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Onwards and Upwards: Successful Transition Strategies for School Libraries

Course Details:

The pressure is on for schools to secure the next year’s intakes and successful transition programmes are the key to attract a strong cohort of new students.  Many school librarians are involved in transition in some way or another but for many of us, it can be a bit of an ad hoc experience and often leaves us drained and unsure what impact we’ve actually had.

This course is a must for everyone who works with the classic transition groups of Years 6-7.  Whether you work in a primary school and want to ease your students’ paths into big school or whether you are responsible for a secondary school library and need to reach out to feeder primaries, this course will give you all the tools you need.

All participants are asked to fill in a short questionnaire prior to the day to ensure specific requirements are met.  This training day has an inclusive and collaborative approach where participants are invited to share their own experiences.

Session 1: Why me?

Why should the library be involved in transition? How do you talk to your line manager about this? And how can you find the time (and energy) to focus on transition strategies?

Understanding HMIE / Ofsted’s take on transition and the library’s role in ticking their boxes.

Session 2: Making contact

Who are the feeder primary schools? What are they looking for from you? What’s the role of the local community?

Successfully collaborating with the right people.

Session 3: Transition Toolkit

What are tried and tested transition strategies? What role can technology play in transition? How can you make sure your efforts bear results? How about extras, like summer schools?

Facilitating effective activities, maximising impact, creating opportunities for all, making it fun.

Session 4: Follow up

How do you know it worked, and how do you communicate this to the leadership team? What can you learn from past experiences? How do you make it work for your library?

Establishing the library’s role in a successful transition programme.

Trainer: Annike Dase

Until recently, Annike was a Senior LRC Coordinator at Nottingham Academy working with nearly 2000 students between the ages of 4-18 and more than 300 members of staff to develop the Academy’s libraries through library and literacy lessons and careful resource planning.  Previously, she developed a primary school library from scratch and implemented a library curriculum for Key Stages Foundation – 2 at Trent College and The Elms Junior School.  In November 2013, Annike took on the role of Librarian at St Edmund’s Catholic School in Dover where she is enjoying the challenge of updating and running the school library.


Annike has run many very successful training courses for the SLA and other groups in the past. She has been a member of the SLA Board since 2009 and a SLA Weekend Course Director on several occasions.

Feedback from Course:

Excellent presentation, very informative, delivered with aplomb.

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school librarians and library staff

Venues and Dates:

  • 12 March 2014, 09:15-16:00: The Kingston Centre, Fairway, Stafford ST16 3TW [Map]
  • 20 March 2014, 09:15-16:00: St Paul's RC Academy, Gillburn Road, Dundee DD3 0EH [Map]
    We are sorry to inform you that this course has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused by this decision which was not taken lightly.
  • 28 April 2014, 09:15-15:30: The Marlborough School, Shipton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1LP [Map]
    We are sorry to inform you that this course has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused by this decision which was not taken lightly.

Additional Notes:

Please Note: First place on this course at full price. Accompanying delegate from the same school or a partner / feeder school: £65 for SLA members, £85.00 non-members of the SLA.