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Events Calendar

17 September 2016

Patron of Reading Conference

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Manchester on Saturday 17th September.

There's a great line up of speakers, including:
Saviour Pirotta (author)
Rob Smith (The Literacy Shed)
Marcus Alexander (author)
Marjorie Leithead (storyteller)
Miranda McKearney OBE (founder of The Reading Agency and Empathy Lab)
Marilyn Brocklehurst (Norfolk Children's Book Centre)
Gillian Ward (librarian)
Mandy Wilson (librarian)
Tim Redgrave (headteacher and founder)

More to be confirmed!

Tickets are available for only £25

22 September 2016

Children's Book Publishing - Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts, with talks from all sides of the industry, including Charlotte Eyre, Children's Editor at The Bookseller, Hilary Delamere, children's agent and many more.

Brick House Farm, Pot Kiln Lane, TN26 3HU High Halden

A return shuttle bus from Ashford station is available as part of your ticket to help those coming from London (St Pancras to Ashford is 38 minutes - please look at our website fatfoxbooks.com for more info on times of shuttle bus from 2 weeks before the event.) Parking is also available.

EARLY BIRD TICKET - £160 AVAILABLE UNTIL 15TH JULY (£189 NORMAL PRICE)

23 – 24 September 2016

Event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Mildred Taylor's classic children's novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Professor Michelle Martin, University of South Carolina
  • Dr Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges, University of Cambridge

Times: Friday 9.00-5.00, Saturday 9.00-3.00

The symposium will feature talks, discussion sessions and workshops.

Delegates can book either or both days. On the Saturday there will be more focus on educational issues.

Contact Sarah Hardstaff at sflh2@cam.ac.uk to find out more.

18 October 2016

Work Smarter and Shine

SLA one day training course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Sarah Pavey                      Venue - Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria

 

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.

7 November 2016

The Online Librarian

SLA one day course for primary and secondary school staff

Trainer: Bev Humphrey                       Venue: Heanor Gate Science College, Derbyshire

Using online media to enthuse students about reading and writing for pleasure is very powerful and can be done easily and cheaply..... as long as you have a 'road map' of sites to use! This course will act as an online sat nav, guiding you to resources and sites that you can use in your library.  You will learn about using exciting video media to use in encouraging young people to read for pleasure, discover uses for Pinterest in education and be given ideas for low cost projects to help you develop a whole school reading culture.

9 November 2016

Managing Your Primary School Library in Two Hours a Week

CPD OPPORTUNITY FROM ESSEX SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICE / EES for Schools

Venue: Aerozone, Stansted Airport, Essex                        Wednesday 9th November 2016 (09.00 – 12.00)

 

This course is designed to help teaching or support staff make the most of their time in the library. As well as library routines there will be a focus on library-based activities promoting reading and literacy.

Learn best practice for library routines and management including establishing procedures, editing your book collections, classifying, computerised library management systems, using and training library monitors/volunteers and ideas for library-based activities.

Non-subcribers to the SLS welcome                                                                                           

 

For more information (including course fees) and to book places, please visit the EES for Schools website – https://www.eescpdportal.org/essex-cpd – or email Sally.harrison@EESforschools.org

10 November 2016

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

SLA one day course for primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

Trainer - Susan Staniforth                                     Venue - Cheshire Education Library Service, Winsford

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 classroom collections as well as 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.

15 November 2016

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 - Epsom College, Surrey

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 November 2016

Norfolk Children's Book Centre Conference

5th 'Reading For Pleasure' conference on Tuesday 15th November 2016 at The Norwich Airport Holiday Inn.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Wayne Tennent - 'Understanding Reading Processes' Senior Lecturer, MA in Education, University of East London.
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce - 'How Reading Happens' Carnegie-winning Author of 'Millions', writer of London's Olympic Opening Ceremony.
  • Nicola Morgan - 'The Science of Reading for Pleasure' Award-winning Author of nearly a hundred fiction & non-fiction books, including 'Blame My Brain - The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed'.

Booking fees

£180 for the first delegate and £145 for extra delegates from the same school or organisation.
Student bookings - £95.

Check out the website for the full programme

22 November 2016

Managing Your Primary School Library in Two Hours a Week

CPD OPPORTUNITY FROM ESSEX SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVICE / EES for Schools

Venue: School Library Service, Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex                       

Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2016 (09.30 – 12.30)

 

This course is designed to help teaching or support staff make the most of their time in the library. As well as library routines there will be a focus on library-based activities promoting reading and literacy.

Learn best practice for library routines and management including establishing procedures, editing your book collections, classifying, computerised library management systems, using and training library monitors/volunteers and ideas for library-based activities.

Non-subcribers to the SLS welcome                                                                                           

 

For more information (including course fees) and to book places, please visit the EES for Schools website – https://www.eescpdportal.org/essex-cpd – or email Sally.harrison@EESforschools.org

22 November 2016

Work Smarter and Shine

SLA one day training course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Sarah Pavey                      Venue - Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning (SCIL), Taunton

 

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.

24 November 2016

Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

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

(This course is suitable for primary and secondary school staff, it is not necessary to be using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one of the sessions).

Trainer - Bev Humphrey                           Venue - Eccles Library, Greater Manchester

 

Encouraging young people to read for pleasure is naturally at the forefront of all of our minds but it’s not always an easy task. There are so many other attractive pass times open to our students that sometimes reading can seem a poor relation to computer games etc. You may already be using Acclerated Reader to ramp up the excitement but are you using it to your students’best advantage? Session one of the day will focus 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 their 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’.

 

Outcomes : Better knowledge and use of Accelerated Reader for users, updated information about books and genres and a toolkit of sites that you can use to bring reading into the digital world that your students already inhabit.

29 November 2016

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 - Hele's School, Plymouth

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.

29 November 2016

Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

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

(This course is suitable for primary and secondary school staff, it is not necessary to be using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one of the sessions).

Trainer - Bev Humphrey                           Venue - Walthamstow School for Girls, London

 

Encouraging young people to read for pleasure is naturally at the forefront of all of our minds but it’s not always an easy task. There are so many other attractive pass times open to our students that sometimes reading can seem a poor relation to computer games etc. You may already be using Acclerated Reader to ramp up the excitement but are you using it to your students’best advantage? Session one of the day will focus 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 their 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’.

 

Outcomes : Better knowledge and use of Accelerated Reader for users, updated information about books and genres and a toolkit of sites that you can use to bring reading into the digital world that your students already inhabit.

30 November 2016

The Online Librarian

SLA one day course for primary and secondary school staff

Trainer: Bev Humphrey                       Venue: The King’s School, Worcester

Using online media to enthuse students about reading and writing for pleasure is very powerful and can be done easily and cheaply..... as long as you have a 'road map' of sites to use! This course will act as an online sat nav, guiding you to resources and sites that you can use in your library.  You will learn about using exciting video media to use in encouraging young people to read for pleasure, discover uses for Pinterest in education and be given ideas for low cost projects to help you develop a whole school reading culture.

1 December 2016

Work Smarter and Shine

SLA one day training course for secondary school library staff

Trainer - Sarah Pavey                      Venue - EES for Schools/School Library Service, Witham, Essex

 

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.

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.

7 March 2017

Bring 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.


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.

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

Bring 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!