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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

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A scoping study of evidence needs in the information sector

CILIP is committed to adopting an evidence based approach to policy and practice across the information sector*. As a result, CILIP is now engaged in scoping out the requirements for the development of a sector-wide evidence-base/portal .CILIP wishes to consider the views of various stakeholders about their current evidence needs and what would be desirable in such a portal. Next year it aims to work with like-minded partners in the information sector to develop the portal.

As part of this activity CILIP has commissioned researchers at Birmingham City University and Manchester Metropolitan University to conduct a survey of stakeholders.

We would be extremely grateful if you could help out by taking part in this short survey.  The survey should take only 5-7 minutes to complete and your views would be most valuable. You can access the survey at: https://mmu.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/research-portal-survey

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah McNicol at s.mcnicol@mmu.ac.uk

*For the purposes of this survey, the ‘information and knowledge sector’ includes libraries, archives, records, information management, knowledge management and data science.

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Great Library .... but where is everyone?: South Croydon, Greater London, 28 November 2017

Our course Great Library .... but where is everyone?, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Old Palace of John Whitgift Preparatory School, Melville Avenue, South Croydon, Greater London, CR2 7YN on 28 November 2017.

This course will be invaluable for anyone working in a primary or secondary school who wishes to promote their school library and is looking for ways to engage with pupils and teaching staff to encourage them to use it. During the day delegates will be given straightforward, great ideas to organise and use in the library.  Topics covered will include looking at how the library supports the National Curriculum, Reading for Pleasure, library information skills to help children make better use of the resources, setting up and running a book club and planning special events.  Delegates will leave with a wealth of ideas to put into practice and raise the profile of their school library.

The closing date is 13 November. Bookings received by 31 October are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90.00 (SLA members), £150.00 (non-members).  Additional discounts available for a second place delegate attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - see SLA website for details.

Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school library staff

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Promoting Reading in the Digital Age: Stafford, Staffordshire, 28 November 2017

Our course Promoting Reading in the Digital Age, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Walton Room, Entrust, The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH on 28 November 2017.

This course focusses on ways to encourage reluctant readers, build reading stamina and make reading ‘cool’ by using exciting online resources and apps to create a buzz around books in your school. All resources shown are provided in a handout to keep, with great video content, fantastic display suggestions and motivating electronic ideas you can use to really get your pupils switched on to reading for pleasure. Advice on how to use ebooks, QR codes and take part in live author events included.

The closing date is 13 November. Bookings received by 31 October are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90.00 (SLA members), £120.00 (for non-members of the SLA who work in schools which subscribe to Staffordshire SLS), £150.00 (non-members of either group).  Additional discounts available for a second place delegate attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - see SLA website for details.

 

Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff

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School Librarian Nominations Open

SLYA LogoThe nomination process for the 2018 School Librarian of the Year Award is now open.

Please consider nominating a librarian in a primary or secondary school who demonstrates outstanding professional qualities and deserves to be recognised for the work that they do. Nominees do not need to be members of the SLA, and may be from any phase of education.

Nomination Forms are available to download and complete and Guidance Notes are available to help you prepare an effective nomination. The deadline for nominations is 19 January 2018.

Let's give our best school librarians the recognition they deserve!

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The Curiosity House competition

Curiosity House“Roll up! Roll up!" Fans of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events brace yourselves for an adventure of a lifetime in The Curiosity House series by Lauren Oliver and H C Chester. Witness the freaks, wonders and oddities at the Dime Museum. Tread the path of the four extraordinary children who live there...

Hodder are giving away 3 lucky winners the change to win a complete set of the series along with an activity pack. To enter, please email competitions[at]hodder.co.uk. If you don't hear back from Hodder within two weeks of the competition’s closure, sadly you haven’t won.

Closing date is 10th November.

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Job Vacancies: Bradfield College - Librarian

Full time, term time only

Required to start as soon as possible

We are seeking to appoint a forward-thinking, enthusiastic and dynamic professional to join our small library team. Reporting to the Head Librarian, you will be responsible for providing an excellent standard of customer service to our pupils and staff and the wider College community.
The role is to assist the Head Librarian in the furtherance of learning, research and reading of the College community. To help catalogue and process resources; assist the users of the library in a scholarly manner; supervise and assist the members of the College community using the library; supervise the library staff; and assist in events to promote library services within the College.

You will have strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as a positive approach to teamwork and the ability to work on your own in a proactive manner. Strong IT skills are required and experience of working within an educational library (in particular with the 13-18 age group) is desirable.

The work pattern will be over five days with some weekend working (Saturday mornings and Sundays) and occasional evening working (until 9.00pm)required.

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Free meal during the working day provided when College kitchens are open
  • Subsidised membership of the Sports Complex
  • Subsidised membership of the College Golf Club
  • Contributory Pension Scheme

All candidates are required to complete an application form.

Full details of the position and an application form are available on www.bradfieldcollege.org.uk/vacancies or from the HR Department, Bradfield College, Reading, Berkshire RG7 6AU • Tel. 0118 964 4546, or email: hr[at]bradfieldcollege.org.uk

Closing date: Friday 10 November 2017

 Bradfield College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening as part of their application. This includes submitting an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate prior to employment, registration of the DBS Update Service and checks with past employers.

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IBBY UK Conference and IBBY World Congress Bursaries

IBBY WebBooking is now open for the IBBY UK/NCRCL Conference which this year will take place at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Webber Street, London SE1 8QW on Saturday 11th November.
The title of the conference is Happily Ever After: The Evolution of Fairy Tales Across Time and Cultures.
Our keynote speaker is Professor Vanessa Joosen of the University of Antwerp. Other speakers include Jackie Morris and Beverley Naidoo and there will be a number of parallel sessions.
Cost to IBBY members is £70 including lunch.
CLPE is a slightly smaller venue than we usually have, so early booking is advisable.
Find more information and book at
https://ibbyconference2017.eventbrite.com

Bursaries for attendance at IBBY World Congress

Following IBBY UKs highly successful hosting of the 2012 World Congress in London, a bursary scheme was established to aid UK delegates to attend subsequent Congresses. IBBY members have been supported financially to attend the 2014 Congress in Mexico and the 2016 Congress in New Zealand and to share their own ideas and experiences in children’s literature and literacy with IBBY delegates from around the world.

In 2018, IBBY UK will again be supporting two of its members to attend the World Congress in Athens, Greece, 30 August  - 1 September 2018, where the theme is East meets West around Children’s Books and FairyTales: www.ibbycongressathens2018.com/

There are two bursaries available. On this occasion, one is for anyone working towards a degree in creative writing or illustration with a particular interest in writing or illustration for children; and the other is for anyone with an established interest in children’s books and literacy or the work of IBBY. We would particularly welcome applications from translators of children’s books since the Congress includes a section on translation.

It is intended that at least one bursary will go to an applicant aged under 35; and special consideration will be given to applicants who are intending to offer to give a paper or poster session at the Congress. These do not have to be academic papers but can be reports on ongoing projects (including writing and illustration) with relevance to the theme of the Congress.  Members of the IBBY UK Committee will be supported separately to attend the Congress.

Previous bursary holders are not eligible to apply but previously unsuccessful applicants are welcome to make new applications.  For more information about the bursaries and how to apply, please see the PDF below.
Applications must be received by November 30th 2017, but please note that the deadline for submitting a paper to the Congress is 31st October 2017.

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Sally Gardner author event

Kent SLA Branch would like to warmly invite members to a free event to be held at the Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover on Thursday 9th November between 5p.m. - 6.30p.m. Carnegie Award winning author Sally Gardner will be in conversation with librarian and Kent SLA Chair Stephen King, to discuss the challenges of dyslexia, her experience as an author and the novels she has written, in particular Maggot Moon which is now published in Dyslexie font. Refreshments will follow and the evening will end with a Q and A session from the audience. A selection of Sally's books will be on sale which she will be happy to sign. If you would like to attend please email Kent SLA Secretary, Ros Waltho: rw@queenelizabeths.kent.sch.uk . 

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Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader: Snodland, Kent, 21 November 2017

Our course Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at The Holmesdale School, Malling Road, Snodland,Kent ME6 5HS on 21 November 2017.

If you're looking for ways of getting your reluctant readers avidly devouring books this is the course for you.  The first part focusses on some facilities and resources that you are probably unaware of as well as giving you practical hints and tips from someone who has been there and definitely has the t shirt!  There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the programme.  Exciting attractive new books will be showcased in session two, both for struggling and more advanced readers with advice on reading medias that can be more motivating for some students. Session three will cover more general reading promotion, with an emphasis on (but not solely comprising) the use of technology to help your school to become a ‘reading school’.

The closing date is 6th November.  Bookings received by 24th October are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90.00 (SLA members), £150.00 (non-members).  Additional discounts available for a second place delegate attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - see SLA website for details.

Key Audience:  primary and secondary school staff

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Teaching Skills for School Library Staff: Bebington, Wirral, 16 November 2017

BOOK NOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE £15 EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT!

Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held at Wirral Grammar School for Girls, Heath Road, Bebington, Wirral CH63 3AF on 16 November 2017.

Delegates on this one-day participative course will build on current experiences of teaching information skills in libraries and learning centres.  Divided into five sessions, they will look firstly at the nature of teaching and learning before considering each step of the process – planning, delivering, assessing and receiving feedback.  Delegates will be involved with stimulating discussions and there will be the opportunity to share experiences so if you are working with young people, students, small groups of library users or staff this course will help you develop your skills as a teacher and trainer.

The closing date is 2 November 2017. Bookings received by 19 October 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates working in schools which subscribe to Wirral SLS), £150 (non-members of either group).  Further discounts available for a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - see SLA website for details. Payment is not needed to reserve a place.

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

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What's in it for me: Partnership offers

Wheelers ePlatformOne  

 

Wheelers Books are pleased to offer all SLA members free access to ePlatform One, a schools eBook and Audiobook solution. Schools will have instant access to over 1,100 eBooks and 500 Audiobooks, over £32,000 worth of popular, award winning fiction content. ePlatform is cost efficient for schools to afford, and convenient for students to access with simple annual memberships, no credits or publisher restrictions to factor in, and 24/7 access via your internet browser & the ePlatform mobile app downloadable to personal devices. There are collections specific to primary or secondary students, with collections designed to keep students engaged and excited and regularly updated with new releases, trending titles or user requests on demand.

 

Wheelers are offering all schools free trials so to experience ePlatform for yourself or for more information, please call James Richmond on 01242 801852, E-Mail on jamesr[at]eplatform.co – or take a look online at https://eplatform.co/uk/eplatform-one/ and sign up for a free demo.

 

 

 

European Schoolbooks Ltd

The SLA has partnered with European Schoolbooks Ltd to give you 10% discount on all European books bought through the European Bookshop website.  Books are available in many languages including French, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian.  Children's books, dictionaries, National Curriculum set texts, games, magazines and coursebooks are all available.  Simply click here or select 'School Library Association' on the Partners page at www.europeanbookshop.com

 

 

 

 

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Job Vacancies: Hendon School, London - Librarian

36 hours per week/ term time plus 2 weeks

Point 29-32

Actual Salary £24325 -£26534

The library is an essential resource within our school. We are looking for someone with energy, vision and drive to ensure that the library remains central to pupils’ extended learning experiences at Hendon School. Hendon is ambitious andoutstanding school that has been recently identified as one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in the country. Students not only achieve outstanding exam results but experience an exceptional community program. Many students have won local and national awards for their contributions to society.

We are seeking someone:

  •  Who should be suitably qualified with excellent ICT skills as well as fluency in speaking, reading and writing.

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Who will be responsible for:

  • Managing and monitoring the library and its facilities and service on a daily basis as a learning and literacy resource.
  • Contributing to pupils’ learning, working in close partnership with teaching and non-teaching staff and in line with the school’s teaching and learning and literacy policies.
  • Developing the library’s contribution to the whole school literacy programme.
  • Organising extended learning programmes/activities to promote a love of reading for information and pleasure.
  • Promoting the library and its resources both within the library and the whole school and externally, where relevant.
  • Keeping up to date with new publications, selecting and ordering new stock as well as classifying, cataloguing and indexing stock for all types of media.

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About the employer:

We value

  • Each person equally as an individual who is entitled to be treated with respect at all times.
  • The particular abilities, needs and hopes of all our school.
  • The social, ethnic and religious diversity of Hendon School.

Application forms are available from our website www.hendonschool.co.uk or can be downloaded below

NON TEACHING

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and once completed should be emailed to antonioum[at]hendonschool.co.uk.

We do not accept CVs

Closing date for applications is Noon on 31st October

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider applications from candidates who have the right to work in the UK.

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Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!: Worcester, 14 November 2017

Our course Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD on 14 November 2017.

Delegates on this courses will gain an overview about all aspects of managing a school library, consider the role of the library in the school, learn about the processes and practicalities of running a library and have the opportunity to look at a range of resources for use in their Library and classroom collections.

Topics covered will include creating an inspiring library environment, library organisation and maintenance (including an introduction to Dewey and the benefits of a range of Library Management systems), selecting and buying books, library promotion, budgeting and writing a library policy/development plan. Delegates will leave with the confidence to move the library forward and ensure it is used to maximum effect within their schools.

Places booked by the 31 October closing date are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90.00 (SLA members), £120.00 (for non-members of the SLA who work in schools which subscribe to Worcestershire SLS), £150.00 (non-members of either group).  Additional discounts available for a second place delegate attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - see SLA website for details.

Key Audience: Primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

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Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader: Witham, Essex, 14 November 2017

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 14 November 2017.

If you're looking for ways of getting your reluctant readers avidly devouring books this is the course for you.  The first part focusses on some facilities and resources that you are probably unaware of as well as giving you practical hints and tips from someone who has been there and definitely has the t shirt!  There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the programme.  Exciting attractive new books will be showcased in session two, both for struggling and more advanced readers with advice on reading medias that can be more motivating for some students. Session three will cover more general reading promotion, with an emphasis on (but not solely comprising) the use of technology to help your school to become a ‘reading school’.

The closing date is 31 October 2017. Bookings received by 17 October 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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The Big BBC Children in Need Spotacular with Lloyds Bank is back and bigger than ever!

Spotacular 2017This year thousands of and schools will be wearing spotty fancy dress, selling spotty cakes and taking part in sponsored spotty challenges, all to raise money to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Children will also participate in 2017’s exclusive fundraising challenge Pudsey’s Round Pound Countdown, collecting old round pound coins that go out of circulation on 15 October and seeing how many their nursery can get for BBC Children in Need.

The Big Spotacular has a host of new online resourcesfor this year, including advice to support SEND learning, posters and a Pudsey coin fill, as well as updated curriculum-linked lesson content. Participation in fundraising last year proved to have a positive impact on children’s teamwork, communication and confidence skills, so there are plenty of educational benefits.

Register for your FREE Spotacular Fundraising Kit, stuffed full of goodies Spotacular Maths Challengeincluding a flatpack money box, posters and stickers.

 

 

 

 

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Preparing the School Library for Inspection: Derby, 8 November 2017

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Preparing the School Library for Inspection, run by Anne Harding, will be held at Derbyshire & Derby School Library Service, Kedleston Road Training Centre, 184 Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GT on 8 November 2017.

During the day delegates will examine where libraries fit in the inspection process, identify inspection priorities, and explore practical ways to get the library and its impact noticed.

Expected learning outcomes

  • greater knowledge of the inspection process and what inspectors are looking for
  • strategies for raising the profile of the library before and during inspection
  • ideas for mapping library provision to key areas of inspection
  • more confidence about appropriate evidence to prepare and ways to present it
  • tips for highlighting key strengths and achievements
  • ideas for self-assessment, monitoring and evaluation
  • opportunities to share concerns and good practice
  • knowledge of key documents and their contents and other sources of guidance

The closing date is 20 October 2017. Bookings received by 13 October 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: A course for primary and secondary school librarians and others with responsibility for the school library.

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Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!: Penrith, Cumbria, 7 November 2017

Our course Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH on Tuesday 7 November 2017.

Delegates on this courses will gain an overview about all aspects of managing a school library, consider the role of the library in the school, learn about the processes and practicalities of running a library and have the opportunity to look at a range of resources for use in their Library and classroom collections.

Topics covered will include creating an inspiring library environment, library organisation and maintenance (including an introduction to Dewey and the benefits of a range of Library Management systems), selecting and buying books, library promotion, budgeting and writing a library policy/development plan. Delegates will leave with the confidence to move the library forward and ensure it is used to maximum effect within their schools.

The closing date is 18th October. Bookings received by 13th October are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90.00 (SLA members), £120.00 (for non-members of the SLA who work in schools which subscribe to Cumbria SLS), £150.00 (non-members of either group).  Additional discounts available for a second place delegate attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - see SLA website for details.

Key Audience: Primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

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Winner of SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2017

The SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is the School Library Association’s prestigious honour to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day, highlighting the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.

This year Lucas Maxwell at Glenthorne High School, London Borough of Sutton has been awarded the honour of the School Librarian of the Year 2017.
To read more about Lucas go to www.sla.org.uk/slya-2017.php

Multi-award-winning author and illustrator Chris Riddell, President of the SLA, presented him with the award at a special ceremony at The Hive, Worcester on Monday 9th October.

Lucas Maxwell
There is a sense of fun in Lucas’s library. From timed Lego competitions to interactive and engaging library lessons. Lucas adds a playfulness and light touch to the library that the students overwhelmingly respond to.  The contribution that the library makes to the school is felt well outside of its walls. Staff speak glowingly of how Lucas has enriched their teaching and enthused the whole school about reading for pleasure.  Tricia Adams, Director of the SLA, said: ‘‘Lucas is a worthy winner and shows that school libraries are successful champions of both books and technology.  His library is obviously fun to be in and his ‘Poem in my Pocket’ initiative and ‘Open Mic’ nights make the library a much loved centre in his school”

The two other school librarians on the Honour List are:
Mairéad Duggan – Mount Carmel Secondary School, Dublin and Shelagh Toonen – Elgin Academy, Moray
All three bring a passion and enthusiasm to their work that is thoroughly deserving of recognition by this award. To read the profiles of all the librarians on the Honour List visit the SLA website at: www.sla.org.uk

The work of all the librarians on the Honour List, including the overall winner of School Librarian of the Year 2017, was celebrated at a ceremony held on Monday 9th October 2017 at The Hive, Worcester.

 

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Job Vacancies: Stamford School Librarian: Full time-Term time

Stamford School Librarian
Full time - Term time

Salary £20,300 p.a. (actual)
Contract – Permanent
Hours – 37.5 hours per week
Working Weeks – 41
Location – Stamford, Lincolnshire

The Stamford Endowed Schools are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, passionate and experienced librarian to join the team at Stamford School. The successful candidate will be responsible for the full range of library duties including supporting the delivery of information and research skills using multi-media resources.

Experience of working with Library Management Systems software packages or other relevant experience is essential.

Further information and an application form may be obtained via the school website www.ses.lincs.sch.uk by emailing recruitment[at]ses.lincs.sch.uk or by telephoning the HR Office on 01780 484273/267.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 11th October 2017.
Interviews to be held week commencing 16th October 2017.

The Stamford Endowed Schools are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Stamford Endowed Schools, Lincolnshire
2-18: Day and Boarding
GSA/HMC

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Promoting Reading in the Digital Age: St Albans, Hertfordshire, 15 November 2017

Our course Promoting Reading in the Digital Age, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at St Albans Girls' School, Sandridgebury Lane, St Albans AL3 6DB on 15 November 2017. The closing date is 1 November 2017. Bookings received by 18 October 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

This course focusses on ways to encourage reluctant readers, build reading stamina and make reading ‘cool’ by using exciting online resources and apps to create a buzz around books in your school. All resources shown are provided in a handout to keep, with great video content, fantastic display suggestions and motivating electronic ideas you can use to really get your pupils switched on to reading for pleasure. Advice on how to use ebooks, QR codes and take part in live author events included.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff

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HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2018

HMDay 2018Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year, and is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.  On HMD we honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to work to end discrimination and prejudice; and pledge to help create a safer, better future.

THE 2018 THEME ‘THE POWER OF WORDS’
Each year HMD develops a theme.  The annual theme for HMD 2018 is The Power of Words, and it encourages people to think about how language has been used both in the past and in the present day, and the impact this can have, whether good or bad.

ORDER FREE ACTIVITY PACK
Please order a copy of our free activity pack which contains practical ideas for your event, a guide to this year’s theme, posters and other materials.  http://hmd.org.uk/content/order-or-download-activity-pack

DOWNLOAD LESSON & ASSEMBLY PLANS
Our resources for educators include a range of assemblies, lesson plans and activity templates for learners aged 7 to 18+. These are differentiated for varying abilities and SEN requirements, and are also suitable for informal learning groups, university students and adult learners.  http://hmd.org.uk/content/for-educators

POSTCARD PROJECT- SUITABLE FOR SCHOOLS & ANY HMD ACTIVITIES
The HMD 2018 Postcard Project is a simple and powerful activity.  You can choose to read and reflect on the life stories of either Renie Inow or Sedin Mustafić, before writing a postcard response to them.  If you send your completed postcards to the HMD offices,  you will receive a reponse from the individual you have written to. Postcards are available in packs of 30.  http://hmd.org.uk/education/hmd-2018-postcard-project
 

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Job Vacancies: Alperton Community School, London - Library Resource Manager

Salary range:                Scale 6 £25,250 – £26,816 Inc. London weighting per annum (Pro rata £21,787 - £23,138 Inc. London weighting per annum)

Contract:                      Permanent

Hours of work:            36 hours per week  

Working weeks:         39 weeks   

Location:                      Alperton, London

We are a large, mixed, 11-18 academy with over 300 students in our sixth form.  Due to our increased popularity as a school, we will expand our roll from 8 to 10 form entry in September 2017.  Alperton Community School is proud to be an inclusive comprehensive school with a student intake that reflects a wonderfully diverse and vibrant local community. Alperton is a popular shopping destination specialising in Asian food, fashion, music and is renowned for its cultural diversity and the remarkable Shri Sanatan Hindu Temple.   

Our most recent Ofsted rating in July 2016 recognised the school as Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management.  

The school achieved its best ever set of GCSE results in 2017. The percentage of students achieving five good GCSEs (Grade 4+/A*-C) including English and maths has increased by 22% over the last four years and now stands at 64%. In 2016 the school was ranked in the top 4% of schools nationally for student progress at GCSE (Progress 8 = +0.55), and ranked in the top 1% for maths and the top 9% for English. Progress 8 in 2017 was also +0.55.  Attainment is above national and Brent averages.  Student progress at academic subjects at A Level is very strong.   

We are very fortunate to have opened a new school building in January 2017.  The new building has 83 new classrooms with purpose-built specialist Drama, Music, Art and DT facilities, as well as 14 Science laboratories, 10 ICT rooms and a new MUGA.  Every classroom has state of the art ICT facilities

The Role

We are seeking to appoint a Library Resource Manager who will have overall responsibility for the efficient operation and management of two libraries on a day to day basis, reporting to and in liaison with the Designated Member of SLT. Relevant training will be provided.

Library Resource Manager - JD and PS

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The Person

You will have robust organisational and problem-solving skills and be self-motivated. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills for this important position within our School. You must have the ability to manage relationships both with staff, students and customers. You must have good working knowledge of ICT and have experience or understanding of using a library management system.

The Benefits

?     On-going extensive CPD programme

?     Childcare vouchers

?     Ride to work scheme

Closing Date: 10.00a.m 23 October 2017

Assessment/Interview:  week commencing 30 October 2017

To apply, please visit our vacancies page. Completed application forms may be emailed to; hr[at]alperton.brent.sch.uk.  

Supplementary Information

We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are an inclusive community school and encourage applications from all sections of the community. 

Successful candidate(s) will be required to undertake an Enhanced and Barred Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.
Only successful candidates will be notified.  If you do not hear from us within 14 days of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.


 

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School Library Association Inspiration Award 2017 - Winners!

The School Library Association Inspiration Award 2017 for primary schools has been awarded to Adderley Primary School, Birmingham. The judges were impressed with the immersion in books and reading children encountered, with a reading culture spread throughout the whole school. The library is within a wide corridor, central in the school. The walls are vibrant with book quotations and illustrations. Stairs lead off the library, depicting book spines. Lights illuminate shelves of titles attracting readers from 3 years to 11. Staffing the library, not only with a school librarian, but also a Reading Manager means children always have someone to consult about books.

The secondary school SLA Inspiration Award winners presented an impossible choice. So, in this exceptional year of excellent shortlisted schools, three schools are joint winners.

  • American School of Madrid
  • Headington School, Oxon
  • Hymers College, Hull

All these school libraries have responded to their individual needs with unique design.

The American School of Madrid offers a Makerspace without compromising the traditional library area for study and relaxation. The expanding space welcomes the user for one aspect of school life and answers questions you didn’t even know you needed answering.

Headington has an exceptional balance of books and IT, blending tradition with 21st century sustainable, green planning. Led by the professional librarian, this library was designed with outside the box thinking, expanding the traditional gym with a glass surround, working together in harmony.

Hymers College have taken Hull’s City of Culture vision and designed a beautiful building to welcome their wider community into a multi-use hub offering 21st century library facilities in an inspiring design putting the role of the Library and Librarian at the heart of teaching and learning.

The award celebration was held in Covent Garden on the afternoon of Monday 2nd October. The School Library Association Inspiration Award has been created to set future standards for the recognition of excellence in school library design. The award will be made biennially to the school library space that shows inspiration, innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in its library design and in use, either through creative use of specific products or promotions.
Gresswell www.gresswell.co.uk
 

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