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Chapter 5 2015 Summer Reading Challenge

Chapter 5Chapter 5, the young adult reading community from Hodder and Stoughton, has just launched its 2015 Summer Reading Challenge. The idea is to challenge readers to pick a book for each category and read as many as possible over the summer holidays. They’d love to send some flyers out to schools to encourage pupils to join in. It is a case of  ‘while stocks last’, and has quite a tight deadline (6th July) so that they can get into schools in time for the end of term, for state schools at least.

Please submit your requests to be submitted here:

Librarians may also be interested in recieving the Chapter 5 newsletter, you can sign up to it here:

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Teaching Skills for School Library Staff: Bridgwater, Somerset, 18 November 2015

Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held at Resources for Learning, Parkway, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 4RL on 18 November 2015. The closing date is 4 November 2015. Bookings received by 21 October 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Limited places available - book now to avoid disappointment!

Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills

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Teaching Study and Research Skills Day

Birmingham University is offering a free course on Teaching Study and Research Skills on Thursday 9 July 2015. It is aimed at school/college staff who support Year 12 and 13 students. These may be teaching staff, support staff and/or librarians.

For more information or to book a FREE place and for an outline of the day go to:

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Job Vacancies: Writhlington School, Bath - Librarian

Salary £19,742 – £24,472 pro rata

Actual Salary £17,794.80 - £22,058.26

37 hours per week - term time plus 2 weeks

Are you passionate about encouraging children to read?

This is an exciting opportunity for a vibrant and creative person to promote reading in our school.  Central to the role is supporting students to improve levels of literacy through use of our school library.

Our ideal candidate:

  • will have inspirational plans to ensure the area becomes an educational, exciting and desirable place for students
  • will work closely with all teachers to promote the library as a valuable educational resource
  • will have a love of literature and an ability to engage with and inspire all young people
  • will be confident in working with small groups of students to improve reading
  • will be responsible for the administration, promotion and upkeep of library resources
  • will be pro-active in ensuring that the library resources meet the teaching and learning needs of the whole school community

You will be a self-starter with initiative, confidence and the ability to engage with young people in a positive manner.  Previous experience of working with young people is desirable.

You will be committed to your own personal development and be ready and able to take advantage of the training programmes offered at Writhlington School.
A full Job Description and application can be found on our website at:

or can be downloaded here:

Application Form Support_1112

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Closing date for applications:  16:00 on Monday 6 July 2015

Interviews will be held: Friday 10 July 2015 (References will be sought prior to interview)

Email:  info[at]

Tel:  01761 433581

Writhlington School, Radstock, Bath BA3 3NQ

Writhlington School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

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Job Vacancies: Roundhay School - Learning Resource Leader

Term time only + 15 days; 08.00 – 16.30

From October 2015

Pay scale: SO2

Governors are seeking to recruit an inspirational, dedicated and flexible Learning Resource Leader who is willing to go the 'extra mile' on behalf of students and staff, to join our 'outstanding' team. We are proud, as a truly comprehensive school reflecting the cosmopolitan make up of Leeds, to have been recognised by Ofsted as an 'outstanding school' which is 'all about its students' where 'staff ensure that each one, regardless of background or ability, is given every opportunity to shine'

As information, media and technology have undergone massive change it is vital our students are equipped with the skills of independent learning in order to become successful life long learners. Our Learning Resource Leader needs to be at the forefront of this vision and to continue to promote and develop this vision practically so that students from Reception to Year 13 adapt to new and relevant technologies capably and continue to love reading. In our third year of being an all-through school the opportunities for developing learning resources and information literacy are fantastic. Collaboration is key to success also, both with pupils, the community and staff. The Learning Resource Leader would be working with the Literacy Leader and the Assistant Headteacher: Learning & Teaching to promote whole school learning for the future, whilst continuing strong links with departments and year teams.

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative and hardworking Learning Resource Leader who shares our passion to improve all that we do.

Application Deadline:  9.00am on Wednesday 8th July 2015

For further details and an application pack please visit

or dowload here:

LRL Job Pack 2015 2

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Application Form Non Teaching Mar 14

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School Library Camp Manchester-Saturday, 11 July 2015

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
Saturday, 11 July 2015 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

School Librarycamp is a user generated unconference for people interested in school library services. At a librarycamp the participants lead the agenda – in fact, there isn’t an agenda until people make suggestions for what they’d like to talk about at the start of the day.

It’s free to attend and there are no keynotes speakers. It’s open to anyone with an interest in developing school library services whether you work, volunteer, teach, use, or are a parent/guardian of a user or not.

 Please bring a packed lunch or use one of a number of eateries are nearby. As at previous Library Camps, donations of baked goods for the group to share are most welcome (and particularly skilled bakers may be rewarded with a prize!)

 The event is free to all, supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, though donations to Book Aid International ( will be welcomed on the day.

 Any questions? Please contact Darren on dflynn[at]

Or go here for more information:

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School Library Camp Midlands-Saturday, 11 July 2015

Following last year's succesful event at Malvern we decamp to the University of Derby for School Library Camp - Midlands Saturday, 11 July 2015!

Library Camps are a user-generated unconference for people who work in, use, study or are just interested in libraries. There is no set agenda – instead attendees are invited to ‘pitch’ the sessions they want to be a part of. 

Tickets are available, for free, now!

School Library Camp is:

  • a user-generated unconference
  • open to anyone interested in school libraries
  • free to attend


  • Bring your own tea and coffee or use the on-site vending facilities
  • Bring your own lunch
  • Feel free to bring cake to share, it's a library camp after all

How to find us: Travel directions.

More travel, parking and public transport information coming soon.

Pitch your Ideas here: Session pitches. 

Getting Social: the hashtag for this event is #schoollibrarycampmidlands2015

Come join the conversation!

Do you have questions about School Library Camp - Midlands? Contact Sonja Bredgaard, Karin Carter and Carl Cross

More info and booking here:

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Job Vacancies: Libraries and Literacy Teacher Training Volunteer - Link Ethiopia

Link Ethiopia is a charity dedicated to changing lives in Ethiopia through education. We achieve this through projects tailored to the needs of schools and by building partnerships between UK and Ethiopian schools, which encourage young people to learn about each other and work together.

We are looking for volunteer teacher trainers and/or librarians to join our passionate team in Ethiopia. The placement is for 8 months from October 2015 to May 2016 with the possibility of a mid-year break. We will meet the cost of your return flight and accommodation while on placement.

This position would suit both newly-qualified and experienced teachers or librarians who are fluent in English.

You would be working under the guidance of our Project Manager as part of a small, friendly team. You will be responsible for training and mentoring in-service early grade English teachers and school librarians as part of our Libraries and Literacy project. As a teacher trainer, you will have the opportunity to improve the literacy and lives of thousands of children in this fast-developing country. You will see the impact of your work through regular monitoring and support visits to schools and improved literacy levels among young children.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are ideal for this role by noon on 31/07/2015 by the link provided or to rory[at]linkethiopia[dot]org.

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