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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

Spyquest offer

Author David Goutcher is passionate about encouraging kids to read using a mixture of books and technology. His Spy Quest books have interactive components included in them that can be accessed via an app to bring the stories into the real world. You can see a video showing how the AR works here . The latest Spy Quest book Cursed Diamond includes augmented reality and allows readers to read the book and watch a movie too. 

Many schools have had great success in using the books with reluctant readers and report that their students have loved the marriage of physical and digital media. As part of a special offer to School Library Association members David has agreed that for  any bookings for school visits 

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before the end of February quoting SLA offer he will create a Spy Quest game specific to your school free of charge (the games work in a similar way to the hugely popular Pokemon Go app). The day will be extremely interactive with students taking part in challenges and working together to solve mysteries. Reviews of David's school visits are overwhelmingly glowing, as you can see from this Storify and the visits can be tied in with many subjects making them truly cross curricular. If you are interested in booking a visit please contact David via email david.goutcher[at]

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The Day Explorer offer

The Day Explorer is an online curriculum-based resource for primary schools. Every week, articles and cartoon strips on current affairs are published , allowing students to truly engage with the world around them.

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The British values page curates articles and activities that enhance schools' British values provision. The tailored content helps teachers cover the difficult topics of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and religious tolerance.

SLA members who subscribe by December 31st will receive 3 months of free usage in their first year. To find out more, call 0207 300 7316 or email enquiries[at]

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