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Job Vacancies, Head Librarian, London: Forest School, London - Head Librarian

Head Librarian
Recruiter: Forest School
Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Sector: Schools
Job Type: Permanent
Closing date: 6 June 2019

Job Description
Forest School is a high performing independent day school for approximately 1400 pupils aged 4-18, situated on the edge of Epping Forest in North East London. Retirement of our Head Librarian means that we are seeking to appoint a creative, confident and enthusiastic qualified librarian with significant IT and people skills to lead the library team.

The school has developed modern, relevant library services which form part of our Information Services. Library services are forward looking, focusing on reading for pleasure and developing information literacy for an information society. The libraries have exciting and relevant development opportunities to explore and deliver to support our pupils' development in an information society.

Forest School Head-Librarian-JD-and-PS-May-2019

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Judith Kerr news

The world of children’s books is a sadder place today as a legend dies. Many authors, librarians, teachers and organisations are remembering this wonderful lady as most of us have a lot to thank her for.

Guardian article



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Hay-on-Wye Festival 2019

Hay Festival opens today with schools events to start before the open programme for all. It may be too late for your school to attend, but there may be chance to livestream some exciting authors.

There are resources and lesson plans available during and after the festival events, including the 200+ Hay Levels in science, humanities and social sciences on YouTube suitable for 16 – 25 year olds.

Hay is just too good to miss, one way or another.

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Elmer Day 2019

Elmer Day is this Saturday 25th May 2019, with hundreds of events happening in schools, bookshops and libraries across the country, turning the whole nation patchwork.

Resources are available here for download.


As it will be Elmer’s 30th birthday, on Books are my Bag day – celebrating high street bookshops, a special children’s bag designed by David McKee will be available.

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Into Film Award competition

Into Film Award competition now open to children and young people aged 5 – 19.

Whether you use a camera, a tablet or a mobile phone, every valid submission to the Into Film Awards will go into a prize draw to win £1,000 worth of filmmaking equipment for the filmmakers, film club or classroom!

 The website has useful downloads to help, along with details of other creative categories to become involved.

Entries are open until 6 December 2019.

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Breaking New Ground

North East SLA Branch invites everyone to Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books Newcastle - Thursday 23rd May 4.30pm-6.30pm

Speakers include Nadia Shireen, author-illustrator of Billy and the Beast; Michael de Souza, creator of Rastamouse; Na’ima B. Robert, author of She Wore Red Shoes; and Karl Nova, poet and author of Rhythm and Poetry , winner of the CliPPA 2018.

More details on the branch page

Breaking New Ground

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Information Book Award: Shortlist Announced

We are incredibly excited to announce the titles that create the shortlist for the information Book Award 2019. 

Those titles are: 

Up to 7  

  • Dogs in Space, Vix Southgate and Iris Deppe

             Wren & Rook                   978 1 5263 6057 1

  • Hello, Horse, Vivian French and Catherine Rayner

              Walker                           978 1 4063 4994 8

  • The Usborne Book of Night Time, Laura Cowan and Bonnie Pang

                Usborne                         978 1 4749 3660 6

7 to 12

  • The Atlas of Heroes, Sandra Lawrence and Stuart Hill

                Big Picture Press                978 1 78741 260 6

  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, Patricia Valdez and Felicita Sala

                 Andersen                           978 1 78344 741 1

  • Mary and Frankenstein, Linda Bailey and Júlia Sardà

                   Andersen                          978 1 78344 679 7

  • When the Whales Walked, Dougal Dixon and Hannah Bailey

                Words & Pictures                978 1 912413 95 9

12 to 16

  • Politics for Beginners, Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell and Kellan Stover

                   Usborne                                978 1 4749 2252 4 

  • The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, Peter Frankopan and Neil Packer

                    Bloomsbury                          978 1 4088 8993 0

  • Suffragette: The Battle for Equality, David Roberts

                   Two Hoots                             978 1 5098 3967 4


You can access the lesson activities and Voting for the Children's Choice Award here: https://www.sla.org.uk/information-book-award-2019.php

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Reading and football

If your students are down after the FA cup final tomorrow, remind them that the Women's World Cup takes place between 7 June and 7 July 2019. During the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, the National Literacy Trust will be publishing a ‘live’ story written by author Tom Palmer.

There will be three chapters published on the NLT’s website each week during the tournament, following events on and off the pitch. The story can be read in class or at home and is aimed at children aged 8 to 14.

The first chapter will be published on 20 May in the lead-up to the tournament.

Sign up here.


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