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Events Calendar

8 June 2016

Reading Levels, Attainment 8 and GCSEs - the Library's Critical Place

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff


Trainer:  Angie Curran           Venue: Walthamstow School for Girls, London


This new SLA course takes a close look at the position that secondary schools, sixth form and FE colleges have found themselves in since September 2016 where reading levels as identified under APP (Assessment for Pupil Progress) are no longer acceptable to Ofsted.  During the day delegates will consider how 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.

8 June 2016

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

SLA one day course for KS2 and secondary school library staff

Trainer - Susan Staniforth                           Venue - Cambridge Central Library      



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 June 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.

18 June 2016

Norfolk TeachMeet - Reading for Pleasure

Just to let you know that a Norfolk TeachMeet event is currently being organised for the afternoon of Saturday 18th June. The focus will be entirely on Reading for Pleasure and will take place at Fakenham Junior School between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. Admission will be totally free, although spaces are limited. If you would be interested in attending, please reserve your place at

We are also looking for people to give either micro (7-8 minutes) or nano (2-3 minutes) presentations about any aspect of Reading for Pleasure in schools. If you're willing to share something you're doing, have already done or are planning to do, that has helped engage children with reading, please let me know.

It should be a very informal and productive afternoon, with lots of opportunities for meeting new people, networking and sharing good practice. I'm more than happy to answer any questions.

24 – 25 June 2016

SLA Weekend Course 2016

The next SLA weekend course – Empowerment, Empathy, Engagement: The Impact of School Libraries – will be held in a two-day format on 24–25 June 2016 at Tortworth Court, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.