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FREE world news newspaper for KS3 and KS4.

The chances are that for many young people today newspapers are either something that exist in other households but not their own or they are gossip columns with very little international news.

Which is why Newsademic exists – for it is an international newspaper written and edited for KS 3 and KS 4 students.

To date we have over 30,000 readers – which is why we know there is a demand for such a publication. 

It is also why we are happy to offer a free two month subscription to the paper.  We know that schools that see it, like it.

The publication supports the PSHE, History, Geography, Science, English and RE curricula though its focus is on international news events that shape and affect the world that we all live in today.

Newsademic carries no advertising. Neither does it feature articles about television, sport, computer games, pop music or celebrity culture.

The newspaper is distributed fortnightly as a PDF file by email or as a download. Although it can be read on screen it is designed to be printed out and read as a paper copy. An intranet licence allows all students to access an HTML searchable version of Newsademic via their school network. Two levels of activities, based on some of the featured articles, accompany each issue.

Annual subscription rates start at £24.00 and schools can photocopy any part of the newspaper as many times as they wish for use within their school.

To subscribe free of charge for two months please go to: www.newsademic.com/promo/h0112

For more information visit www.newsademic.com

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Great new posters for National Libraries Day

Library LionWe have just launched a new set of four downloadable posters to promote National Libraries Day. These fabulous designs using artwork kindly supplied by Walker Books should help you to spread the word about National Libraries Day on 4 February 2012.

Put a roar into your reading and Shout About Libraries!

Download all four for free from our National Libraries Day page...

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School Libraries Get Thumbs Up In Ofsted Guidance

Support from Ofsted for the role of school libraries and librarians:

"Around the school, an attractive and well-stocked library is often an indicator of effective support for pupils’ wider reading and information retrieval skills. In secondary schools, an enthusiastic librarian often raises the profile of reading and provides good opportunities for pupils to share their views on books and widen the range of authors and genres they experience."

See the full report at Reading, Writing, Communication (Ofsted, 2011).

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Festival of Voices 2012

The Festival of Voices - run by the National Association of Primary Education (NAPE) - is an opportunity for schools to take part in a celebration of singing.  The festival is open to Years 4, 5 and 6 and is an opportunity for children to come together for a rehearsal and then to perform in a professional arena to their friends and family.  Schools can choose which children take part:  there may be a choir they wish to bring, or an individual class teacher may bring a whole class regardless of their level of skill.

The Festival unites communities - many different schools participate in the event.  In the Olympic year, there is a cultural Olympiad theme and children taking part will learn some inspiring and encouraging songs, with the sportsmen and sportswomen who are participating in the Olympics and Paralympics in mind.  We are fortunate to have permission to sing "The London Games" by Jeff Barnes, which won the BBC London 2012 Anthem competition.  There will also be guest performances to inspire the children.

The Background
NAPE is a long-standing association promoting creativity in schools and outstanding classroom practice with children at the heart of learning.  We are a partnership between parents, teachers, school, governors, education officers and entire school communities.


The first national festival was held at the Royal Albert Hall in 1987 with nearly 1,700 children.  In the past there have been FOV's in Cambridge, Norwich, Luton, Bedford, Hatfield, the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Wembley Conference Centre, Blackpool, and Folkestone (for the inauguration of the Channel Tunnel).  The 2012 festival will be the Silver Jubilee of the event!

FOV Letter

RTF document, 312 kB (Can be opened with most word processors)


FOV 2012 Booking Form

Word document, 25 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

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New free poster for NLD

NLD PosterWe have produced a new poster to help you gear up for National Libraries Day on 4 February 2012. It is a free pdf download and is intended for printing out at good quality resolution at A4 size or larger.

Download "Explore New Horizons" and get more information at our National Libraries Day 2012 subpage.

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New Vacancy for a school librarian

The  Job Vacancies section on the SLA website has been updated with  a new vacancy for a librarian at Guiseley School, Leeds

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January Reminders from SLA

Just a couple of quick points that may have been overlooked in the return to work and the rush of a new term…

SLA Board Members – the nominations close on 1st February, for more details and the nomination form see the SLA People part of the website - http://www.sla.org.uk/sla-people.php

World Book Day - request for ideas deadline approaches on 16th January – check our blog for details - http://www.sla.org.uk/blg-request-for-world-book-day-celebration-ideas.php

Don’t forget to visit us at the Learn Live session at 10.15 on Thursday morning if you are at the BETT 2012 show – for more details see the website.

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Edublog Winner

“Superstar teacher librarian Joyce Valenza is this year's winner of the Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award for her tremendous contribution to the world of ed tech". These words introduce the interview by Debra Lau Whelan to Joyce Valenza, published in School Library Journal on Dec. 19, 2011 (available at URL: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/newsletters/newsletterbucketextrahelping2/893101-477/interview_rock_star_librarian_joyce.html.csp).

Congratulations, Joyce, for your well deserved award and inspirational posts! 
The full list of Edublog winners is available on the website.

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