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Excelsior Award shortlist!

The 2018 shortlist is finally here - eight Christmas crackers!

The new shortlist for the Excelsior Award is now available for your perusal on the website - with an eclectic mix of fantastic reading material for ages 11-16.
Go and visit the website and please e-mail Paul Register back any feedback you may have - paulregister[at] This has probably been the most difficult shortlist Paul has ever had to put together so he really hopes that you and your students enjoy it and are excited about getting to grips with the books in January. 
Remember that registrationfor 2018 is still open and is still only £22.50.

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Changes at the SLA

This month is the start of a period of change here at SLA – lots of changes coming up in personnel.  But, it is at the end of December that we lose our longest serving Board member – Publications Co-ordinator Geoff Dubber.  Geoff has supported and encouraged the association over a good many years – 28 to be exact!  An amazing record! We are sorry to see him go, but know he will stay in touch with all his friends at SLA.  Good luck in your future projects Geoff, from all at SLA.

PS We are planning a presentation to Geoff at a future date – if you would like to contribute to a collection please contact the office.

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WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS anounces judging panel for 2018

Wicked Young WritersThe acclaimed WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS (, created and sponsored by the award-winning musical WICKED in association with the National Literacy Trust (, are delighted to announce that author, award-winning journalist and former Labour MP Ed Balls is returning to join on the judging panel, alongside acclaimed Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi and Editor-in-Chief of First News, Nicky Cox MBE. Author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell, returns as Head Judge for the fourth consecutive year, together with long-standing judges Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust and Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of WICKED.

WYWA Judges Announcement

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New Stonewall Report

Stonewall have published a new report on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people in Britain's schools in 2017.  The School Report is available to download from their website (and below). The results make disturbing reading with many supports and help not seeming to be available to those who need it.


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Job Vacancies: St Paulís School, London - Librarian

St Paul’s is a selective Independent Day School for boys aged 13-18, occupying a superb 45-acre site on the south bank of the Thames, west of Hammersmith Bridge. St Paul’s School excels academically at both A level and GCSE, with some of the highest national scores, but it is the work beyond the curriculum that excites both students and teachers alike.

Post vacant:  Librarian  commencing April 2018

The Kayton Library, overlooking the Thames, is the cornerstone of the redeveloped St Paul’s School. With views over the River Thames it is a civilised, calm and scholarly environment in which to pursue academic study.

Kayton Library information

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We are seeking to appoint a well-qualified professional Librarian to manage the day-to-day running of the library, ensuring that an effective resource and information service is provided to the entire school community. The successful candidate will have previous library management experience and be confident working with both pupils and academic staff.

Salary: c £35k per annum, pro rata of the full time equivalent of £44k

This is a term time only post (plus 4 weeks to be worked at the beginnings and ends of school terms)

JD Librarian

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Further details and an application form can be obtained from the School’s website: via the ‘Vacancies’ link.

The closing date for all applications is 9.00am on Thursday 14 December 2017. Interviews will take place on Monday 8 January 2018.

St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employer and the Disclosure and Barring Service. St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors are an equal opportunities employer.






St Paul’s School, Lonsdale Road, London SW13 9JT

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Job Vacancies: Ashcroft Technology Academy (ATA), London - Learning Resources Assistant

  • 36.5 hours per week for 40 weeks per year
  • Actual starting salary £18,100 inclusive of holiday pay
  • 2% Attendance Bonus
  • Occupational Pension
  • Fitness suite

With 1,300 students aged 11 – 18, Ashcroft Technology Academy (ATA) is seeking to appoint a Resources Assistant to join the Library and Learning Resources (LRC) team. The LRC provision at ATA enjoys a high profile status, is highly resourced and extremely well used.
The successful candidate will have an administrative background, experience of and an interest in working with young people. The post offers a busy learning environment, with a varied workload requiring flexibility and good organisational skills as well as competence in the use of computers. Library experience would be an advantage.
You will form part of a small and friendly team providing books and media material to students and staff. There will be desk duties using the automated library system (training will be given), administrative and office duties, preparation of new resources and the supervision and support of students.
Ashcroft Technology Academy:

  • is graded an Outstanding School (Ofsted 2015)
  • is a highly successful and six times over-subscribed school in south west London
  • has excellent student behaviour and attendance levels
  • provides high quality and well-resourced facilities
  • has an excellent track record of public examination results
  • offers considerable opportunities for training and career development
  • is close to the A3, to East Putney tube station and Putney main line for easy commuting

If you would like to be a part of this successful team, further details and an application form are available from our website or telephone us on 020 8812 3553. Or you can download an application form and further details here:


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You must complete the application form electronically and email it no later than 12 noon on Friday 15th December to recruitment[at] However, we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date where we find that there are a substantial number of applications and so we advise that applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

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Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award Shortlist:

Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award have just announced the shortlist for 2017- 2018:

  • The Dragon with a chocolate heart by Stephanie Burgis
  • Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard
  • Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith, illustrated by Erica Salcedo
  • Radio Boy by Christian O'Connell, illustrated by Rob Biddulph
  • Funny Kid for President by Matt Stanton

For further details please have a look at the award's website:


Children have until February half term 2018 to read and vote for their favourite before our ceremony with last year's winner – Chris Callaghan, on 6th March 2018.

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Tweet chat archive

This evening we held our first tweet chat and it was frantic, informative and fun! We thoroughly enjoyed chatting to everyone about books and libraries and there is an archive of the tweets here if you would like to read them , but be warned - your to be read list will inevitably grow! We will be holding another chat in early January, details to be advised soon.

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