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The Alligator's Mouth Award for illustrated early fiction

Ten books have been longlisted for the first year of The Alligator’s Mouth Award, a new children’s book prize intended to celebrate the best books for 6-8-year-olds. Axel Scheffler and Joseph Coelho joined the judging panel of children’s book experts who selected the longlisted titles. The award champions both authors and illustrators of highly illustrated children’s fiction. 

Details here

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2019 Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher Award Winners Announced

Egmont Publishing in partnership with The Open University and UK Literacy Association, aim to recognise teachers and schools whose practices make a real difference to children’s RfP.

The three award categories: Early Career Teacher, Experienced Teacher, and a Whole School Award receive Egmont books to the value of £250 for their school and copies of Help Your Child Love Reading by Alison David.  

The winners for 2019 have been announced.

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Copyright in schools and teacher awareness

Elizabeth Hutchinson has pointed out some important issues to consider when copying (or recording) books in school. We teach older pupils that plagiarism is wrong, but we also need to consider copyright issues in primary schools and for teachers. Read more on Elizabeth’s blog.

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Scottish Book Trust Awards

A school librarian has won a national prize for promoting reading for pleasure. Scottish Book Trust’s Learning Professional Award recognises a teacher or librarian who works tirelessly to inspire children to read and write. This has been awarded to Deena Wren, who works at Beeslack Community High in Midlothian, has over 10 years’ experience as a librarian and runs a Manga club using graphic novels to support students with dyslexia.

Also honoured at the ceremony was the children’s author Theresa Breslin, who has more than 50 titles to her name and who has been “a passionate advocate” for school libraries. Theresa received the Outstanding Achievement Award - given to an individual with an impressive backlist and a record of meaningful engagement with the writing community.



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Cheltenham Festival Primary Teacher Reading Groups

Cheltenham Festival is expanding its network of primary teacher reading groups with the aim of participating teachers spreading a love of reading to their pupils. Watch for more details in July.

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Picture Books in the Pub-YLG

Manchester SLA Branch and the YLG local group have joined forces for a regular Greenaway shadowing event, which will run for the next few months. YLG Manchester are meeting monthly on alternate Tuesdays at the pub underneath the Portico Library to discuss the Greenaway titles. The initial meeting is Tuesday 19th March. Everyone welcome.

More details on the Manchester SLA Branch page

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Position: Permanent and full time (term time plus one week)

Start date: Ideally, to start summer term 2019

Pay: Grade D FTE salary £20,830 - £23,411 / Actual salary £18,274 - £20,539

Closing date: Monday 1st April (midday)

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious, highly effective and experienced librarian to help support and enrich teaching and learning across the school by enabling students to access a broad range of learning resources, develop learning and information handling skills, and by promoting literacy, reading for pleasure and independent learning.

This is an exciting opportunity where you will be responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the library within our successful, over-subscribed secondary Academy school. You’ll be working alongside a highly motivated, supportive and well qualified team of teachers and support staff in a brand new and well resourced learning environment

The role will involve liaison with department heads to optimise students' use of resources, the organisation and supervision of the school library and ensuring the library operates effectively as an integral part of the school curriculum, supporting whole school literacy.

The successful candidate will be:

  • An excellent practitioner who can enthuse and inspire;
  • Passionate about raising aspirations and improving educational life
  • chances;
  • A role model and champion of learning;
  • Clear-thinking and outward-looking;
  • Dynamic, innovative and hardworking;
  • Able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills; and above all,
  • Dedicated to giving all of our students an outstanding education.

We would welcome applications from candidates with different areas of expertise, such as, a background in education.

In return, we can offer:

  • A skilled, hardworking and supportive team.
  • Great students who are proud to be part of the school.
  • The opportunity to shape the future of the school library.
  • A brand new, well-resourced, specialist learning environment.
  • A wide range of opportunities for personal and professional development.

We have high expectations for the achievement of all of our students and the continual professional development of all our staff is a priority.

Robert May’s School, which dates from 1694, is a high attaining 11-16 Academy school with a distinctive ethos based on the charitable principles of our founder. We are situated in a semi-rural setting in Hampshire, with good rail and road access.

We would welcome the opportunity for an informal chat or visit. Please contact Lisa Shackleton, HR Officer on 01256 702700 or email lisa.shackleton[at]rmays.com for further information or to arrange a visit.

Should you wish to apply for this post, please see the school website www.rmays.org for an application form and submit your application to recruitment[at]rmays.com

Deadline for applications: Monday 1st April 2019 (midday).

Interviews will take place as soon as possible afterwards.

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Tommy Donbavand Auction

Three years ago, children’s author, Tommy Donbavand, was diagnosed with inoperable throat cancer. Since then, he has undergone appalling side-effects of numerous treatments and the associated medical conditions they brought with them. Now Tommy has been told his cancer is back and there is nothing more that can be done. He has “weeks or months” to live.

For years Tommy has worked to promote literacy in schools and libraries. Like most children’s authors, this provided the majority of his income, and being unable to run these events has drastically slashed his income.

This auction site was set up by a group of Tommy’s friends to help raise funds for him and his family. The love and respect for Tommy throughout the publishing industry is such that there are many unique experiences and items – mainly literary based, with every penny raised through the auction going to Tommy and his family.

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