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The SLA Resources Blog is designed to highlight new resources which we at the SLA think may be of interest to school librarians and to others working in related fields. The blog is available at and can also be read via an RSS feed at

Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.

Arts Award is ten!

Arts Award supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. In its tenth year Arts Award is aspiring to reach even more young people across the UK. Whether through schools, colleges, arts organisations, museums, libraries or clubs, Arts Award offers young people aged up to 25 an inspiring arts journey and the chance to achieve a qualification.

Get young people working towards an Arts Award this autumn for:

  • their chance to take the 10-month challenge and achieve an award by summer 2016
  • special competitions and themed articles written by young people on
  • discounts on moderations and opportunities to profile your organisation

Wide-ranging support for advisers delivering Arts Award is now available including new resources to support the development of creative projects, or you can find out about training to get started

Follow #ArtsAward10 on Facebook or Twitter for updates on Arts Award’s tenth birthday or pledge your support to reach a quarter of a million awards for young people at


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Win a copy of Whitaker’s 2016

WhitakersThe Whitaker’s Almanac is the definitive reference guide and ultimate single-volume reference source, packed with thousands of facts, figures, overviews and statistics relating to the UK and the world. It is a brilliant asset for any school library, saving hours of research and cross-referencing between different sources. Read more here.

Fully updated for this year, we have 5 copies of Whitaker’s 2016 (RRP £75) to give away, courtesy of the Whitaker’s team! Simply send an email to whitakerscomp[at] including your name and postal address, and 5 winners will be drawn at random on 25th January 2016  

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Outsell's 2015 Information Management (IM) Benchmarking Survey - free report for all participants!

Would you like to know how your library stacks up?  Outsell, the research and advisory firm, has launched its 15th annual Information Management (IM) Benchmarking Survey at  In return for your participation, you will instantly receive a free 12-page report showing how your responses compare to both your peer group, and the library community as a whole. Outsell's 2014 survey, which included government, corporate, academic, healthcare, school and public libraries, found that budgets increased by 2.8%, and that over 50% of these budgets were dedicated to content. It should take no more than 20 minutes of your time to complete (you can pause it and return at will), and all information will be kept strictly confidential.  The survey will close on 13th November, 2015. Thank you for your kind participation, and feel free to contact us should you have any queries.  Contact: Leonie Nicholas, Affiliate Analyst, Outsell, Inc.: You can find the survey at:

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Get free access to the complete Churchill Archive!

Churchill Archive Screenshot with Border.docxThe complete Churchill Archive ( is now available free of charge to schools for the first time.  Opening up exciting new opportunities for the teaching and learning of History at secondary level, the Churchill Archive offers cross-searchable online access to over 800,000 original documents – from Churchill’s personal correspondence with family and friends to official exchanges, and from photographs and newspaper reports to speeches in various drafts.

“All children should understand Sir Winston Churchill’s fundamental place in our nation’s history and schools can now seize the opportunity to access the Churchill Archive – a tremendous cache of documents that bring history to life.”
Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

Find out more about the Churchill Archive and the free access offer at
To gain access to the Churchill Archive, one member of staff (usually the librarian) needs to complete the short registration form at on behalf of their school.

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National Schools Partnership are delighted to announce that from September, Suffragette - Social Changers, a brand new educational resource for students aged 12 to 19 - to support the citizenship, history and PSHE curriculum and students’ SMSC development, will be available free to schools. 

Social Changers will use the new film, Suffragette, which is released in cinemas on 12th October, to bring the Suffragettes to life for a new generation. The resources will get the whole school celebrating and developing a true appreciation for the Social Changers who forged the democratic society we live in today. Students will draw parallels between life now and over 100 years ago, reflecting on the precious rights and liberties they enjoy. They will also use research skills to learn about the figures who fought for a more equal society and those continuing the fight today. You can find out more about the resource and film here:  

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Funding Opportunity

One Family Foundation has completed the first round of Community Awards which offer funding of up to £25k and are delighted to announce that Abbotswood Junior School in Hampshire were one of the recipients and they will be using the money to improve their school library provision.

A second round of funding is accepting nominations from the 1 September at 10am. Nominations need to be made by one of their customers. One in 12 UK families hold a policy with One Family so access to the funding is easier than you think. A public vote will determine the winners. There are four awards of £25k and 15 awards of £5k available.

If you would like further information regarding the Community Awards, then you can take a look at the website.

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2Simple Serial Mash Writers Competition

Educational Software Company, 2Simple, are teaming up with children’s author, Jonny Zucker to run their first ever Serial Mash Writers Competition for users of the online library. With the chance of winning prizes, the competition starts by asking children to read the first chapter of two new KS2 Serial Mash books to inspire them to write the second chapter of one or both of the stories.

Taking place during the Summer 2 Term, primary school children will have the opportunity to work together as a school, class or individually on Jonny Zucker’s ‘The Beast from Below’ and ‘Thieves in the Night’ stories. Schools subscribed to Serial Mash will receive a ‘Writers Pack’ which will include Jonny Zucker’s ‘Big Tips for Little Authors’ to encourage pupils to think creatively and express themselves confidently. To open up the competition to as many children as possible 2Simple are also offering a free extended trial of Serial Mash through the whole of the Summer 2 Term.

Children’s author, Jonny Zucker, said: “The Serial Mash Writers Competition is a chance for children to push their imaginations to the limit. They can be as creative and as adventurous as they want. They can work collaboratively in small or large groups to share ideas and use their friend’s thoughts to build on their own. If they have access, they can plan and map story ideas using 2Connect on Purple Mash, another of 2Simple’s fantastic software tools.”

The winning chapter will be published inside Serial Mash and read by millions of children and teachers around the world. They will also receive £150 to spend on reading and writing resources and there will be prizes for runners up as well. Plus, every participating school will be entered into a ‘bonus’ prize draw with the lucky winner becoming the setting of a brand new Serial Mash book.

Traditional writers can submit their entry by paper, or for the more digital savvy, there is the option of using a ‘Publishing Template’ inside Serial Mash. There is a maximum of three entries per school and the deadline is Saturday 20 June 2015.
For more information, visit:


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Paddington resources for primary schools!

Into Film have created a fun, easy to use resource for Primary teachers based on the charming British adventure film, Paddington. The resource will be available to teachers registering for a new Into Film Club before the Easter break.

Fun activities in the resource support curriculum areas including literacy, geography, art and design, whilst carefully selected clips and images from Paddington enable pupils to explore the film’s themes of individuality and acceptance. This flexible and exciting resource comes in pdf format with supporting PowerPoint.

As well as this comprehensive resource, new Into Film club leaders will receive for free:

  • Access to a huge bank of learning and teaching materials that use film to engage learners across all core curriculum subjects
  • Access to a library of 4,000 DVDs, including Paddington*, to use in class, for after-school clubs, for lunchtime film clubs and more

What do I do next?
before Friday 20th March to get your free resource for your class and become part of a growing movement of teachers who use film to engage and excite pupils. 

Click here to register

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