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Events Calendar

7 February 2017

Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive.

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Angie Curran                                  Venue - EES for Schools/School Library Service, Witham, Essex

In the current context of changes in assessment in primary, secondary and sixth form education, it is abundantly clear to all those who teach that being able to read broadly and in depth is essential.  Set alongside the demands of employers and comparisons with other countries, schools, teachers and pupils are under a microscopic lens where higher and more effective levels of reading are not only demanded, but have taken on a significance and importance greater than ever before. 

The Learning Resource Centre is the nucleus from which you can spearhead programmes that excite young people and switch them on to reading for pleasure, thus expanding and deepening their capacity for reading and learning.   During this course delegates will explore ways to successfully prioritise and effectively manage Reading for Pleasure activities, and consider how they can maximise support for their chosen activities 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 its pupils.

7 February 2017

Teaching Skills for School Library Staff

SLA one day training course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Chris Powis                      Venue - UCL, Institute of Education, London

Developing new skills and adapting to new learning environments is essential for increasing levels of information literacy amongst library users.  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.

23 February 2017

Opening Doors: the School Library in a Culturally Diverse Society

 SLA one day training course for primary and secondary school library staff

Trainer – Alec Williams                      Venue – Redbridge SLS, Redbridge Central Library, Ilford

Whatever the political future holds, the UK is a culturally diverse country. This course examines a range of resources: to help with language learning; to provide self-identity; and to challenge perceptions.  It advocates creating a reading culture that attracts all students, will show delegates how to ensure their school library welcomes all students, and will explore the case for specific activities to attract those from ethnic minorities.  Finally, it looks briefly at information literacy: at successful practice in diverse schools, and at considerations for new language learners.

7 March 2017

Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure

SLA one day training course for primary school library staff

Trainer - Alec Williams                      Venue - EES for Schools/School Library Service, Witham, Essex

Pupils need to ‘listen to a wide range of stories’, but are they getting the most from the storytelling in your school?  This lively course will make sure that your stories both motivate pupils to read, and show them the pleasure they can get from it.  It will build confidence and give fresh inspiration for every teacher, covering picture books for all ages, plus easy-to-learn stories from memory, across the whole primary range.  There’ll be down-to-earth advice from an internationally-experienced storyteller (choosing stories that work; making stories interactive; holding children’s interest; dealing with interruptions), along with sure-fire book recommendations for hard-pressed teachers.  You’ll get chance to practice in a non-threatening environment (no video cameras!), see displays of brilliant new stories to read, hear great recommendations from both trainer and delegates, and receive handouts packed with more ideas and information.  An entertaining day that will give everyone’s storytelling a lift!

8 March 2017

Teaching Skills for School Library Staff

SLA one day training course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Chris Powis                      Venue - Derbyshire and Derby School Library Service

Developing new skills and adapting to new learning environments is essential for increasing levels of information literacy amongst library users.  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.


9 March 2017

Great Library .... but where are the children?

SLA one day training course for primary and secondary school library staff

Trainer – Susan Staniforth                           Venue – Howard of Effingham School, Surrey

Has your library got lively décor, funky furniture, brilliant books…but no children?  Are you stuck for ideas on how to enthuse the children about the school library?  Do staff and pupils know how to use the library and are they aware of the resources available?  This course is aimed at anyone wishing to promote their library and 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 including 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.  They will leave with a wealth of ideas to put into practice and raise the profile of their school library.

15 March 2017

Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the Library's critical place

SLA one day training course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Angie Curran                      Venue - Entrust HQ, Stafford

This course takes a close look at the position that secondary schools, sixth form and FE colleges have found themselves in since reading levels as identified under APP (Assessment for Pupil Progress) are no longer acceptable to Ofsted.  Schools must show progress between KS2 and the new GCSE English & English Literature as well as demonstrating they are building pupils’ capacity for reading in KS3.  Colleges must become successful in enabling students to gain grade C and above in GCSE English Language.  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.

21 March 2017

Great Library .... but where are the children?

SLA one day training course for primary and secondary school library staff

Trainer – Susan Staniforth                           Venue – Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Penrith, Cumbria

Has your library got lively décor, funky furniture, brilliant books…but no children?  Are you stuck for ideas on how to enthuse the children about the school library?  Do staff and pupils know how to use the library and are they aware of the resources available?  This course is aimed at anyone wishing to promote their library and 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 including 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.  They will leave with a wealth of ideas to put into practice and raise the profile of their school library.

22 March 2017

Work Smarter and Shine

SLA one day training course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Sarah Pavey                      Venue - Warwickshire Schools Library Service, Warwick

 

School librarianship can be a fantastically rewarding job as we can help young people turn their aspirations into reality. As school librarians we need to be able to multitask and work efficiently – time management and self-management are crucial to our effectiveness and the outcomes we strive to achieve for our students. This course will help you:

  • to streamline development plans for your library taking into account both operational and strategic approaches
  • to structure a job description that is achievable and realistic
  • to manage your personal time
  • to understand teenage behaviour issues
  • to develop assertive responses for effective communication with all in the school community.

This course is aimed at anyone working in a secondary school library who wants to see how they could work more effectively in their role in order to achieve more productive outcomes. The emphasis will be on practical exercises that can be used after the course in a workplace setting such as the use of SMART targets.

22 March 2017

Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Angie Curran                                  Venue - Shaftesbury School, Dorset

In the current context of changes in assessment in primary, secondary and sixth form education, it is abundantly clear to all those who teach that being able to read broadly and in depth is essential.  Set alongside the demands of employers and comparisons with other countries, schools, teachers and pupils are under a microscopic lens where higher and more effective levels of reading are not only demanded, but have taken on a significance and importance greater than ever before. 

The Learning Resource Centre is the nucleus from which you can spearhead programmes that excite young people and switch them on to reading for pleasure, thus expanding and deepening their capacity for reading and learning.   During this course delegates will explore ways to successfully prioritise and effectively manage Reading for Pleasure activities, and consider how they can maximise support for their chosen activities 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 its pupils.

28 March 2017

Help, I'm in Charge of the School Library!

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Susan Staniforth                 Venue - Longley Park Sixth Form College, Sheffield

Have you recently taken over responsibility for looking after the library but are not sure where to start? If so, this course is for you!  An essential course for anyone new to running or managing a 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 also have the opportunity to look at a range of resources for the Library.

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.

18 May 2017

There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Lin Smith                                  Venue - Gordano School, Bristol

Arm yourself with sufficient knowledge to become more involved in, or, to spearhead, an Information Literacy Programme in your school.  This is a course for librarians (or teachers) in secondary schools giving time to consider how library-based learning impacts on student progress by improving research skills across all Key Stages.

Delegates will explore the definition of Information Literacy and how it applies to 21st century learners. The course will cover the best kind of questioning and will identify core skills with citation, copyright, plagiarism and website evaluation being discussed.  Ideas for possible lessons will be explored and delegates will be encouraged to discuss and invent hypothetical lessons, including the use of games. It will include a brief look at free web-based software which can be used to enrich skills lessons keeping students engaged and interested. Participants will explore ways that these tools can be utilised irrespective of the ICT facilities in different schools.

13 June 2017

Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive.

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Angie Curran                                  Venue - Kidderminster Public Library, Worcestershire

In the current context of changes in assessment in primary, secondary and sixth form education, it is abundantly clear to all those who teach that being able to read broadly and in depth is essential.  Set alongside the demands of employers and comparisons with other countries, schools, teachers and pupils are under a microscopic lens where higher and more effective levels of reading are not only demanded, but have taken on a significance and importance greater than ever before. 

The Learning Resource Centre is the nucleus from which you can spearhead programmes that excite young people and switch them on to reading for pleasure, thus expanding and deepening their capacity for reading and learning.   During this course delegates will explore ways to successfully prioritise and effectively manage Reading for Pleasure activities, and consider how they can maximise support for their chosen activities 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 its pupils.

15 June 2017

Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure

SLA one day training course for primary school teachers and support staff

Trainer - Alec Williams                      Venue - Cheshire Education Library Service, Winsford

Pupils need to ‘listen to a wide range of stories’, but are they getting the most from the storytelling in your school?  This lively course will make sure that your stories both motivate pupils to read, and show them the pleasure they can get from it.  It will build confidence and give fresh inspiration for every teacher, covering picture books for all ages, plus easy-to-learn stories from memory, across the whole primary range.  There’ll be down-to-earth advice from an internationally-experienced storyteller (choosing stories that work; making stories interactive; holding children’s interest; dealing with interruptions), along with sure-fire book recommendations for hard-pressed teachers.  You’ll get chance to practice in a non-threatening environment (no video cameras!), see displays of brilliant new stories to read, hear great recommendations from both trainer and delegates, and receive handouts packed with more ideas and information.  An entertaining day that will give everyone’s storytelling a lift!

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