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SLA moves Weekend Course online

05 May 2020 Share

We are excited to announce that we have transferred our annual weekend conference ‘Digital Education: Reading and Learning Opportunities' to go completely virtual.

The current Coronavirus restrictions have resulted in having to rethink our popular weekend course which was due to have been held in Ashford, Kent. However, we are pleased to now offer many of the sessions directly into your home. 

Taking place over two days; Friday 19th – Saturday 20th June 2020, we are pleased to say our speakers Baasit Siddiqui, Stephen Heppell, Julian McDougall, Lucy Powrie, Neelam Parmar and Lucas Maxwell have agreed to reimagine their talks to be presented on the GoTo platform. 

 We are joined by many of the authors and publishers who will talk and be part of panels. Authors Laura Coryton, Jenny Oliver, Vashti Hardy, The Brothers McLeod and Jenny Pearson will showcase their latest books. While Lucy Powrie, Simon James Green, Lucy Cuthew, Anna Mainwaring discuss the online world in YA.  On Saturday, a panel consisting of Christopher Lloyd, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Catherine Barr and Anna Claybourne will discuss beautiful nature information books. 

Wellbeing through Reading and Burnet News Club will introduce themselves and show you what they offer that will excite and engage students. 

 Exhibitors will also be displaying their wares via demonstrations, videos, talks and chat, with our popular Exhibition Bingo card which delegates will complete for entry into the prize draw as well as a virtual goodie bag. And when you see a book which takes your fancy, Norfolk Children’s Book Centre will be on hand to take those orders (we're still working on exactly how, but Marilyn and the SLA team will do everything we can to make this work). 

Delegates and Exhibitors can find out more on the SLA website: The deadline for applications is 12th June 2020. There is a 10% off a second delegate from the same school: just email with the names of your delegates. 

SLA CEO Alison Tarrant said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this virtual event. One of the biggest take-aways from each Weekend Course is the networking and sharing experiences and that has never been more important. Digital Education is something we are all grappling with, along with concerns about the long term impact of this period, and I am immensely thankful to our speakers for sharing their expertise both on the issues we face now, and the things we will want to consider once we’ve returned to ‘normal’. I am incredibly pleased to be able to offer some support to our publishers at this time as well: it has become abundantly clear that we all support each other, and that is something that will continue in abundance once this is over.”