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Wendy Cooling wins Eleanor Farjeon Award

Wendy CoolingWendy Cooling, founder of Bookstart, and former member of the SLA Executive Committee has won this year's prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award. 

Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) grew up in a house filled with books, and she and her brothers enjoyed reading stories to one another and writing their own.

She is perhaps best remembered as the author of Elsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep, Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard, and The Little Bookroom, but announcing the award at the Unicorn Children's Theatre, Ann Harvey reminded guests of Farjeon's play-writing.

Eleanor Farjeon won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Carnegie Medal for The Little Bookroom.  The Children's Book Circle established the Eleanor Farjeon Award in her memory.

Wendy Cooling has been a teacher, the Head of Children's Book Foundation and was integral in the development of the Bookstart programme. She is a leading authority on children's books and literacy. She regularly works with the community, appearing on television and radio, to consult on educational literary matters and is a well-known freelance children's book consultant.

At the announcement Wendy talked of her amazement at winning the award, saying that at school she was too naughty to win prizes. She paid tribute to her school librarian who had moved her on from her usual book choices by giving her Lord Jim to read, opening her eyes to what a book could really do.


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Curriculum for Excellence launches toolkit for librarians

The Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland has launched an online toolkit for headteachers, library managers and librarians. It is intended to help librarians focus on the impact they can have on A Curriculum for Excellence within their school and how they can help schools and individual departments to deliver the values, purposes and principles of A Curriculum for Excellence. School Library Service managers can use this kit to inform individual school librarians and help them to focus on what A Curriculum for Excellence means for them and how they can start to develop their role in delivering the new curriculum.

A Curriculum for Excellence sets out the Scottish Executive's vision for transforming Scottish education by 2007. It seeks to establish the values, purposes and principles of education in Scotland for children and young people between the ages of 3 and 18.

The curriculum should enable young people to become:

  • successful learners
  • confident individuals
  • responsible citizens
  • effective contributors

The purpose of the programme is to improve the learning, attainment and achievement of young people in Scotland. It's also about ensuring that pupils achieve on a broad front, not just in terms of examinations. It is important to ensure that children and young people are acquiring the full range of skills and abilities relevant to growing, living and working in the contemporary world. They will enjoy greater choice and opportunity to help them realise their individual talents.


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