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Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society: Ilford, Essex, 23 February 2017

Our course Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society, run by Alec Williams, will be held at Redbridge Central Library, Ilford, Essex on 23 February 2017.  Aimed at primary and secondary school teachers, librarians and support staff it will examine the critical role the school library has in reflecting the culturally diverse society we live in.

The closing date is 9 February 2017. Bookings received by 26 January 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for non-members of the SLA working in schools that subscribe to Redbridge SLS), £150 (non-members of either group).  A second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) can do so for as little as £55 (SLA members), £65 (Redbridge SLS subscribers), £75 (non-members of either group). 

Key Audience: primary and secondary school teachers, librarians and support staff

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Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive: Witham, Essex, 7 February 2017

What does your LRC do already to promote Reading for Pleasure? How can it make reading infectious in your school/college?

Our course Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive, run by Angie Curan, will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, Witham, Essex on 7 February 2017.  This course will consider how to successfully prioritise and effectively manage Reading for Pleasure activities.  Delegates will consider maximising support for the activities they choose to offer so that they, and those who work alongside them, will not only survive but will celebrate and enjoy the impact that Reading for Pleasure is having in their school and on the life chances of the pupils.

The closing date is 24 January 2017. Bookings received by 12 January 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for non-members of the SLA who work in schools that subscribe to EES for Schools/Essex School Library Service), £150 (non-members of either group).  Further discounts are available for a 2nd person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual).  See SLA website for details.

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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Job Vacancies: Bellerive FCJ Catholic College, Liverpool - Librarian

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and creative librarian to lead the development and operation of our school library.

The main responsibilities will include:

  • Supervising pupils using the Library;

  • Promoting reading initiatives;

  • Acquisition, organisation and dissemination of resources in relation to pupil age and ability.

  • Creating a culture which promotes the importance of reading across all ages and ability ranges.

The successful candidate will be creative, confident and highly organised. Excellent verbal, literacy and written communication skills are essential.

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Salary £17,000 - £19,000 pro rota

Closing date: Monday 19th December 2016

Applications should be made by submission of a CV and covering letter emailed to cbrennan[at]bellerivefcj.org

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Vacancy in Switzerland

Haut-Lac is currently offering full time positions in the following areas:

School librarian,experienced, dynamic and innovative to take responsibility for the development, management and promotion of its infant and primary library.

The candidate should be Bilingual  English /French

Starting  date:  End of February 2017

Contract: full time (40hours / week, 8 weeks holiday per year)

Further details of the position click here

For more information on the school follow the links to School Profile,
Mission Statement, Bilingualism and www.haut-lac.ch

Applications to be submitted electronically to jobs@haut-lac.ch.

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£50k energy makeover for schools up for grabs

Top LogoBritish Gas with National Schools Partnership have launched Generation Green: Smarter Power – a new, innovative and free teacher’s resource and competition to help pupils aged 7-11 learn how new technology can help save energy. Competition prizes include a £50,000 school energy makeover and a trip to the Science Museum!

With Smarter Power pupils go on an energy saving adventure with Wilbur the penguin exploring fossil fuels, renewable energy and the importance of saving energy, and discover how smart meters – an exciting technology being installed in British homes by 2020 – can help families become more energy efficient.
Visit Generationgreen.co.uk to download the toolkit containing:

  • Lesson plan which covers key topics, including energy efficiency and sustainability
  • PowerPoint presentation for teachers to easily guide pupils through the lesson
  • Activity sheet exploring energy saving technology
  • Competition leaflet - challenging pupils to create a comic strip to show what they have learned about smart meters and saving energy.

Teachers who’ve had a sneak peek at the resource are excited to use them in class, “[Smart Power is] very engaging, of a high quality and will be appreciated by teachers and pupils because it is an important topic and relevant…Looking forward to using it.”
Competition entries close on Tuesday 12 January 2017.
Visit the Generation Green website to find out more.  For more information about Generation Green: Smart Power contact:Kaivai Andrews, Communications Manager, National Schools Partnership.

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IBBY UK Christmas card 2016

Ibby Xmas 2016This year’s  IBBY card is designed by Jane Ray taken from The Nutcracker (Hachette 2015) and illustrates the opening scene: “The Front Door was flung wide to welcome guests to the Ernst family Christmas party. Friends and relatives, young and old, all came, stamping the snow off their boots and greeting each other with hugs and laughter”.

Jane Ray has produced many stunningly illustrated books over the years and IBBY UK is delighted to be nominating her for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for 2018.  Cards are available for £6 per pack of ten (incl. p&p) and can be ordered online at: www.ibby.org.uk .
 

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Job Vacancies: St Thomas More Catholic Academy, Stoke-on-Trent - RESOURCE CO-ORDINATOR/LIBRARIAN

37 hours per week termtime + INSET Level 6 scp 21-25
£19,939-£22,434 pro-rata. Actual salary £17,360-£19,532
We are seeking to appoint a Learning Resource Coordinator/Librarian from January 2017. The successful candidate will have a passion for the development of literacy and working with young people. The successful candidate will work alongside colleagues from the English department in a superb learning space that is central to our school and instil a love of reading in students.

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An application pack including application form, person specification and job description can also be found at www.stmca.org.uk/job-vacancies. Please refer to Notes for Applicants and return completed forms either by post or email to jbeardmore[at]stmca.org.uk.

Closing date: Monday 12th December noon
Interviews: Thursday 15th December
All appointments made are subject to satisfactory references, DBS checking procedures and medical clearance.
STM Catholic Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. 

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