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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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Read Write Inc Open Days

On 19 March a selection of 'Model Schools' in the UK are inviting headteachers and literacy leads to attend an open day to see the Read Write Inc. education programme in practice. Attendees can find out how the programme, published by Oxford University Press, can improve literacy and help to decrease the 'word gap' between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.  
The open day will take place on Monday 19 March in Caerphilly, Cornwall, Derby, Norfolk, Romford, Wokingham, Birmingham and East Sussex at 'Model Schools' for Read Write Inc., and will be open to all headteachers and literacy leads in the local area. At the open day visitors can expect to find out how the Read Write Inc. programme is implemented in their schools and see the benefits of the programme and it is improving literacy. During the day, visitors will be able to observe lessons, meet other schools in the area, get advice on how to implement the programme and see the positive impact on behaviour across the school. 
One of the highlight factors of Read Write Inc. schools is that they are talk-a-lot schools where speaking and listening skills are developed through partner work. By developing children’s vocabulary, Read Write Inchelps to address problems associated with the ‘word gap’, recently highlighted by the government’s Department for Education single departmental plan. 
The ‘word gap’ has been identified in children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who by the age of 3 are on average almost a full year and a half behind their more affluent peers in language development. In the report the DoE make recommendations on how to eliminate the 'word gap' through education in order to improve social mobility and equality of opportunity, the Read Write Inc. programme is in line with this.
 “Our Model Schools demonstrate an inspirational passion and excitement for teaching. Their attention to detail and focus on continuous professional development
marks them out and is the key to their success in getting every child to read by 6. No child should get left behind and with the right teaching and assessments we can ensure

every child is understood and the gaps in their knowledge identified and addressed.”

Ruth Miskin, Creator of Read Write Inc.
For more information on which schools are taking part and to book a place at one of the schools teachers can visit this webpage:
Or for booking enquiries please email oxfordprimaryevents[at]  
For more information, images or to speak to one of the experts at OUP Education please contact publicist: Laura Smythe m: 07881555530 or email: laurasmythecontact[at]
Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP t: 01865 354579 Twitter: [at]OUPPrimary Facebook: [at]oxfordeducationuk

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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