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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.

Free - Edward Scissorhands DVD

KS3 Res Into FilmNational Schools Partnership have a great new English and literacy resource geared towards KS3 (and equivalent) students across the UK which helps teachers set up an Into Film club in an easy and fun way and gives them access to thousands of fantastic films and resources for their secondary school pupils. Supporting this resource, and helping teachers kick start their new film club, is a free DVD of the cult classic Edward Scissorhands directed by Tim Burton which teachers will receive when registering for the resource.

The easy-to-use resource aims at boosting literacy and critical thinking skills in the classroom and by registering for the resource and setting up a film club, teachers can provide a platform for students to express their opinions and develop their self-esteem and interpersonal skills.

Along with the free DVD of Edward Scissorhands, teachers will have access to over 4, 000 other films to use in the classroom as well as a recommended viewing list tailored to Secondary-aged pupils with films from Bend It Like Beckham to Beijing Bicycle. There are numerous other benefits to starting a film club in school or out of school and all those and more information can be found here on the website


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FindMyPast - leading history resource now available to Schools (in the UK and overseas) exclusively through JCS

JCSSpecial school-wide subscriptions to the fantastic Findmypast are now available for the first time - and exclusively through JCS!  The JCS agreement is open to UK Secondary and Primary Schools, British International Schools, and International Schools both in the UK and overseas.  Findmypast is a searchable online archive of over 1.8 billion records from across the globe - everything from parish records to censuses and from migration records to military collections. It enables students to research and build their own family trees, as well as to undertake broader research on a wide range of themes and topics.

JCS also have a guest post from Lynn Winkworth, librarian of Headington School, plus Susanna Lob has been working on an exciting project in Myanmar

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How to Help your Dyslexic and Dyspraxic Child

How to Help Your Dyslexic and Dyspraxic Child   Final Cover (1)Would you like to win a book? Crimson Publishing are giving away 10 copies of their book How to Help your Dyslexic and Dyspraxic Child.  

What can you do to help your child who has dyslexia or dyspraxia?  You are not alone. Author Sally McKeown explains each syndrome and draws on the experience of other parents to help you understand and support your child. Discover how to:

  • Build your child's confidence
  • Help with homework, without doing it
  • Improve coordination and motor skills through games and hobbies
  • Get support from your school
  • Use the right teaching method for your child

With handy tips and easy-to-apply advice, this guide gives you the tools you need to make life easier.
Share your top tip for helping a child with dyslexia, and enter a draw to win a copy of the book.  Send your tip to Bethan Head and include your own contact details in case you win!  Deadline 7th November.

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Guardian Teacher Network

The Guardian Teacher Network is a free service for teachers and educational professionals covering best practice, career advice and professional development.The Guardian Teacher Network is designed to help you not only with your day job, but also with your future career path.

Contact the Guardian Teacher Network team for more information, or you can call us on: 0203 353 4021, or tweet us [at]GuardianTeach.

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Into Film Festival 2014

IFF Logo PurpleThe Into Film Festival is a free and annual educational film festival which aims to help educators bring learning to life for 5 –19 year olds by inspiring them to watch, make and understand films in new and creative ways. Taking place from the 4 -21 November in over 500 venues across the UK the festival offers young people a free trip to the cinema and a diverse range of film screenings that are supported by curriculum focused educational resources.  What will schools and young people enjoy for free?

  • Free Screening - UK-wide cinema screening programme.
  • Educational resources - free activities that support learning and the curriculum.
  • Accessible events - over 150 films and 500 venues to choose from.
  • Meet film industry experts - free speaker Q&As, special events and masterclasses.
  • Filmmaking workshops - learn tips from the best in the business.
  • Exclusives - free access to special events, film previews and premieres.

Register your interest for the Festival now and Into Film will let you know when bookings open up at the beginning of September.


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Wear it Pink!

BCC Children Outdoors (124 of 396)Want to take part in an exciting fundraising initiative for your school and students? This year, Breast Cancer Campaign returns with wear it pink a campaign that takes place throughout October with a whole host of fundraising opportunities. These can include anything from a cake sale to a class fun-day; every contribution helps.

Every school that takes part will receive a toolkit for students that will include fundraising ideas and all the materials they need to plan their own fundraising events. Alongside this, teachers can also download resources which are linked to PSHE and science, as this campaign supports the delivery of these subjects.  Sign up here to receive these resources and get planning.

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Teach your Monster to Read

TYMTRTeach your Monster to Read is a series of free games to practise the first stages of reading.  Combining top quality games design with essential learning, the game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme.

The game develops children’s speed and accuracy of letter recognition by taking them on a fantastic adventure through a magical world where they meet island kings and collect letters to win prizes.  Children adopt and customise a monster, who they guide through the learning process.  Teach Your Monster to Read has been produced by The Usborne Foundation and designed in collaboration with academics from Roehampton University.

The kids absolutely love this game - and they're learning! John Hole, Phase 1 Leader, Wray Common Primary School


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Penguin Survey - prize draw

Penguin SchoolsCalling all primary school teachers and librarians!  How would you like to win a bundle of books in time for the new school year?  Answer our survey and win books for your classroom!

Penguin Schools want to make sure they're doing the best they can to enhance a love of literacy in the classroom. To allow them to shape and plan for future events and projects, they would like to hear your feedback, thoughts and suggestions. Penguin Schools greatly value and appreciate your input, which is why they have conducted a survey.

To enter, simply click the link below to complete a survey about children's books and events and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a bundle of books to excite your young readers with next September!  CLICK HERE to complete the survey. 

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