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New TACCLE Course for 2014

TACC 2014TACCLE sixth in-service training, will run from 6 until 13 April 2014 in Urbino, Italy (reference number: BE-2013-268-001 Session 2 Comenius or BE-2013-267-001 Session 2 Grundtvig) the aim is to help teachers and librarians to develop state of the art content for e-learning in general and for learning environments in particular.  The training is geared to the needs of the classroom teachers but teacher trainers, ICT support staff and resource centre staff may find it useful too!  This course is not aimed at advanced users of ICT.  It is organised by GO!, the state education network in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium

Full details and how to apply for a grant to cover all the costs are on the on line flyer.  Deadline for grant applications with your LLP national agency is September 17th 2013.


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Teaching Study and Information Skills - Birmingham University

  • Exasperated that your students rely on Wikipedia for their essay research?

  • Frustrated that students copy and paste information from the web into their essays?

  • Would you like students to find good quality material from Google?

  • Would you like your students to be able to reference correctly?    

  • Would you like to equip your students with some essential research skills?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions then why not come along to the Teaching Study and Information Skills event on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham on the 19th July 2013.

This free event run by Subject Advisors from Library Services will teach you to teach these valuable skills to your students.

For more information please download their flyer

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New Digital Horizon closing date extended

Quietness CoverThe closing date for our librarians' day – A New Digital Horizon – has been extended to Friday 28 June 2013.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join us on Friday 5 July 2013 at the School Librarians' Day and learn more about e-books and interactive publishing. The day will include talks by Alison Rattle, author of The Quietness, and presentations by representatives from Browns BfS and JCS as well as the opportunity to win a 6” GoTab and purchase books from the BBfS showroom at a generously discounted rate. The cost is just £15pp including lunch and refreshments.

Please visit www.sla.org.uk/course-bookings, email courses@sla.org.uk or telephone the SLA office to reserve a place.

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information book poster

IBA posterThe eye-catching double-sided poster publicizing this year's Information Book Award was included in the Summer 2013 issue of The School Librarian and we have also made it available to download from our website and print yourself.

Don't forget that online voting for schools has now opened so do consider registering your school and participating in choosing the Children's Choice winner from this year's fascinating shortlist.

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Fantastic Jodi Picoult promotion

This summer Hodder and Stoughton are bringing Jodi Picoult to a new generation of readers, and have pulled together a list of six of Jodi’s books that are perfect for teens - My Sister’s Keeper, The Pact, Plain Truth, Salem Falls, Nineteen Minutes and Songs of the Humpback Whale. They are offering A3 posters and bookmarks featuring the six titles, and also have reading guides available for each of the books. To request any or all of these items for your library, just email naomi.berwin[at]hodder.co.uk with the number of items you’d like to receive and an address for delivery.

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Winners of Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards

Sally Gardner has won the Carnegie medal with Maggot Moon - see the article in the Guardian here . Illustrator Levi Pinfold has won the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal for his second picture book, Black Dog.

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Information Book Award Voting opens today!

IBA Pick Winner

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Don't forget - the voting for the Information Book Award Children's Choice categories opens today.  You need to have registered your school - a very simple process - on our website.  Then you can record the Children's Choices for your school - voting closes on 17th September 2013

We have produced some ideas that you can use to help kickstart your activities with the award.

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Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity is once again inviting primary school teachers to step into the unique world of Roald Dahl with their school chiddlers, and register now for 2013’s Dahlicious Dress Up Day.

Friday 27th September 2013 is the PRESS RELEASE 1 June 2013 Dahlicious Dress Up Day Abrahim Case StudyDahlicious Dress Up Day and primary school children across the UK are being asked to donate just £1 to dress up as a Roald Dahl character.  From Willy Wonka to Matilda, The Witches and the Twits, there are plenty of phizz-whizzing folk to choose from Roald Dahl’s stories, which are loved by millions of children all over the world.

The money raised will go help fund much needed specialist children’s nurses, and provide support and equipment for children with rare, severe conditions. Last year’s event raised over £92,000 to help seriously ill and disabled children with rare, severe conditions, such as Abrahim (pictured).

Abrahim is six years old and has spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He cannot move or use his legs at all, and will be a lifelong wheelchair user. Like any other child his age, Abrahim wants to play and have fun, but misses out on lots of activities at school and at home. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity has helped to contribute toward the cost of a new custom made mobility trike for Abrahim. Now it’s a lot easier for him to steer, and being hand propelled, will help Abrahim develop strength in his upper body too.

Roald Dahl’s widow Felicity is a huge supporter of this event which encourages children’s creativity as a way of raising funds for the charity. “Roald championed children in his stories, such as Matilda rising up against Miss Trunchbull. Roald also quietly went about doing what he could to help seriously ill children and their families, for example, by paying for wheelchairs and pioneering new forms of treatment.  The Dahlicious Dress Up Day is a wonderful way for children to be inspired by Roald, and to help to make life a little better for seriously ill and disabled children.”

Taking part in the Dahlicious Dress Up Day to raise money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity is easy. If you work in a school, you can sign up for an event pack at www.roalddahlcharity.org/schools, email schools@roalddahlcharity.orgor call 01494 890465 to speak to a friendly human bean. If you are a sparky parent, why not ask your school to take part?

If your school registers online before Monday 22ndJuly 2013, you will also be entered into a prize draw to win a free story telling session with a fantabulous visit from our sister charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

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Jodi Picoult

To celebrate the paperback publication of Jodi Picoult's Between The Lines, Hodder and Stoughton are on a mission to bring Jodi's novels to the next generation!

They've hand picked a selection of her best novels that are just perfect for teen readers... and are giving away a complete set to five lucky entrants! What's more, one grand prize winner will recieve a selection of books AND £100 of Topshop vouchers!

Good luck!

p.s Giveaway is open to UK fans only.

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Children's Bookshow 2013

Childrensbookshow Com 063The Children’s Bookshow is an annual tour of children’s authors and illustrators from the UK and abroad.  The aim is to delight and inspire children with great poems, beautiful illustrations and gripping storytelling. Achieving this will help teachers provide their students with a rich and exciting experience of literature and create the readers and writers of tomorrow.

The national tour brings some of the best children’s authors from the UK and abroad to local theatre venues and gives teachers and school children the opportunity to hear world-class artists talk about their work. Authors and artists are passionate about what they do. We want to give children the opportunity to see, hear and connect with that passion so that they are inspired to see themselves as readers and authors in their own right.

In 2012 the tour reached  6302 children and teachers (ranging from KS1 to early KS3) across 12 venues spread across England - Bexhill to Newcastle, Hereford to Kings Lynn.  Plus the tour  offered over 1300 of the children the opportunity to work with an author, poet, storyteller or illustrator on their own creative work through our workshops, with the added benefit of a book to take home as a free gif.  In total, over 1500 copies of books by our featured authors were bought as well as organising bookstalls at all the events that generated further sales.  The 2013 tour details are on the website.

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The Enemy - Competition

EnemyHave your students checked out the new Charlie Higson trailer competition?  Give it a look on the website!

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Help a South African school

The DayThe Day is an online news service for schools, used by over 650 schools and half a million students in the UK and beyond.  Their team of national newspaper journalists covers the most interesting stories in the news each day and provides analysis, background, curriculum and research links, activities and debate topics to bring current affairs to life in the classroom.  They would like to hear from school leaders, teachers and support staff about how we can best match our service and communications to the needs of schools.
Please help by completing this very short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RL8CBCC)
As a thank you, for every completed survey they’re donating £1 towards a subscription to The Day at New Forest High School, a South African school serving students from townships in the Durban area. They are also giving away £50 in Amazon vouchers to one randomly selected individual who completes the survey.  If you would like to hear more about our service please contact Tom Rendell, Commercial Director, on tom@theday.co.uk or call 0207 727 6959.


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