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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

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Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3: Warwick, 18 June 2014

Our course Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3, run by Alec Williams, will be held at Warwickshire SLS, Unit 11a/b Montague Road, Warwick CV34 5LT on 18 June 2014. The closing date is 4 June 2014.

Key Audience:

School Librarian and library staff; teachers with responsibility for EAL and Special Needs teaching; support staff in libraries and classrooms.

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£5000 to be won for your school library!

BooktokensOur friends at National Book Tokens are giving away the an amazing prize for one lucky school - £5000 of National Book Tokens. To sweeten the deal, you'll also get £100 for yourself!  Enter the competition now

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Discovering Literature - Teachers' notes

BL DickensThe British Library dedicated teachers’ area provides inspirational lesson plans, along with short documentary films and contemporary research, to support the teaching of set texts for GCSE and A Level English students.

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Job Vacancies: Dauntsey's School - Head Librarian

Applications are invited from qualified librarians to run our School library. The successful applicant will have a keen interest in education and children’s literature, in addition to excellent communication and administrative skills.

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Please contact the HR Department for an Application Form via email to m.williams[at]dauntseys.org

Alternatively you may download an application form below or from www.dauntseys.org

Application Form Academic Staff

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Closing date for applications is Friday, 6th June 2014

Dauntsey’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service

The Library is an outstanding feature of our academic provision and is widely used as a place of study and resource centre by all our pupils. The modern, well-equipped building is at the heart of the school campus and the facility, together with the library staff, provides strong support for our teaching and learning programmes.

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iCan with an iPad: Sevenoaks, Kent, 26 June 2014

Our course iCan with an iPad, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Walthamstow Hall School, Holly Bush Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3UL on 26 June 2014. The closing date is 12 June 2014. Bookings received by 5 June 2014 are eligible for a £10.00 discount.

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school library staff, public library staff

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Articles of Association : Why new Articles of Association?

Being an association with a long history it is inevitable that over the years we will have to look at our constitutional documents and bring them into line with the current legislation.  You will be aware that there have been recent major pieces of legislation that have a direct impact on the way charities are governed and how they conduct themselves; plus being a registered company we also have to be in line with the relevant company legislation (i.e. Companies Act 2006, Charities Act 2011).  To bring us up to date we have had the Articles redrafted by our solicitors, Thrings, and approved by the Charities Commission, and now need to ask you, the membership, to approve this redrafting.  This will happen at the AGM under a Special Resolution.

These changes do not change the Objects of the Association – these are our key purpose for existence, but they do give us the opportunity now to offer payment for services to Board members who give services above and beyond the usual duties of a Board member.  In detail, this is covered in Section 7 of the new Articles, and means that if a Board member runs a training course for us, or writes a new Guideline they can be offered a small fee for doing so.  The rest of the document does not change the way membership is structured, or the way branches or meetings are run – it is just brought into line with the new legislation.  

To this end this special resolution will be debated and voted on at the AGM –

THAT the draft articles of association produced to the meeting and, for the purposes of identification, initialled by the Chairman be adopted as the articles of association of the Company in substitution for, and to the exclusion of, the existing articles of association.

If you are unable to attend the AGM please use the proxy form below to register your preference, either by naming a member you know is attending, or by allowing the Chair to vote according to your instructions. The proxy form must arrive at the Association’s Registered Office, 1 Pine Court, Kembrey Park, Swindon SN2 8AD, marked for the attention of Tricia Adams, or sent by email to agm[at]sla.org.uk no later than 13.30 on Wednesday 18th June 2014.  


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Introduction to InFlow Information Literacy Model At MMU

InflowInFlow (Information Flow) is a new model of applied information literacy designed to be integrated within the curriculum. It is based on learning activities which have been successfully adopted by teachers in schools throughout Europe during the iTEC project, and revised and developed further based on feedback from UK librarians. You can view a copy on the website.

This session will introduce the model and suggest some ways in which it might be used by school librarians to devise information literacy sessions and support students in developing creative, collaborative and reflective skills. You will have a chance to put the model into practice by either using it to develop an existing activity or to create a new project from scratch.

Tuesday 8th July 2014, 4.00-6.00pm at Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Rd, M15 6BH . This is a free session, but numbers are limited.  Book a place here now.   For further details, please contact s.mcnicol[at]mmu.ac.uk

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Folk songs in your library?

EFDSDo you have music in your library?  Is your library the hub of cultural activity for your school?  If you have answered yes to either of these questions you may like to be aware of this CPD opportunity from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).  Since September 2013, the EFDSS has been delivering The Full English, a national learning programme involving 19 schools (primary, secondary, SEN) across England, with creative learning projects inspired by The Full English digital archive of folk song, dance, tune and custom manuscripts: these have included dance projects at all key stages, from EYFS to students studying dance at GCSE and IB level.

As part of The Full English, EFDSS is delivering professional development training days for teachers, artists and educators to share expertise in engaging young people with folk music, dance and drama, at venues across England. They will also be sharing The Full English ethos and its learnings at a national showcase conference on 25 June 2014 at Town Hall, Birmingham, featuring performances from the participating schools.

The national showcase conference is entitled From Archives to Action! Making folk arts relevant in schools and beyond is being held in Town Hall, Birmingham on Wednesday 25 June 2014.  An inspirational celebration of high quality folk arts projects in schools. A must-attend event for everyone from the education, cultural and heritage sectors.  Book now and save.  Find out more or watch the You Tube trailer. Other dates and venues are available.

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Hachette Live 1Jonathan Meres is the hilarious author of the award-winning WORLD OF NORM series.  Celebrate the publication of the sixth WORLD OF NORM title: MAY NEED REBOOTING with a FREE virtual event streamed into your classroom on Thursday 05 June 2014 at 10:30am GMT. Suitable for KS2.

First 500 schools to sign up by 31 May to receive a free book!  Find out more at: www.childerensauthorslive.com

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IASL 2014An anticipated event in the calendar of school librarians and school library researchers will occur in August 2014. The 43rd International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) conference and 18th Forum on International Research in School Librarianship will be held in Moscow from 25 – 30 August with the theme: “The school library in the knowledge society: use of cognitive technologies, form creative person”.

The conference is being organised by RUSLA and preparations are in full swing.  On the conference website you can see the preliminary programme.  The conference venue is the Cosmos Hotel and the room rate is very competitive.   

Residents of most countries require Russian visas to enter the country. There is a form available under the Registration tab of the conference website which one can submit to request a Russian visa. Please organise these well in advance. There is also a spreadsheet form for registration including accommodation options, conference tours and payment details. Please consider joining the IASL community for this time of stimulating professional development, an unforgettable experience of Russian culture and international ‘joie de vivre’.

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Teaching Study and Information Skills 2014

Uni BhamThursday 26th June
9.30am – 4.30pm, (with an optional 30 minute tour of the Main Library at 4.30pm)

  • 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 and study 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.

This free event run by Subject Advisors and Learning Advisors from Library Services will teach you to teach these valuable skills to your students.  At the end of this event you will be able to:

  • Help students to understand that a University library will be different from a school/college library
  • Enable students to search the web effectively and critically evaluate the information that they have found
  • Help students to understand the different types of plagiarism and thus enabling them to avoid
  • Appreciate the need to reference and show students how to do this using a consistent and recognised style
  • Provide students with guidance on how to manage their time
  • Help students with structuring an essay and note taking
  • Facilitate your students to visit the libraries at the University of Birmingham

This session is aimed at school/college staff who support year 12 and 13 students. These may be teaching staff, support staff and/or librarians.  For more information or to book a place, please contact: Lisa Anderson on l.anderson[at]bham.ac.uk . Please include in your request: Name, Job title, Institution, Email address.

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Are You Into Film?

Into FilmThe charities FILMCLUB and First Light recently merged to become Into Film, a new film education charity delivering a unique programme of learning through and about film that provides unparalleled free opportunities for learning through film. Furthermore, from April 1st 2014, all state maintained schools in England will be licensed to screen movies under the Public Video Screening License as the Department of Education has acquired licensing on your schools’ behalf.  So, your license is also free. All the more reason to start or revive your club!

This means all you need to do is send Into Film a signed Agreement form from the Head, just to say they approve of the club, and watch the 15 minute online tutorial which runs every week day at 12:30 or 16:00.  As a reminder, absolutely everything they do for state-funded Schools, Academies, and Colleges is completely free. Into Film are fully funded by the BFI and National Lottery to supply all of their resources at no cost.

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Job Vacancies: The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College - School Librarian

37 hours per week, 42 working weeks, + 6 weeks’ paid holiday, pa

Required as soon as possible, a well-qualified Librarian to manage our large, open-plan learning resource centre, and ensure the integration of the Library into the life and work of the school.  The successful applicant will work under the direction of a Deputy Head to ensure that the Library is used to its full potential and provides support to all users of its resources and facilities.  Experience of a similar role would be advantageous. 

This post is offered on salary scale Hay 8 + fringe allowance (£25,453 to £27,884 pro rata ie from £23,382 pa).  A job description and an application form are available from the school and are also on our website www.hertsandessex.herts.sch.uk.

Please send applications to Mrs Cathy Tooze, Headteacher. 

Closing date for applications: midday Monday 2 June 2014 

APTC (Support Staff) Application Form

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The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College

Warwick Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts  CM23 5NJ

Tel: 01279 654127      Fax: 01279 508810

e-mail: admin[at]hertsandessex.herts.sch.uk  

Foundation 11-18 all-ability girls

NOR 1,125.  Sixth Form of 320 includes boys.

“An outstanding school with an outstanding Sixth Form” Ofsted

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Job Vacancies: Harrogate Ladies’ College - School Librarian

Harrogate Ladies’ College seeks to appoint an innovative, creative and well qualified School Librarian who will lead the development of the School’s library service with energy and enthusiasm responding to the needs of a community of boarding and day children from 2-19 years old, based in the College amongst senior girls from age 11-19.

Closing date:          Friday, 16 May 2014
Interviews will take place week beginning:     19 May 2014

To obtain an application pack, please visit our website at www.hlc.org.uk

Application Form 2012

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School LIbrarian Job Description

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Harrogate Ladies’ College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post. The School is an educational charity and equal opportunities employer.

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Course booking deadlines fast approaching!

The booking deadline for Getting the Best from Young People and Adults: Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School Library run by Geoff Dubber at Peters Bookselling Services, 120 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham is on 6th May so make haste and book your place on this invaluable behaviour management training day.

Bev Humphrey leads The E-Reading Revolution at Lytchett Minster School - an unmissable course - and the booking deadline is 7th May. Book now to ensure you get a place!

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SLA Discussion Forum

The Discussion Forum on the SLA website is now up and running - do have a look!! There are already several threads running and some tricky questions asked - please feel free to contribute, either with a question of your own or a much needed answer to one already posted.

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