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Events Calendar

7 February 2015

National Libraries Day

Saturday 7 February 2015 is National Libraries Day. It rounds off a week’s worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK.

Join in by organising an event, contributing to the forums, tweeting with the #NLD15 hashtag and visiting your local library.

11 February 2015

Tracking and Mapping: Proving the Impact of a School Library

Kidderminster Public Library, Worcestershire

SLA one day training course for secondary school librarians / library staff

11 February 2015

Encouraging and supporting reading - next steps, policy options and school library provision in England

Guests of Honour: Lord Tope, Chair, Libraries All-Party Parliamentary Group and Matt Walker, Lead, National Phonics Screening Check Evaluation, Department for Education and Research Manager, NFER

Seminar supported by Renaissance Learning.

Bringing together key policymakers and stakeholders, this seminar will focus on policies and practice designed to improve standards of literacy and encourage young people to read for pleasure. 

The seminar follows the release of a report by the Libraries All-Party Parliamentary Group, The Beating Heart of the School, which called for Ofsted's school inspection framework to take account of school libraries. Delegates will discuss challenges for school libraries including improving links with public libraries and modernisation of facilities. Sessions will also look whether the introduction of a new National Curriculum, alongside reformed GCSEs and A-levels for English will succeed in Government's aim of raising standards.

Changing trends in reading such as the increased use of e-books alongside further steps which can be taken to further encourage reading outside of school will also be considered.

Further sessions will look at the impact phonics screening tests at the end of Year 1, and new grammar and punctuation tests at KS2, have had on improving literacy levels since their introduction, as well as the effect of new Key Stage 2 reading tests and how to support literacy improvement amongst pupils with SEN.

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from Lord Tope, Chair, Libraries All-Party Parliamentary Group and Matt Walker, Lead, National Phonics Screening Check Evaluation, Department for Education and Research Manager, NFER.

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from Lord Tope, Chair, Libraries All-Party Parliamentary Group and Matt Walker, Lead, National Phonics Screening Check Evaluation, Department for Education and Research Manager, NFER.

Tricia Adams, Director, School Library Association; Barbara Band, President, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals; Jane Bass, Headteacher, Powers Hall Academy, Essex; Viv Bird, Chief Executive, Booktrust; Dr Andrew Davis, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Durham; Dr Jane Davis, Director, City of Readers and Founding Director, The Reader Organisation; Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust; Ann Draisey, Library Manager, West Exe School, Exeter; Councillor Nick Draper, Cabinet Member, Community and Culture including Libraries, Merton Council; Emma Hopkin, Managing Director, Bloomsbury Children's and Educational Publishing; Kate Pitman, Idea Store Development Manager, Tower Hamlets Council; Sylvia Shepherd-Clarke, Special Needs Consultant and Paul Walker, Headteacher, Sidmouth Church of England Primary School, Devon and Chair, National Primary Heads have also agreed to speak, together with a speaker confirmed from Renaissance Learning.

To view the agenda or book a place please follow this link: Supporting child literacy in England: teaching methods, school library provision, and encouraging reading for pleasure

17 – 18 February 2015

Welling School - Music Video and Special Effects Course

Welling School will be holding a Music Video and Special Effects Course in their “iBrary” during the February half term next year. For £40 students can enjoy and learn about using DSLR cameras, editing, using applications like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier and using special effects such as green screening and blue screening. This great opportunity will leave students with a great starting knowledge on both subjects, firsthand experience in filming, editing and effects, teambuilding experience and as well as a disc of their work and a certificate of completion to bring home. 

For bookings please call 02083048531(extension 2861) and ask for Heather Simmons or email simmonsh@wellingschool-tkat.org. Please email for a consent form which must be filled out and sent back before the start date of the course. Please contact the school for any information about the course or payments.    

25 February 2015

Tracking and Mapping: Proving the Impact of a School Library

Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria

SLA one day training course for secondary school librarians / library staff

25 February 2015

Social Media: make it work for you!

SLA one day course for primary and secondary school staff.

11 March 2015

Getting the Best from Young People and Adults: Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School Library

The Kingston Centre, Stafford

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

12 March 2015

The Online Librarian

Booth Meadow House, Northampton

SLA one day course for primary and secondary school library staff

16 March 2015

The Online Librarian

SLA one day course for primary and secondary school staff.

17 March 2015

Reading for Success: How to get your School on Board. Looking at the Reading for Pleasure Agenda and Applying it in your School.

Education Library Service, Winsford, Cheshire

A one day training course with a Primary focus intended for Teachers, Literacy Coordinators, School Librarians, Teaching and Learning Coordinators and other interested staff

17 March 2015

Crossing the Divide: Effective Induction and Transition Strategies for the Secondary School Library

Stanway School, Colchester, Essex

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

25 March 2015

E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library

Resources for Learning, Bridgwater, Somerset

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

7 May 2015

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

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

14 May 2015

Social Media: make it work for you!

Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria

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

3 June 2015

The Online Librarian

Newtown Library, Powys

SLA one day course for primary and secondary school library staff

4 June 2015

Building a Reading Community in your School

SLA one day training course for secondary school library staff

9 June 2015

Reading for Success: How to get your School on Board. Looking at the Reading for Pleasure Agenda and Applying it in your School.

SLA one day course for primary school staff.

Target audience: Teachers, Literacy Coordinators, School Librarians, Teaching and Learning Coordinators and other interested staff.

12 – 14 June 2015

Creating Future Learners: A Hoard of Knowledge

The SLA's annual weekend training course.

Venue: Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0NL.