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Booktrust School Library packs still available

Over 3200 have signed up to receive Booktrust's free book packs so far but there are more available, the closing date for applying is the 22nd December . Full details are here http://tinyurl.com/ycuw4apm , mainstream and special schools are eligible to receive the free books, don't miss out on yours! 

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Our first tweet chat!

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On Monday 27th November between 7.30 - 8.30p.m. we are hosting our first tweet chat over on Twitter and you're all invited! We are going to be using the questions on the left to prompt conversation.The hashtag for the chat will be #ukslachat .  If you'd like to join in but are unsure how to our website content manager, Bev Humphrey, has prepared a how to sheet to help you, PDF below. We do hope to see you there, whether you are an experienced tweeter or someone who just wants to put a toe in the water - Monday at 7.30, Twitter is the place to be!

 

 

 

 

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Job Vacancies: Southern Academy Trust, Librarian (Maternity Cover)

Southern Academy Trust
is recruiting for –
Librarian (Maternity Cover)

Southern Academy Trust is a multi-academy trust with a bright future. We aim to provide our young people with enthusiastic, hardworking staff who will always have their best interests at heart. In return we offer a supportive environment that rewards ambition and achievement. We are a forward thinking organisation that strives to make the difference in our schools which currently include a secondary school with a boarding facility, along with three primary schools.

Salary £23,559 - £27,040 (actual salary per annum), 40 weeks pa (term time + 2 weeks), 37 hours per week.

This is a temporary contract to start from January 2018 to cover maternity leave. Experience is essential and a relevant qualification would be desirable. This position is to manage our Learning Resource Centre to support effective teaching and learning in the school. This role involves liaising with staff, students and other library users and supervising students who are not accompanied by a teacher. The successful candidate will be required to keep abreast of developments in the curriculum and new education initiatives, and promote the use of the Learning Resource Centre through means such as displays and events.

If you wish to discuss this post in advance of application please email hr[at]southernacademytrust.co.uk or call 01747 859245.

The closing date for this post is midnight on 5 December 2017.

For further details and to apply for this vacancy, visit www.shaftesburyschool.co.uk

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This trust 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 candidate will be required to have an enhanced DBS check in line with the government's safer recruitment guidelines.

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Job Vacancies: Stamford School Librarian, Full time, Term time

Stamford Endowed Schools
Lincolnshire
2-18: Day and Boarding
GSA/HMC

Stamford School Librarian
Full time - Term time

The Stamford Endowed Schools are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, passionate and experienced librarian to join the team at Stamford School. The successful candidate will be responsible for the full range of library duties including supporting the delivery of information and research skills using multi-media resources.

Experience of working with Library Management Systems software packages or other relevant experience is essential.

Further information and an application form may be obtained via the school website www.ses.lincs.sch.uk by emailing recruitment[at]ses.lincs.sch.uk or by telephoning the HR Office on 01780 484273/267.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

Interviews to be held week commencing 27th November 2017.

The Stamford Endowed Schools are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Help, I'm in Charge of the Secondary School Library!: Ilford, Essex, 30 January 2018

Our course Help, I'm in Charge of the Secondary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA on 30 January 2018.

An essential course for anyone new to running or managing a school library, delegates will consider the role of the library in the school, gain an overview about all aspects of managing the school library and learn about the processes and practical aspects of running it.  They will also have the opportunity to look at a range of resources for the Library.

The closing date is 15 January 2018. Bookings received by 4 January 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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Yorkshire and Humberside Branch: Branch Training

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!
 
The SLA Yorkshire and Humberside Branch are offering the following one day training event for secondary school library staff -
 
Independent Learning Projects: The Librarian's Role at St Peter’s School, York on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 (09.00 - 15.30)
 
Trainer: Sarah Pavey
 
Attendance fee: £90.00 (SLA member), £100.00 (non-SLA member). 50% reduction for a 2nd booking from the same school. 
 
Contact sla.yorksandhumber@gmail.com to reserve places
 
Course outline:
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is now established in many schools. How can the role of the librarian be adapted to offer support to their students, many of whom will not have had previous experience of independent research and extended academic style writing? This course will help you with practical ideas to support teaching and learning in delivering successful outcomes.
 
If you are already offering the EPQ in your school or are thinking about it, or if your school offers the new A Levels including the independent learning projects, this course will provide invaluable information and tools for effective support in the school library.

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Job Vacancies: Francis Holland School, Assistant Librarian

Francis Holland School
39 Graham Terrace
London
SW1W 8JF
Tel 020 7730 2971

ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN
Full-time, permanent position
Required from January 2018

Francis Holland School is looking to appoint an enthusiastic, passionate and experienced assistant librarian to join the current Librarian. The successful candidate will be responsible for the full range of library duties including supporting the delivery of information and research skills using multimedia resources. The library works across the full age range from reception to the upper sixth and enthusiasm for junior school activities such as storytelling, right through to sixth form research and information projects is vital.  Experience of working with Library Management Systems software packages or other relevant experience would be extremely beneficial.

Francis Holland Schools Trust has its own very generous salary scale and benefits.

Please see the attached information sheet and application form.  Completed applications should be emailed to jobs[at]fhs-sw1.org.uk.

Closing date: 10.00am on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

FHS Application Form

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FHS Assistant Librarian Information

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The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

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Boost group reading with BookTrust’s School Library Pack

BooktrustThe School Library pack is a set of 40 free books and is designed to promote a love of reading for pleasure amongst year 7-9 students. The books come in three categories- Future Classics, Non-Fiction and Reluctant Readers and schools get multiple copies and reading group guides for the Future Classics. This year the pack includes a fantastic selection of books for a range of interests and abilities and will really support school librarians or practitioners to engage students with books and make reading fun! You can find out more about the pack here- https://www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/practitioners/our-programmes/school-library-pack/mainstream-school-library-pack/

The Special School Library pack is a set of 10 free books and is for students with additional needs aged 11-14. With an exciting range of accessible books chosen by SEND specialists, the pack supports practitioners to engage all students with reading for pleasure no matter their reading needs, through fun and sociable activities. This year the pack includes poetry, graphic novels, illustrated fiction, dyslexia friendly fiction, books with audio CD rom, interactive books and puppet books. You can find out more about the pack here - https://www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/practitioners/our-programmes/school-library-pack/special-school-library-pack/

Sound good?  Make sure you’ve signed up to get yours!
Secondary schools in England are eligible for one free pack.  Register for yours here by the 22 December and get your pack delivered to your school in January 2018: https://secure.booktrust.org.uk/school-library-pack-search/ .
Packs are allocated on first-come first-served basis, so sign up soon to avoid missing out!  
 

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