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.
Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.
PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!
Our course Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the library's critical place, run by Angie Curran, will be held at Entrust HQ, The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH on 15 March 2017.
This course takes a close look at the position that secondary schools, sixth form and FE colleges find themselves in now that reading levels (as identified under APP) are no longer acceptable to Ofsted. It will explore how this new demanding landscape makes the work of the school and college library critical to the success of the English department and whole school literacy: strategically creating opportunities, supporting and monitoring students’ progress in reading levels. Testimonials from previous sessions of the Reading Levels course include –
The closing date is 1 March 2017.
Key Audience: Secondary school library staff
We have a vacancy for a full-time, term-time Senior LRC Assistant to work in our Junior School Library to start as soon as possible.
The person we are looking for will be a team player with a passion for books and reading, preferably with previous school library experience, who is able to relate well to children in order to enthuse the Junior school girls to read for enjoyment and make our Junior School Library a stimulating learning environment.
The successful applicant should be flexible but efficient, well organised and able to work independently as well as part of the Library team. They should also be creative in looking for new initiatives to promote reading throughout the Junior School. The successful applicant will also work in the Senior School Learning Resources Centre as required.
This role is term-time only plus 5 days to be worked in the school holiday’s to be agreed with the Learning Resources Centre Manager.
Word document, 265 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)
An application form and information pack can also be downloaded from our website www.bedfordgirlsschool.co.uk/jobs or requested by email from hr[at]bedfordgirlsschool.co.uk.
Closing Date: 8th March 2017
Interview Date: 21st March 2017
The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. 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.
An email received in the office that might be just what you are looking for - an exchange visit!
Currently, I'm "professeur documentaliste", that is to say a school librarian and a teacher of information literacy, in Paris (France). I'm looking for a British school librarian who would be interested in a teacher professional visit program with the CIEP (the French equivalent of the British Council).
During two weeks, he/she will go to my school and work with me at the "CDI" (centre de documentation et d'information, i.e. the school library), to learn more about how the French education works and strengthen his/her French language skills. After that, I will be the one who will visit his/her school for a two-week stay.
To apply for next year, the application form has to be completed by March 26, 2017.
My school is the Collège Gérard Philipe. It is situated in the North of Paris. It's a secondary school with 350 students from 11 to 15.
As school librarian, I manage the resource centre and occasionally teach information literacy. I have a blog (fenetresur.wordpress.com) on which I share all my resource and lesson plans.
Such an international experience is a great opportunity to enrich our practises and personal skills for the benefit of our students.
If you are interested, please contact : cdigerardphilipe[at]gmail.com
To find out more about the teacher professional visit program, visit http://www.ciep.fr/en/mobility-programmes/teacher-professional-visits-programme (in English) or http://www.ciep.fr/mobilite/sejours-professionnels (in French, with more details).
Collège Gérard Philipe
8 rue des Amiraux, 75018 Paris
portail en ligne du CDI : http://0752195d.esidoc.fr
blog de mutualisation : http://fenetresur.wordpress.com
on Twitter : [at]fenetresur
Please contact Claire for further information.
Our course Help, I'm in Charge of the School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Longley Park Sixth Form College, Horninglow Road, Sheffield S5 6SG on 28 March 2017.
An essential course for anyone new to running or managing a secondary school library, delegates will consider the role of the library in the school, gain an overview about all aspects of managing the school library and learn about the processes and practical aspects of running it. They 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 14 March 2017. Bookings received by 28 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.
Key Audience: secondary school library staff
Picturehouse Cinemas are thrilled to be working with World Book Day and local bookshops to offer a series of amazing talks from some brilliant authors.
Expect some readings, some words of advice for any aspiring writers or illustrators, the chance for your students to ask some questions and a lot of fun! Tickets are just £2.50 per student.
To find out more and book your tickets, visit http://pheducation.wixsite.com/pheducation/wbd-authors-events.
This historic reference work for British coins is still the only catalogue to feature every major coin type from Celtic to the present day, arranged in chronological order and divided into metals under each reign, then into coinages, denominations and varieties. Under Elizabeth II the decimal issues are separated from the pre-decimal coinages, with all decimal coinage since 1968 listed in a separate volume.
The catalogue includes up-to-date values for every coin, a beginner’s guide to coin collecting, numismatic terms explained and historical information about each British coin, from our earliest (Celtic) coins, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Norman coins, the coins of the Plantagenet Kings, the Houses of Lancaster and York, the Tudors and Stuarts, to the more modern Milled coinage, minted for the first time in 1561 during the reign of Elizabeth I.
From the earliest of times, coins have been used by states or monarchs to communicate with people; Coins of England is therefore not only a reference book for collectors, but a fascinating snapshot of British history, illuminating its economics, technology, art, politics and religion.
If your school would like a copy or copies (class sets) please contact email@example.com
Required for September 2017
Cheadle Hulme School is seeking to appoint a self-motivated and forward-thinking professional with experience of supporting learning resources or working in a library setting, to drive innovation and actively promote a modern learning environment in the Learning Resource Centre.The successful candidate will work term-time plus 4 weeks in school holidays, and the salary will be in the region of £30k-£35k per annum (pro-rata), dependent on experience.
Further information and an Application Form are obtainable from the School’s website (Why CHS/Current Vacancies). An Application Form is to be submitted to the Human Resources Department at the address below, by 9am on Monday 13 March 2017.
Email applications are welcome – humanresources[at]chschool.co.uk
Cheadle Hulme School, Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Cheshire. SK8 6EF
Telephone: 0161 488 3330
Cheadle Hulme School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All appointments will be checked by the Disclosure & Barring Service.
Cheadle Hulme School is an equal opportunities employer.
Registered Charity Number 1077017 for the education of children.
The Dragon seeks to appoint a Librarian, who has suitable qualifications or experience, and who is passionate and knowledgeable about books, to make a wide contribution to the life of this busy, exciting and successful school. The post is to cover a maternity leave from May 2017.
For further information and to apply, please refer to: http://www.latestvacancies.com/dragon-school/
Start Date: 2nd May
Closing date: Friday 3rd March although an appointment may be made before this date if an early applicant proves suitable.
The Dragon School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful applicant will be required to undertake a criminal record check via the DBS.
DISCOUNT DEADLINE DATE FAST APPROACHING!
Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held at Warwickshire Schools Library Service, Unit 11a/b Montague Road, Warwick CV34 5LT on 22 March 2017.
This course will help you to plan your work schedule, to structure a job description that is achievable and realistic, to manage your personal time, to understand teenage behaviour issues and to develop assertive responses for effective communication with all in the school community. Testimonials include –
The closing date is 8 March 2017. Bookings received by 22 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.
Key Audience: anyone working in a secondary school library who wants to see how they can work more effectively in their role in order to achieve more productive outcomes
BOOK BEFORE HALF TERM to qualify for a £15 discount on course fees!
Our course Great Library .... but where are the children?, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH on 21 March 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 7 March 2017. Bookings received by 21 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.
Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff
We are seeking to appoint to the following post:
37.5 hours per week, term time plus 5 days
Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
With ½ hour lunch break
Salary: Grade 6, Points 18–21
(£17,891 – £19,939 pro rata; actual salary £15,460 – £17,230)
Closing date for completed applications: 4:00pm on Monday 20 February 2017.
Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 27 February 2017.
“The Aspirations Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment”
Word document, 42 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later)
Word document, 65 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later)
PDF file, 141 kB (Requires Adobe Reader)
TASIS England seeks a well qualified, committed, and experienced Librarian for this position in the Middle School Library/Media Centre for students aged 10 to 14 years.
Duties include evaluation and selection of new materials and interacting with students on a daily basis to offer advice and information on the availability of the resources within the Library. A person who enjoys collaboration with adults and children as well as extensive knowledge of children's literature, library software, library cataloguing and the latest instructional technology is required. Master of Library and Information Science Degree or equivalent and previous experience is preferred.
There is a possibility of housing during term time only with House Master/Mistress duties for our boarding students with the main duties outlined below.
The House Master/Mistress (HM) is responsible to the Head of Boarding for the overall leadership and smooth running of the Boarding House, the supervision and guidance of the Deputy House Master/Mistress (DHM) and the Tutor Team and, above all, the safety and welfare of the students ensuring compliance with all of the National Minimum Standards that relate directly to Boarding. He/she is resident in the Boarding House for the academic year and helps to establish its character, whilst maintaining as much parity with other Boarding Houses in terms of facilities and numbers as is possible. It is important to prepare a handbook well before the start of the academic year, which will contain the code of conduct, House rules and, also, photos of the students who will still be in the House when new boarders arrive. The role involves working closely with other members of teaching staff across the school, as well as administration staff and the wider community of auxiliary staff that help with the establishment of a fair, productive and happy, social and working boarding environment. Ensuring that proactive measures, where possible, are taken to avoid any contravention of the rules is an essential element of the role. It is expected that the HM will be a member of faculty working a reduced timetable calculated according to the number of students in the Boarding House. Regular and appropriate training will be provided and, especially, a rigorous induction programme prior to taking up this position.
Closing date for application is Monday 13 March 2017.
The successful applicant must be available to take up this position on the 9th August 2017.
Experience and Qualifications: BA degree with a minimum of 2 years full time experience.
Applicants should send a completed application form with a covering letter addressed to Head of School explaining their motivation in applying for this role, and email it to employment[at]tasisengland.org
Due to the high levels of interest in working at TASIS we will only contact individuals who have been selected for Interview. If you do not hear within 5 working days of the closing date, you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
Remuneration: A competitive salary with attractive benefits will be offered based on experience, skills and knowledge.
The School is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
£15 OFF PLACES BOOKED BY 15 MARCH!
Our course Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the library's critical place, run by Angie Curran, will be held at Entrust HQ, The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH on 15 March 2017.
This course takes a close look at the position that secondary schools, sixth form and FE colleges find themselves in now that reading levels (as identified under APP) are no longer acceptable to Ofsted. It will explore how this new demanding landscape makes the work of the school and college library critical to the success of the English department and whole school literacy: strategically creating opportunities, supporting and monitoring students’ progress in reading levels.
The closing date is 1 March 2017. Bookings received by 15 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.
Key Audience: Secondary school library staff
Join the Ten Million Minutes Reading Challenge and have the chance of winning a brand new library or reading area for your school worth £10,000, courtesy of Peters!
National education charity Achievement for All is holding the country’s biggest one-week reading challenge, Ten Million Minutes, which is taking place 9-15 March 2017.
The competition is open to ALL primary schools in England and is completely free to take part. All schools have to do is register on the Achievement for All website https://afaeducation.org/get-involved/ten-million-minutes-reading-challenge/take-part/, and encourage their pupils to read for as many minutes as they can during the one-week competition. The school which reads for the highest average number of minutes read per pupil by the end of the week could win the prize.
There are also some fabulous runner-up prizes: three £250 vouchers to spend on primary resources with Oxford University Press, five bundles of Nu: notebooks and filing products courtesy of Nuco International Ltd and 20 sticker packs courtesy of The Sticker Factory.
Achievement for All is one of a coalition of charities leading the Read On. Get On. campaign to see every child reading well by the age of 11 by 2025. We hope the Ten Million Minutes challenge will encourage more children to read, and for longer, both at home and at school. Research shows just ten minutes a day makes a huge difference to a child’s progress. Children who read succeed!
Together let’s smash our target of Ten Million Minutes!
LEARNING RESOURCE OFFICER, Samuel Lister Academy
We are seeking to appoint an experienced Learning Resource Officer for our new bespoke Learning Resource Centre at Samuel Lister Academy. This post offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a candidate who has vision and drive to enable the Learning Resource Centre to meet the needs of students at the Academy.
Contract: Permanent, term time only
School: Samuel Lister Academy
Salary Grade: Scale 5 points 22 to 25 £20,456 to £22,434 pro rata
Closing Date: Tuesday 14 February 2017 – 12.00pm
We are looking for someone who:
• Has an excellent understanding of the Accelerated Reader programme
• Is able to support learning and teaching across the Academy
• Will lead and support out of hours activities
• Is able to support individual research and study
• Enjoys working with children and is interested and committed to meeting their individual needs
• Has experience of working in a learning resource or library environment
We can offer you:
• A brand new Learning Resource Centre as part of the Priority Schools Build Programme
• A dedicated and experienced staff team
• Enthusiastic children
• An opportunity to make a difference
• A positive and caring school environment
Please return application forms to: info[at]bradfordcollegeeducationtrust.co.uk
Interviews: Thursday 16 February 2017
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Word document, 217 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)
Word document, 83 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later)
ESMS JUNIOR SCHOOL
SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (Primary 4 to Primary 7)
We have a vacancy from Monday 13 March 2017 (or as soon as practical thereafter) for a permanent, full-time Librarian to work in the ‘Cromarty Library’ (Primary 4 to Primary 7), which is at the heart of the ESMS Junior School on the Queensferry Road site. The hours of work are from 8.15 am to 3.45 pm, Monday to Friday (with 45 minutes unpaid for lunch), a total of 33.75 hours per week, during term time only.
We are looking for someone with a love of books and reading, preferably with previous school library experience, who is able to relate well to children and adults alike and who can continue to enthuse the school community to read for enjoyment and make our Library a stimulating learning environment.
The successful applicant should have good IT skills and also be willing to embrace new technology. They should be flexible but efficient, well organised and able to work independently and take initiative as well as being able to work as part of a team. They should be creative in looking at new initiatives to promote reading throughout the Upper Junior School.
The salary will be in the range £15,129 to £16,176 per annum (Points E15-E18 on the ESMS Support Staff Salary scales), dependent on qualifications and experience.
Further information is available in the full Job Description:
Word document, 207 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later)
A letter of application addressed to Mr M R Kane, Headmaster, along with a current Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact details of two referees, should be sent by email to recruitment[at]esms.org.uk or by post to the HR Administrator, Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools, Ravelston, Edinburgh EH4 3NT.
The closing date is Thursday 16 February 2017.
Our photographic competition, SLARead80, is now closed for entries. We received wonderful photos of people enjoying reading and our judges have now got a very hard task ahead of them! Winners of the fantastic prizes will be announced on World Book Day so look out for an announcement next month. Thank you to everyone that joined in , we hope you enjoyed taking your photos (and that you enjoyed reading the books you pictured!) .
DISCOUNT DEADLINE DATE EXTENDED TO 9 FEBRUARY!!
The discount deadline for our Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society, in Ilford on 23rd February has been extended and will be applied to all bookings received by the closing date of 9th February.
Run by Alec Williams, this new course will explore ways of creating a reading culture that attracts all students and developing a library that welcomes them all.
The cost is just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates working in non-member schools which subscribe to Redbridge SLS), £150 (non members of either group). Colleagues attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) can do so for as litte as £55 (SLA members), £65 (SLS subscribers), £75 (non-members). The closing date is 9 February 2017.
Key Audience: teachers, librarians and support staff in both primary and secondary schools
Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5.45pm - Term-time only
Job share applications welcome
Salary dependent on experience
Situated in the heart of the College grounds, our Thinking Space provides an environment designed to foster and encourage both collaboration and independent work. This innovative learning facility is used by pupils of all ages and is intended to be a place where pupils want to learn. Inspired by the offices of creative companies, our Thinking Space is unlike a conventional library.
Word document, 344 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later)
If you are excited about the potential of new technologies and e-learning; passionate about helping pupils develop successful learning habits; and have the ability to inspire and support both pupils and teachers then this would be an excellent opportunity.
Closing date: Monday 20 February 10.00am. Interviews: week beginning Monday 27 February
Further details and an application form may be obtained from
Shiplake College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts at College are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure check
Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held at Derbyshire and Derby School Library Service, Kedleston Road Training Centre, Derby on 8 March 2017.
The aim of this course is to enable participants to understand theories of teaching and learning and to map these on to their own experience of teaching. They will be provided with strategies to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate their teaching activities.
The closing date is 22 February 2017. Bookings received by 8 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.
KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills
Winner of the Pupil Library Assistant Award, Victoria Langford, St Hilda's CE High School with her #schoollibrarian #schoollibrary #plaa17 #lovebooks #librariansofinstagram #libraries #kidsread #congratulations #teensread See More...