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Job Vacancies: Leighton Park School - Resident Graduate ??" Library Services

From September 2016

Leighton Park School is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, dedicated and adaptable Graduate to work alongside our Library Team.  You will support the daily work, promotion and development of the Library and its services within the school, which includes the expansion of our digital resources.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with groups of students and to help deliver our Approaches to Learning curriculum.  You will work with the Library team to support teaching and learning within the school and to promote reading for pleasure.  The successful candidate will be a recent graduate who may aspire to a career in Librarianship or teaching. 

Resident Graduate Library Services Job Description May 2016

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Graduate Residents are appointed to support and enhance the educational experience offered at Leighton Park in keeping with the aims and ethos of the school. The role includes supporting the library together with pastoral and boarding duties and a contribution to the extra-curricular life of the school. It is hoped that at the end of your residency that you will have achieved positive results both personally and professionally and that you will have developed skills and experience of considerable value – particularly if you decide to continue your career in Librarianship or teaching.

Leighton Park School is set in over sixty acres of beautiful parkland near to the heart of Reading. Founded on Quaker values, Leighton Park offers a distinctive atmosphere where we aim to inspire and support each student to prepare for their future by reachingtheir potential academically and personally. We aim to appoint a candidate who will contribute and thrive in our vibrant community.

Leighton Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, therefore the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check as part of our recruitment process.

Closing date for this position is:                                 

Interviews will be held during week commencing:    

To apply, please complete the attached application form

Application_Form

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or download an application pack from our website and email it to apply[at]leightonpark.com.  If you require further information, please call HR on 0118 987 9600.

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Open Letter to Nicky Morgan MP

The School Library Association has supported everyone who works in school libraries for the last seventy nine years - and continues to do so.  SLA is keen to keep open communications with government to reiterate the importance of the support of trained librarians working in schools and school libraries to support students, teachers and the wider community.  To this end SLA has sent an open letter to the Secretary of State for Schools. 


The text of the open letter -

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Secretary of State for Education

House of Commons

London SW1A 0AA

23 May, 2016

Dear Minister,

School Libraries in the 21st Century

The School Library Association wants to highlight to you that the Libraries APPG report 'The Beating Heart of the School' (2014)[1] recommended that all children should have access to a school library. The Chair, Lord Tope, stated ‘If every school has a well-resourced, properly staffed, fit for purpose library that is a key part of their strategies it will make a huge contribution to young people’s educational attainment’.  That same report went on to recommend that Ofsted includes libraries in their inspections and the Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries. Two years on, and despite regular public comment and pressure, an ATL survey (2016)[2] shows more and more school libraries are closing.

The SLA urges the Minister not to let the valuable contribution that school libraries can make to the education of our children be cast aside when there is have a huge amount of literature showing just how much impact they can have when properly staffed and resourced.[3]

Yours sincerely

Tricia Adams

Director, School Library Association

tricia.adams[at]sla.org.uk

 


[1] Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group The Beating Heart of the School: Improving educational attainment through school libraries and librarians. CILIP 2014 http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/advocacy-campaigns-awards/advocacy-campaigns/libraries-all-party-parliamentary-group/beating accessed 19/5/16

[3] Robert Gordon University Impact of School Libraries on Learning Prof. D Williams et al. http://scottishlibraries.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SLIC_RGU_Impact_of_School_Libraries_2013_Small.pdf  accessed 19/5/16

 

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Downside School, Radstock -Library Assistant, Part-Time/Term Time Only - closing date tomorrow!

We are looking to appoint a part-time Library Assistant, who has experience in a similar educational setting or a bookshop, and who has a passion for libraries, archives and information services.

The successful candidate should have the ability to work with a wide range of materials including books, journals and the internet. You will undertake all duties in connection with the day-to-day operation of the Library which includes the issue and return of books, dealing with enquiries, associated clerical work and enforcing the Library Code of Conduct.

Downside is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11 to 18, and one of England’s oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools. The school is situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills, twelve miles south of the city of Bath.

Whilst we are looking for someone to start on the 1st September, you will ideally be available (part-time hours to be mutually agreed) for training in August, before the start of term.

It is essential that the appointed person is flexible, enthusiastic and willing to undertake a variety of tasks. The role involves being able to move and shelve a quantity of books, and also deal with book stock across our suite of libraries, some of which are on the first floor only accessible by stairs.

We can offer:

  • 14 hours per week. Hours of work are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 6-9pm, plus 7-9pm on a Wednesday.
  • salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications
  • Term time only position (34 weeks + 5 days for Inset / Training)
  • A supportive, skilled and innovative staff team.

Closing date for applications:  Wednesday 25th May 2016, by 12noon

Interviews to be carried out:  W/c 9th June 2016

To apply, please complete an application form and submit to recruitment[at]downside.co.uk., which can be downloaded from ‘Working With Us' on the School website: www.downside.co.uk. Please contact the recruitment email address if you require further information after reading the job description. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Downside 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 undergo an enhanced DBS checked. We are an equal opportunities employer. By car, we are within 40 minutes of Bristol, 30 minutes of Bath and 15 minutes of Wells.

Registered Charity Number: 1158507

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Job Vacancies: Newton Prep, London - PART TIME ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN

 (Term time only + five days)

SALARY £10,638 (actual pro rated annual salary)

Newton Prep is a non-denominational co-educational preparatory school with state-of-the-art facilities located in walking distance of Battersea Park and Queenstown Road B.R. Stns.

We are seeking to appoint a proactive Assistant Librarian to support the work of the School Librarian. Our library is a well-resourced hub of activity where our pupils are encouraged to develop a love and appreciation for reading.    The role involves working with teachers to support learning across the school (Nursery –Year 8),  encouraging pupils to develop their reading skills, organising displays events and assisting evens to promote the library and maintaining and operating the School’s library management system (Elipse).

We are keen to hear from applicants who have a passion for reading and literacy and possess excellent communication, administrative, organisational and ICT skills.  Previous experience of working in a library of bookshop would be an advantage but is not essential.

Assistant Librarian

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 Hours of work are ideally Monday to Friday 8.30-2.00pm term time only plus five additional days to be worked during school holidays. Staff benefits include free school meals, staff gym and contributory staff pension scheme

Newton Prep is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will therefore, be subject to child protection screening, including an Enhanced DBS check.

Full details of the post and an application form may be obtained on the school website www.newtonprepschool.co.uk or from The HR Assistant, Newton Prep, 149 Battersea Park Road London SW8 4BX.  Tel 0207 720 4091 Extn 255 or may be downloaded below:

Application Form Updated September 2015

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Applications by digital or printed form only to:-

                                                H.R. Assistant

                                                Newton Prep

                                                149 Battersea Park Road

                                                London SW8 4BX

                                                Email: hrassistant[at]newtonprep.co.uk

                                                Tel: 0207 720 4091 Extn: 255

 

Closing date: 3.6.16                                                

Interviews week beginning 13.6.16

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Job Vacancies: Newton Prep, London - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

Term time only + 4 weeks

SALARY £27,268-£32,020 (actual pro rated annual salary)

Newton Prep is a non-denominational co-educational preparatory school with state-of-the-art facilities located in walking distance of Battersea Park and Queenstown Road B.R. Stns.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and proactive Librarian who has excellent knowledge of children’s literature and all aspects of managing a school library. Our library is a well-resourced hub of activity where our pupils are encouraged to develop a love and appreciation for reading.   The role involves working with teachers to support learning across the school (Nursery –Year 8), assisting with library lessons, encouraging pupils to develop their reading skills, arranging events to promote the library and maintaining a computerised Eclipse library system.

If you have previous experience of working in a library (ideally in an educational environment); have excellent communication; interpersonal; and organisational skills we would love to hear from you. Formal Librarian qualifications whilst desirable are not essential.  Hours of work are Monday to Friday 8.30-5.00pm term time only plus four additional weeks during school holidays. Staff benefits include free school meals, staff gym and contributory staff pension scheme

Newton Prep is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will therefore,

be subject to child protection screening, including an Enhanced DBS check.

Full details of the post and an application form may be obtained on the school website www.newtonprepschool.co.uk or from the HR Assistant, Newton Prep, 149 Battersea Park Road London SW8 4BX.  Tel 0207 720 4091 Extn 255 or may be downloaded below:

Application Form Updated September 2015

Word document, 187 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

 

Applications by digital or printed form only to:-

                                                H.R. Manager

                                                Newton Prep

                                                149 Battersea Park Road

                                                London SW8 4BX

                                                Email: hrmanager[at]newtonprep.co.uk

                                                Tel: 0207 720 4091 Extn: 255

Closing date: 6.6.16       

Interviews:  week beginning 16.6.16

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Imagine a World Without Words

BIC is launching a national creative writing competition asking secondary school pupils to imagine ‘what waking up in a world without words would be like?’BIC Graphic   Straight

Imagine waking up one day to find that everything is a little bit different. You get dressed, clean your teeth, eat a banana and leave the house, but as you do you realise that Mum’s usual morning note isn’t there. There’s a familiar white scrap of paper, but it’s blank. Then the phone vibrates. It’s a message from your friend saying they’ve received a load of birthday cards but none have been written in. Is this what a world without written words would be like?

#JustWrite day is an annual day to both reinvigorate Britain’s enthusiasm for writing and reintroduce the simple pleasure of putting pen to paper. The first #JustWrite day was held last year off the back of company research that highlighted tumbling interest in writing amongst teenagers, sparking concerns for the future of handwriting across Great Britain.  As part of its 2016 #Just Write  campaign BIC is asking teenagers across the country to imagine just this by launching a creative writing competition designed for secondary school pupils in the UK. How would you jot down simple notes for your parents and siblings, leave a meaningful birthday card for your friend, or fill out all of those boxes on your exam paper?

Partnering with writing and mentoring charity, Ministry of Stories, the power pen brand is giving schools the chance to win a creative writing workshop for their class with the highly regarded team at the charity, who work to help young people discover and realise their own creative potential. The winning entry, and two runners up, will be awarded with the accolade of becoming an ‘Assistant Features Editor’ and ‘Junior Assistant Features Editors’ respectively, and their entries will be published in the B.I.C., a unique, free title for teenagers published later this year.

The competition is open to students in years eight, nine and ten and all they need to do is conjure up some creative spirit to handwrite an answer to the question: ‘What would waking up in a world without words be like?’ in no more than 500 words.

Jonathan Skyrme, General Manager at BIC UK, said: “We can’t even begin to imagine how uninspiring a world without the written word would be, would life as we know it come to a grinding halt? We want teenagers to celebrate how beautiful the handwritten word is by putting pen to paper and creatively showcasing what might happen if all words disappeared. How would you create that personal touch? How would artists sign their work? The more creative people get – the better!”

Lucy Macnab, Co-Founder, Ministry of Stories, said: “We're delighted to be BIC's charity partner for this campaign. At the Ministry of Stories we champion the writer in every child, and #JustWrite day is a great opportunity to get young people writing creatively. BIC's support will help us provide the one to one support that makes a huge difference in increasing children's confidence, creativity and ability in writing.”

The creative writing competition closes on Monday 6th June. Ten other shortlisted finalists will also be selected to win an individual gift pack, courtesy of BIC and Ministry of Stories and winners are due to be announced on 14th July 2016. For more information, please visit http://ministryofstories.org/bic-creative-writing-competition/ or join in the conversation on Twitter @mybicpen.
 

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Job Vacancies: St Benedictís School, London - Senior School Head Librarian

Required for August 2016

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious and forward thinking Librarian to manage the daily operation of a vibrant, learning environment used by the whole school community.  Under the direction of the Deputy Head (Academic) the post holder will be expected to develop and encourage a high level of engagement with the library before, during and after school, managing the acquisition, organisation, dissemination and exploitation of resources appropriate to the learning needs of the full age and ability range with the school and in line with the school’s priorities.

JD SS Head Librarian April 2016

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Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Friday 10th June 2016

Interviews will take place w/c 13th June 2016 and if you have not heard from us then your application has been unsuccessful.

Please download an application form from the School’s website www.stbenedicts.org.uk or below:

SBS Application Form Updated Oct 2015

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Further details can be obtained from Mrs Melissa Dryden, Head of HR Direct Dial: 020 8862 2193 or

Email: hr[at]stbenedicts.org.uk

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects 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 employers, Prohibition and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Job Vacancies: Culcheth High School - Independent Learning Centre (Library) Manager

25 hours Mon-Fri, term time only

NJC grade 6 £21,530 - £24,472 pro-rata (pay award pending)

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, experienced and proactive ILC Manager who has excellent knowledge of student literature and a passion for books. Our ILC is a place where students are encouraged to develop a love and appreciation for reading. The role involves delivering ILC induction lessons, encouraging pupils to develop their reading and study skills, arranging ILC promotional events, maintaining a computerised library system and appropriate stock levels. The successful candidate will have excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills. Previous experience of working with high school age children or within a library environment is essential.

JD ILC Manager

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ILC Manager Person Specification

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Further details can be found in the recruitment pack available on our website www.culchethhigh.org.uk  and the following documents are available to download.

ILC Letter From Headteacher

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Culcheth High School Support Application Form

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The role is subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

Closing date 2 June 2016

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