place at Leeds Art Gallery on 1st December.  Trainer - Sarah Pavey. 

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Job Vacancies: Leweston School, Dorset - Librarian

 

Leweston School is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Librarian to manage the main school Library and to oversee the running of our Junior Department Library.  The successful applicant will provide a stimulating environment that effectively contributes to delivery of the curriculum and supports pupils in developing study and research skills, making use of appropriate learning resources.

For further information and to request an application pack please contact:

Sue Risborough

Leweston School,

Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6EN

Tel: 01963 211016

Email: hr[at]leweston.dorset.sch.uk
www.leweston.co.uk

Closing date for Applications: Monday 1 December 2014

Interviews: Friday 5 December 2014

Leweston is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required.

A Catholic Foundation which welcomes pupils of all Denominations

Leweston is a registered charity number 295175.

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Job Vacancies: Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre - Learning Resource Centre Manager

Grade 3/4 £18,638 - £26,539

Required as soon as possible

Full time, 36.5 hours per week

Small Heath School is a highly successful split site, inner city school.  We have been judged outstanding by OFSTED on four consecutive occasions and we achieved an outstanding outcome in 2014.  Our two school sites each contain a resource centre which are home to our study and homework clubs.  Both resource centres include high quality multimedia facilities and a laptop loan service operates for students.  We are seeking a person with good ICT skills and passion for working with students and staff to continue to raise standards of reading and literacy and to contribute to our whole school focus on learning.  There will be opportunities to contribute to our out of hours learning programme 

If you are interested then:

  • please come and visit us or
  • telephone Mrs Frances Wilson, Deputy Headteacher for an informal discussion or:
  • visit our website www.smallheathschool.org.uk for further details and an application form.

“Leaders, teachers and parents expect every student to achieve highly. …Students get the support and help they need to make excellent progress”  Ofsted 2014

Closing date: Midday on 5th December 2014 -Previous applicants need not apply.

Small Heath School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure.               

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Job Vacancies: St Albans School - Librarian

Required for the start Summer Term 2015

Full Time Salary £32,000 - £33,000 pro-rated for 38 weeks annually

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative qualified Librarian to lead the operation of the School’s Library services.  This key role proactively assists both staff and pupils with the effective use of a diverse set of library information resources in addition to continuously developing the resources available.  Responsibilities include effective management of the Library Management System, promoting literacy initiatives, supervising pupils, managing the Library team and Library budget.   

Essential requirements for this role are a degree or post graduate degree in librarianship/ information studies and Chartership, or working towards Chartership, of the CILIP.  Strong previous experience ideally gained within a school/higher education environment will demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing learning, facilitating independent learning and encouraging reading for pleasure.

The successful candidate will be confident, self-motivated, highly organised and an experienced manager of people.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required as is experience in all aspects of ICT including MS Office, Library database management and the internet.

Hours are full time, 37 hours per week, for 38 weeks per academic year (term time plus up to 2 weeks during school holidays).  The appointment will be conditional on receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and the person appointed will be required to work in accordance with the School’s Policy for Child Protection.

Application forms, accompanied by a CV if desired, with a covering letter should be sent to the Headmaster’s PA, St Albans School, Abbey Gateway, St Albans, AL3 4HB or email jgalloway[at]st-albans.herts.sch.uk. Applications forms may be obtained from the St Albans School website www.st-albans.herts.sch.uk.

Closing date for applications is 28 November 2014. 

Interviews to be held week beginning 8 December 2014.

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Is IL the Cinderella of Skills in your School? THERE IS A BETTER WAY : Birmingham, 25 November 2014

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED

Our course Is IL the Cinderella of Skills in your School? THERE IS A BETTER WAY , run by Lin Smith, will be held at Peters Bookselling Services, 120 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RJ on 25 November 2014. The closing date has been extended to 17th November 2014.

Key Audience:

Secondary school librarians and library staff

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Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3: Warwickshire SLS, Warwick, 2 December 2014

Don't delay, book today!

Our course Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3, run by Alec Williams, will be held at Warwickshire SLS, Unit 11a/b Montague Road, Warwick CV34 5LT on 2 December 2014. The closing date is 18 November 2014.

Key Audience:

School Librarian and library staff; teachers with responsibility for EAL and Special Needs teaching; support staff in libraries and classrooms.

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