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Events Calendar

3 October 2016

International School Library Day - British celebration

This  year we encourage all our members to celebrate International School Library Day on 3rd October 2016 in the UK, as part of the worldwide International School Library Month initiative by IASL. The theme for 2016 is:

Learn to decode your world

Resources developed for previous years' celebrations are still available to download. The SLA has a series of great posters, which are all free to download. Look also at the bookmarks and other resources to help librarians celebrate the day.

6 October 2016

Nicola Morgan Award winning author and professional speaker

Walsall Schools Library Support Service presents a professional development opportunity:

Nicola Morgan - award winning author and professional speaker on Thursday 6th October 1.30-3.30pm at Walsall School Library Support Service, Manor Farm Centre,King George Crescent, Rushall, Walsall, WS4 1EU. Contact 01922 652233 for more information and a booking form or email slss@walsall.gov.uk.

Session Details:

  • Reading and wellbeing
  • Readaxation in school
  • What reading does to the brain

Cost £85.00

Key Audience:  School librarians & teaching staff

8 October 2016

Library Camp in the Cotswolds

Taking place at Kingham Hill School, this is an unconference for anyone interested in libraries.

The schedule is created on the day, with no speakers or presentations, everyone is part of the conversation. A fantastic day to share and hear ideas, talk through challenges and meet lots of library folk!

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.

20 October 2016

CILIP in Scotland Autumn Gathering

Date: Thursday October 20th 10am-4.30pm

Venue: Glasgow City Hotel, Cambridge Street, G2 3HN

Book a place: https://cilips.formstack.com/forms/autumngathering2016

Programme so far:

  • Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust;
  • A whole strand dedicated to school libraries including an advocacy discussion and much more;
  • Dr Lauren Smith will present her research findings on Scottish school libraries and citizenship;
  • University of Aberdeen Librarian and Director Diane Bruxvoort discusses 'The library as a 'Third Place' and rethinking the library';
  • Scottish PEN offers a workshop on protecting privacy and the Investigatory Powers Bill;
  • An introduction to open data;
  • A session on libraries and coding from Coder in Residence at Glasgow Life, Martin Goodfellow;
  • A special Celtic connection session presenting a project from Northern Ireland;
  • Colm Linnane from City of Edinburgh Libraries discussing #artcore and library partnerships;
  • An information literacy workshop;
  • A presentation and workshop session on 'Bookbug' from Tracy Cooper, Early Years Programme Development Manager, Scottish Book Trust;
  • Case studies and discussion on the CILIP Leadership Project;
  • Honorary Membership presentations
  • Following the event all delegates are invited to our Literature and Libraries reception hosted by CILIPS President, Theresa Breslin, where authors, publishers and librarians can mingle informally over a glass of wine. The reception will also feature the launch of the Directory of Rare Books and Special Collections of UK and Ireland.

Costs: Earlybird rate for members (until September 10th): £60 plus VAT

Organisational members (until September 10th): £70 plus VAT (one earlybird rate per organisation)

Non- member rate: £95 plus VAT

21 October 2016

Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

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’.

This course is being run by Library Services to Schools, Plymouth. To reserve a place please telephone Plymouth LSS on 01752 780713 or email lss@plymouth.gov.uk. 

25 October 2016

BookTrust Time to Read Event- Blackpool

This November, BookTrust invites KS2 teachers and Literacy Coordinators to FREE events across the country to support reading for pleasure.

At the events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from children's book and literacy expert and lecturer, Prue Goodwin, on the importance of reading for pleasure in the KS2 classroom.

  • Try out and take away new activities and ideas for encouraging your students to read

  • Refresh your classroom reading list with suggestions of new books which will inspire all students.

Over the course of the afternoon, you will gain greater insight into the benefits of reading for pleasure; discuss initiatives to get students reading in the classroom and at home; and boost your confidence in choosing and using great new books.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 from 13:00 to 16:30 (BST)
Central Library - Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

3 November 2016

BookTrust Time to Read Event- Manchester

This November, BookTrust invites KS2 teachers and Literacy Coordinators to FREE events across the country to support reading for pleasure.

At the events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from children's book and literacy expert and lecturer, Prue Goodwin, on the importance of reading for pleasure in the KS2 classroom.

  • Try out and take away new activities and ideas for encouraging your students to read

  • Refresh your classroom reading list with suggestions of new books which will inspire all students.

Over the course of the afternoon, you will gain greater insight into the benefits of reading for pleasure; discuss initiatives to get students reading in the classroom and at home; and boost your confidence in choosing and using great new books.

Thursday, 3 November 2016 from 13:00 to 16:30 (GMT)
King's House Conference Centre - Manchester, M1 7HB

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

9 – 25 November 2016

Into Film Festival 2016

The Festival is the UK’s largest film and education event and it is free for teachers and young people aged 5-19 to attend.  This year’s Festival will take place from 9 – 25 November in over 500 venues across the UK.  

Event Summary & Benefits to Schools

This year around 450,000 young people and their educators will attend one of the 2,500+ free Festival events including:

  • A cinema screening programme of over 150 film choices
  • Industry expert Q&As
  • Career information sessions
  • Filmmaking workshops
  • Masterclasses
  • Special speaker sessions

What’s more, free education resources that support the delivery of the curriculum will be available to download to ensure each school’s experience is not only fun but provides learning outcomes too.

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.

10 November 2016

BookTrust Time to Read Event- Birmingham

This November, BookTrust invites KS2 teachers and Literacy Coordinators to FREE events across the country to support reading for pleasure.

At the events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from children's book and literacy expert and lecturer, Prue Goodwin, on the importance of reading for pleasure in the KS2 classroom.
  • Try out and take away new activities and ideas for encouraging your students to read
  • Refresh your classroom reading list with suggestions of new books which will inspire all students.

Over the course of the afternoon, you will gain greater insight into the benefits of reading for pleasure; discuss initiatives to get students reading in the classroom and at home; and boost your confidence in choosing and using great new books.
Library of Birmingham - Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2ND

11 November 2016

BookTrust Time to Read- Nottingham

This November, BookTrust invites KS2 teachers and Literacy Coordinators to FREE events across the country to support reading for pleasure.

At the events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from children's book and literacy expert and lecturer, Prue Goodwin, on the importance of reading for pleasure in the KS2 classroom.
  • Try out and take away new activities and ideas for encouraging your students to read
  • Refresh your classroom reading list with suggestions of new books which will inspire all students.

Over the course of the afternoon, you will gain greater insight into the benefits of reading for pleasure; discuss initiatives to get students reading in the classroom and at home; and boost your confidence in choosing and using great new books.
Waterstones - 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GR

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

15 November 2016

BookTrust Time to Read- Norwich

This November, BookTrust invites KS2 teachers and Literacy Coordinators to FREE events across the country to support reading for pleasure.

At the events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from children's book and literacy expert and lecturer, Prue Goodwin, on the importance of reading for pleasure in the KS2 classroom.
  • Try out and take away new activities and ideas for encouraging your students to read
  • Refresh your classroom reading list with suggestions of new books which will inspire all students.

Over the course of the afternoon, you will gain greater insight into the benefits of reading for pleasure; discuss initiatives to get students reading in the classroom and at home; and boost your confidence in choosing and using great new books.
The King's Centre - King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH

21 November 2016

BookTrust Time to Read Event- Bristol

This November, BookTrust invites KS2 teachers and Literacy Coordinators to FREE events across the country to support reading for pleasure.

At the events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from children's book and literacy expert and lecturer, Prue Goodwin, on the importance of reading for pleasure in the KS2 classroom.
  • Try out and take away new activities and ideas for encouraging your students to read
  • Refresh your classroom reading list with suggestions of new books which will inspire all students.

Over the course of the afternoon, you will gain greater insight into the benefits of reading for pleasure; discuss initiatives to get students reading in the classroom and at home; and boost your confidence in choosing and using great new books.
Junction 3 Library and Learning Centre - Baptist Mills Easton, Bristol, BS5 0FJMap

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.

28 November 2016

BookTrust Time to Read Event- London

*THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL*

Further registrations will be added to a waiting list and any cancelled places will be reallocated as quickly as possible.

This November, BookTrust invites KS2 teachers and Literacy Coordinators to FREE events across the country to support reading for pleasure.

At the events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from children's book and literacy expert and lecturer, Prue Goodwin, on the importance of reading for pleasure in the KS2 classroom.
  • Try out and take away new activities and ideas for encouraging your students to read
  • Refresh your classroom reading list with suggestions of new books which will inspire all students.

Over the course of the afternoon, you will gain greater insight into the benefits of reading for pleasure; discuss initiatives to get students reading in the classroom and at home; and boost your confidence in choosing and using great new books.
The British Library - 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

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.

30 November 2016

BookTrust Time to Read Event- Newcastle

This November, BookTrust invites KS2 teachers and Literacy Coordinators to FREE events across the country to support reading for pleasure.

At the events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from children's book and literacy expert and lecturer, Prue Goodwin, on the importance of reading for pleasure in the KS2 classroom.
  • Try out and take away new activities and ideas for encouraging your students to read
  • Refresh your classroom reading list with suggestions of new books which will inspire all students.

Over the course of the afternoon, you will gain greater insight into the benefits of reading for pleasure; discuss initiatives to get students reading in the classroom and at home; and boost your confidence in choosing and using great new books.
Newcastle City Library - Charles Avison Building 33 New Bridge St West, Newcastle, NE1 8AX

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

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.


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

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!