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This week...

You know how some week’s work like clockwork, others are more mixed – or as they say in my part of the world ‘middling’…  Well it’s been a middling week – lots of real positives but with some arrangements that just didn’t work, or didn’t happen for reasons beyond anyone’s control!

The Cambridge Primary Review Network meeting at the beginning of the week was a fascinating opportunity to meet with other subject associations that have views on the new curricula and to be able to exchange thoughts on the breadth of the curriculum was a real positive.  This was particularly well timed as the Call for Evidence for the Curriculum review was announced by the DfE this week.We are already working on our submission!

Meeting publishers to finalise the line up for the Weekend Course is always a positive – and we have a super programme in development (some of which is already flagged up on the website) waiting to land on your desks very shortly. 

The imminent call for entries to the Information Book Award is very exciting – the anticipation of wondering what will be nominated and how many books will arrive.  Plus creating criteria for the judging and working with a series of partners, and new webpages are always an opportunity. 

Even the time spent on trains travelling to meetings is an enforced period of catch up on the professional reading pile that always seems to lurk in my briefcase or on the office shelves!

The messages from schools, school library services and public libraries are often depressing – threats of closure, staff being dismissed and expertise being lost.  Re-inventing what we have lost (thrown away?) in the future will be more costly than maintaining a reduced service or of re-aligning some services for the present.  We are working to support as many of you as we can through advocacy and our advice and support – contact us!

Tricia Adams

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