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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

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

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.

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

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.

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.