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Job Vacancies: Gable Hall School, Corringham, Essex - Qualified Librarian

(Fixed Term – 1 Year)

37 hours per week, term time, 1 training week + additional 2 weeks

(8.15 to 4.45 Monday to Thursday, 8.15 to 4.15 Friday) term time only  

Band 5 Pt 18- 26 £20,187 - £25,557 (pro rata)

Gable Hall School is seeking to appoint a Qualified Librarian.  This is a high profile role within the School requiring the highest professional standards and outstanding personal qualities.  The post is wide-ranging and the successful applicant will have the ability to lead and manage the Library provision whilst inspiring students in the use of the library facility.  This is a term time only position plus training days and an additional 2 weeks.

Candidates must have a degree or post-graduate qualification in library or information studies and Chartered status with CILIP would be preferred.  Applicants must also have professional experience of working within a Library with experience of using a range of online databases, resources and IT applications.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment.  An enhanced CRB will be required for this post together with at least 2 written references.

For further information, job description and an application form please contact the Personnel Office on 01375 400800 ext 166 or download a copy from the Gable Hall School website www.gablehall.com.

Closing date:        Friday 6 March 2015 noon

 Interviews:          Wednesday 11 March 2015

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Read for a million minutes

Million MinsLeading education charity Achievement for All and Peters Books & Furniture are asking primary school children across Bristol, Bath and Somerset to join together to read for a collective total of one million minutes in just two weeks.

It’s hoped the challenge will help promote a love of literacy and put reading right at the heart of each and every school day. With a powerful competitive element, and the opportunity to win a great prize for your school, the brains behind the One Million Minutes challenge are hoping children across the area will want to be involved.  Sign up on the website.
 

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E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library: Bridgwater, Somerset, 25 March 2015

DON'T DELAY, BOOK TODAY - AND BEAT THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library, run by Annike Dase, will be held at Resources for Learning, Parkway, Bridgwater, Somerset on 25 March 2015. The closing date is 11 March 2015. Bookings received by 25 February 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount making the cost of the full days training £95.00 (SLA members), £125.00 (for delegates who are not SLA members but work in Somerset Resources for Learning subscribing schools) and £155.00 (non-members of the SLA or Somerset RfL).  A colleague attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying adult) can do so for just £55.00 (SLA members), £65.00 (RfL subscribers), £75.00 (non-members).  Payment is not needed by the course date as long as an official order has been received. 

Key Audience: Secondary school library staff

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Crossing the Divide: Effective Induction and Transition Strategies for the Secondary School Library: Colchester, Essex, 17 March 2015

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Crossing the Divide: Effective Induction and Transition Strategies for the Secondary School Library, run by Geoff Dubber, will be held at Stanway School, Colchester on 17 March 2015. The closing date is 3 March 2015. Bookings received by 26 February 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount making the cost of the full days training £95.00 (SLA members), £125.00 (for delegates who are not SLA members but work in Essex SLS subscribing schools) and £155.00 (non-members of the SLA or Essex SLS).  A colleague attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying adult) can do so for just £55.00 (SLA members), £65.00 (SLS subscribers), £75.00 (non-members).  Payment is not needed by the course date as long as an official order has been received. 

Key Audience: Secondary school library staff

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New Resources for creative writing

What the DickensFrom Oliver Twist to A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens created some of literature’s most vivid, memorable and endearing characters. But you may not know that, as well as leaving the world an exceptional body of creative work for generations to enjoy, Charles Dickens also campaigned for appropriate copyright legislation to protect the work of authors.

What the Dickens? has been devised by teachers and developed in association with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society to celebrate the genius of Charles Dickens and to explore the issue of copyright. The exciting upper KS2 and KS3 English programme gives students an opportunity to learn more about the art of creative writing and the importance of copyright. It is supported by video insights from leading contemporary writers.

A fantastic online What the Dickens? Creative Writing Competition enables students to put their new skills into practice, with great prizes for students and their school. The students can use the pages of the digital book to make notes on characters, settings and themes as they complete each of the four lessons, submitting their entries at the end of the programme.

 

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World Book Day is coming!!

WorldbookdayWow - we've had a busy start to the year! Our website relaunched at the beginning of the month and it's absolutely packed with fabulous new resources including the World Book Day 2015 Teachers' Toolkit, The Big Book Off and 4 brand new videos in The Big Little Book Corner. See below for more on each of these.

This year's format for The Biggest Book Show on Earth is a series of Virtual Author Workshopsshort videos featuring authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Chris Riddell, David McKee and Holly Smale. Click here for more information and register to view them on-demand when they become available.

We've also teamed up with Guinness World Records to offer 3 lucky schools the chance to break a record on World Book Day! Find out more here.

Oh, and just in case it's not already in your diary, don't forget that World Book Day 2015 will take place on Thursday 5 March! Not long now...

The World Book Day team

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Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3: Poole, Dorset, 7 May 2015

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 St Aldhelm's Academy, Herbert Avenue, Poole, Dorset on 7 May 2015. The closing date is 23 April 2015. Bookings received by 9 April 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount making the cost £95 (SLA members), £155 (non-members). 

Key Audience: School Librarians and library staff; teachers with responsibility for EAL and Special Needs teaching; support staff in libraries and classrooms.

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New Facet Catalogue available!

Facet CoverThe new Facet catalogue is now available! Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. There are some excellent books on school libraries .

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