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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

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European language magazines

Those of you that have students learning foreign languages might want to subscribe to these wonderful language magazines for children and young people from European Schoolbooks Ltd. Each subscription entitles you to 5 issues during the year and ELi magazines are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Latin. They are also available for pupils who are learning English, which makes them useful for any students whose native tongue is not English in your school.

You can choose the language level of the magazines that you want and they are available from A1-C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, equivalent to Key Stages 2 to 4. You can view them here.

Always up-to-date

ELi magazines are packed with the latest news about famous people (singers, sporting heroes, actors etc.) and current events in the countries and regions where the language is spoken, as well as more general topics of interest for young readers such as music, film and global issues.

Intercultural understanding

High-quality photos, engaging activities, wide-ranging reports and interviews all stimulate learning about the culture and traditions of the countries in which each language is spoken.

Teaching units

Each magazine is both a great read and a self-contained teaching resource. The vocabulary, grammatical structures and functions - introduced via original glossaries - are repeated throughout the issue to support the language learning process.

Great Value!

European Schoolbooks are very aware of the financial constraints many of us are working under so they try hard to keep subscription fees reasonable, annual subscriptions comprise 5 issues per year, from October to May and have much to endear them to foreign language teachers and librarians:

  • Full, A4, colour format with 16 pages
  • Durable, good-quality paper
  • Superb photos and graphics
  • Inserts such as games and pull-outs at the lower-ability levels
  • Free online audio recordings (not available for Russian and Latin)
  • Free UK delivery

1 annual subscription: £16.00

2-5 subscriptions (of the same title): £10.00 each

6 or more subscriptions (of the same title): £8.50 each

ELi magazines are available exclusively in the UK and Ireland from European Schoolbooks Ltd. View samples online and order your subscription on the website.

ELI Mag Pics 1

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