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Weekend Course

Our SLA Weekend Training Course is hugely popular. Held in June at a different location each year, the course has become an essential element of professional development for many school librarians - "a wonderful melting pot of ideas".

The course is fully residential, but day delegate options are also available.


Weekend 2016 LogoThe SLA's 2016 weekend course - Empowerment, Empathy, Engagement: The Impact of School Libraries - will be held in a two-day format on 24 - 25 June 2016 at Tortworth Court Hotel, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.

Speakers include:

  • Jon Biddle – Practical Ideas on Reading for Pleasure
  • Tim Bowler – SLA Patron and author
  • Joy Court & Amy McKay – Carnegie-Greenaway shadowing
  • Anne Harding – Ofsted and what to expect
  • Sally Hudson – Engaging Spaces for Reading
  • Jim Kay – illustrator
  • Robert Muchamore – author
  • Andy Robb – Book blogging
  • Katherine Rundell – author
  • Adrian Thompson – Library design from scratch
  • Andy Walsh – IL with games
  • Tony Walsh – Poet Longfella.

Download the full Weekend Course programme and booking form (also sent to members with the Spring 2016 mailing of The School Librarian).

Weekend Course 2016 Programme

PDF file, 336 kB

Requires Adobe Reader






Download the Booking Form in Word format that you can complete and return.

SLA Course 2016 Booking Form

Word document, 988 kB

Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later



Reserve your place via the Booking Form or contact the SLA Office on 01793 530166 or info[at]

Earlybird discounts apply up to 22 April 2016.

Sponsored by Micro Librarian Systems (MLS).

Course Fees

Fully resident booked before 22 April £315* £404*
Fully resident booked after 22April £355* £444*
Friday inc Lunch and dinner £132 inc vat £150 inc vat
Friday inc Lunch but no dinner £84 inc vat £102 inc vat
Saturday inc lunch £114 inc vat £132 inc vat

* VAT on this supply is accounted for under the Tour Operators Margin Scheme and therefore will not generate a VAT invoice


B&B rooms are available for delegates on Thursday and/or Saturday night:

  • B&B rate per night: £99*

* VAT on this supply is accounted for under the Tour Operators Margin Scheme and therefore will not generate a VAT invoice