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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

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.

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.

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.