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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

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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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Chatterbooks training

ChatterbooksChatterbooks are holding a training day at Exeter Library on Thursday 19 March.  If anyone is interested in attending, they can find out more from the Reading Agency website.  It’s a great way to share ideas for successful Chatterbooks sessions with colleagues, and find out all the ways you can support children taking part.  We are also introducing a section on running inclusive Chatterbooks groups.  Barrington Stoke CEO Mairi Kidd will be attending to talk about books for children with dyslexia, and we will share tips and resources to support children with reading difficulties taking part in Chatterbooks.
Participants will also leave with a handbook in a ring binder, and some publisher goodies, to help boost start their Chatterbooks groups!  To book, or for any queries, do contact

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Young Classics Champions 

OUP ClassicsDo you have a potential Classics Champion in your school? We are looking for young Classics Champions for the next new books in our Oxford Children's Classics range - Heidi and The Hound of the Baskervilles. To enter, pupils simply need to submit a short review of the book. Winners will get their review published in the book itself, win £100 worth of books for your school, as well as a stack of the book to share with their friends.

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June Webcast news

JWilsonFans from all over the world will also be able to connect with Jacqueline Wilson and send in their questions as she participates in one of the very successful Puffin Virtually Live webcasts in June – register at for updates.


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Primary French

Into FilmNational Schools Partnership and Into Film are offering a fun, helpful resource pack that supports primary-level French to teachers who sign up for a film club.  Teachers can use film to boost children’s confidence in French and support language learning in their school with this resource, and the first 100 registrants will receive a free DVD of A Cat in Paris.

You don’t need to be a French teacher to use this resource as it offers advice, top tips, language-focussed activity ideas, dual language activity sheets and a recommended viewing list of films which will support language learning.  As well as this valuable pdf resource, teachers will receive for free:

  • A DVD copy of Academy Award® nominated animation A Cat in Paris to screen as a half-term treat or at your first Into Film Club screening for the first 100 registrants
  • 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 to use in class, for after-school clubs, for lunchtime film clubs and more

Teachers can sign up to receive the resource on the website.


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