ReadingCloud: engaging children, parents and educators in reading for enjoyment
Upgrade your library - ePlatform by Wheelers Books - Free Trial

We have updated our cookie policy to reflect recent changes in the UK/EU law concerning the use of cookies and tracking technologies. We use cookies on this website (including the page you are currently viewing) to ensure that the site functions smoothly and to help us understand how we can improve it. If you continue without changing your settings, you are agreeing to receive all cookies from the SLA website.

or view our cookie policy to find out more

Show Menu | Show Sidebar (Login/Search)

Resources Blog » Recent PostsRSS Feed RSS

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.

CILIP ILG Resource Sheets

ILG ResourcesThe CILIP Information Literacy Group is delighted to announce the launch of a range of resource sheets, in support of the TeenTech initiative. Pupils taking part in the competition can use these ten resource sheets to help them with the research process and developing their innovations.

The sheets cover research skills and data collection, provide guidance on how to protect ideas, and suggest some sources that teams could use to locate information.  The resources have been produced under a Creative Commons license, which means that they are available to all schools to download from this website and to use with their own pupils to help support the delivery of any topic or activity that requires information literacy skills.

The resources have been produced by a team of school and HE librarians led by Rebecca Jones, Schools Representative for the CILIP IL Group:

  • Rebecca Jones, Learning Enrichment & Support Co-ordinator, Malvern St James, Malvern
  • Darrly Toerien, Head of Library & Information Services, Oakham School, Rutland
  • Darren Flynn, Information Literacy Lead, Dixons Allerton Academy, Bradford
  • Sarah Pavey, Independent trainer and consultant to school libraries
  • Caroline Roche, School Librarian, Eltham College
  • Carol Webb, Forest Hill School, London
  • Chris Morrison, University of Kent, Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer

The team are very excited about the final resources, and are hoping to get some feedback from schools so that they can continue to improve this material for both teachers and pupils.

TeenTech runs lively events with a supporting awards scheme to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology.  An award-winning, industry-led initiative, TeenTech was founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help the “X Factor” generation understand their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace.

The CILIP Information Literacy Group also sponsors TeenTech's Research and Information Literacy Award, and  the team are interested to see how the resources are going to be used by participating school pupils, as evidenced in their product logs. The team also hope to be involved in some of TeenTech's innovation and festival days, at which they will continue to promote IL skills and develop the knowledge of both pupils and teachers.

0 comments · Add a comment

Free Competitions

NLT Comp 2016Two free competitions the National Literacy Trust is currently running for schools. Both competitions close on 18 March.

Spring Reading Adventure (for KS1 and lower KS2) - This competition encourages pupil to read more for enjoyment, with 30 copies of Frankie’s Magic Football or Magic Animal Friends on offer for the first 500 schools to register (15,000 copies in total). Pupils are challenged to record the progress they make reading either book in special log books and every 10 minutes they read takes them a step closer to the competition goal of 10 hours of reading in total.

Timmy Failure: Crack the Case (for KS2) - In this unique writing competition, pupils are challenged to write and illustrate their own detective stories using characters and inspiration from the popular Timmy Failure books. Schools that register will have access to a wide range of supporting materials, including cross-curricular resources and bookmarks for the first 500 schools.
To register or just find out more check out the website.


0 comments · Add a comment

HP Book Night 2016

HP NightHARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT will now be celebrated annually and returns on Thursday February 4th 2016 as HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT: A NIGHT OF SPELLS...  For 2016, the theme of the celebrations will be spells and their place at the heart of the unparallelled HARRY POTTER stories.

The NEW event kit is packed full of activities and inspiration for hosting an utterly spellbinding event - from creating a potions corner to designing your own magical spells to testing your knowledge of spells in HARRY POTTER with the Ultimate Spellathon trivia challenge! There are also some of the favourite activities from last year, including the Sorting Hat, but there is also a host of NEW ideas to inspire you to organise even bigger and better celebrations. As before, the event kit is free and easy-to-download from  the website and will help those looking to host a HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT event in a school, library, bookshop or community setting - or even as the ultimate sleepover party! NEW FOR 2016 - This year, hosts can publicise their HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT events by uploading the event details on the interactive map at

On January 14th, there will be the launch of an online poll at to decide the nation’s favourite HARRY POTTER spell. Spread the word and be sure to register your own vote!

0 comments · Add a comment

Offer extended

The Week JnrNew weekly current affairs magazine for 8-14 years olds, The Week Junior, has launched with fantastic feedback from teachers across the UK. Brought to you by Britain’s bestselling weekly news magazine, The Week, it’s designed to help pupils explore and make sense of the world around them.

Covering news about science & technology, animals, sports, environment, the arts, film and computing, The Week Junior offers lots of ways to enhance curriculum learning in lesson time and out of the classroom, across all subject areas.

For a limited time, teachers registering on the website for The Week Junior programme will receive the extended offer of five copies a week free for eight weeks. These are being snapped up quickly and we encourage schools to sign up to get their sample copies.

Librarians and teachers will also have access to the downloadable resources offering inspirational fuss-free ideas to use the magazine with their pupils, as well as competition entry forms with fantastic prizes up for grabs for pupils and their schools. The ‘Great Ideas’ resource is cross-curricular with strong links to English & Literacy, PSHE, Citizenship, Science, Technology & Geography.

0 comments · Add a comment

Knowledge is Power

12 56 52 Knowledge is Power BannereA new resource for students questioning their own gender.  Lottery funded and created through discussion with young people - worth checking out.


0 comments · Add a comment

Keep Wild Animal Wild

IFAW LionKeep Wild Animals Wild lesson plans, films and worksheets provide everything teachers need to introduce students to what makes wild animals wild. They also explain why wildlife trade is a big threat not just to animals and ecosystems, but to people too, and how to help keep wild animals wild.

The lesson plans are tailored to three teaching levels and meet national curriculum programmes of study in English, science, geography and PSHE:

  • Key Stage 1 students (ages 5-7) will learn the differences between wild and domestic animals and how they can watch and appreciate wildlife responsibly,
  • Key Stage 2 and 3 students (aged 8-11 and 11-14) will learn about wildlife trade, why it is relevant to them and why we need to protect wild animals from wildlife trade.

The education resources include a teaching guide with assessments, lesson plans with student worksheets, student magazines, classroom films, a wall poster and more.

0 comments · Add a comment

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


0 comments · Add a comment

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  

0 comments · Add a comment