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Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone!: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, 4 February 2016

Early booking discount deadline - Friday 8th January!

Our course Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone, run by Alec Williams, will be held at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School, Stevenage, Hertfordshire on 4 February 2016. The closing date is 21 January 2016. Bookings received by 8 January 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates working in schools which are not members of the SLA but subscribe to Essex School Library Service, £150 (non- members of either group).  Further reductions are available for a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying delegate). 

Please visit the www.sla.org.uk/regional-courses for full details of the course and booking information.

Key Audience: Primary school staff with responsibility for the school library and/or Literacy

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National Literacy Trust ebook survey

The National Literacy Trust have today published the results of a study they have been conducting in conjunction with RM Books looking at the effects on reading ability and attitude of using ebooks. Forty schools took part and the results are very interesting and informative, this being one of the first and largest studies to examine the impact of digital books on enjoyment of reading. The greatest change was seen in boys, with twice as many boys thinking reading was cool at the end of the project, rising from 34.4% before the start to 66.5% afterwards. The percentage of boys who felt that reading was difficult also dropped from 28% to 15.9%. 

The full study can be accessed here: http://tinyurl.com/gmz2bdj


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The Dangers of Social Media - an SLA perspective!

Being an organisation that uses social media to communicate with our far-flung members it is interesting to be on the other side of it – when it goes wrong for us.

Our President, author Kevin Crossley Holland, was on the Radio 4 programme ‘Today’ last Friday in response to Haruki Murakami’s teenage reading records being leaked to the Press (not by a librarian.) The piece used was very short, with Kevin making two points, both of which have caused some parts of Twitter to become very vocal and critical.  Criticism is no problem – as an organisation we encourage constructive criticism, but, we are also a small organisation without the capacity to necessarily respond to Twitter 24/7.

Kevin Crossley Holland is well aware of the professional librarians Code of Ethics (produced by CILIP) – to which SLA expect all professional librarians to be fully aware, and to practice in their daily work situations.  Kevin is also aware of the difficult situations school librarians can find themselves in – but he is also acutely aware that their overriding drive is for the benefit of their students. School librarians are in loco parentis, so are in a very different position from public or HE librarians and that whilst they certainly protect and defend student's privacy and reading records, there will be times when they use them to guide and help students. Appropriate situations could mean monitoring literacy levels (as in the Accelerated Reader programme), content level or even in a safe guarding capacity.  The SLA Board are confident that Kevin has the wellbeing of school librarians and their students at the heart of everything he says.

Our vision is that the School Library Association is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all. SLA will continue to strive for this – with trained librarians in all schools we know it will make a huge impact.

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Best practice CPD and innovative learning resources available at the Education Show 2016

Ed Show 2016 LogoThe Education Show 2016, the go-to event for CPD and learning resources, will be returning to the NEC, Birmingham from 17 to 19 March 2016.

Each year, the show attracts over 10,000 visitors, from primary, secondary and higher education backgrounds, all offering a wealth of knowledge and experience in their field. Once again, the show will be providing a jam-packed programme of new content, inspiring training and development, and pioneering educational suppliers.

At The Education Show 2016, there is something for everyone. The programme is sure to provide all of the insight you need for a successful career in the world of education, from innovative teaching resources and practices, to educational charities and organisations.

Also new for 2016, the Education Show furthers its mission to provide educators with the highest quality free continuing professional development (CPD) and resources, by partnering with non-profit organisation, the Teacher Development Trust. Whatever your areas of interest, there are plenty of invaluable opportunities to enhance your visit to the show.

To help exhibitors plan their route around the show, the British Educational Supplier’s Association (BESA) will be on hand at the BESA Show Information Point. The association’s knowledge and experience will help visitors to plan their time at the event and ensure they get as much out of it as possible.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.education-show.com.  You can follow [at]EducationShow on Twitter for further news and updates, or join #EdShowChat every last week of the month.

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Announcing an Erasmus+  course and a conference in Thessaloniki in Greece next Autumn

RECIPE - Education Centres & the best practices to prevent Early School Leaving
The overall objective is to explore and enhance the quality and performance of school- REC partnerships and thereby help schools throughout Europe meet the 2020 headline target of reducing early leaving to below 10%. The aim is to do this by progressing a broad, inter-related set of LLP objectives and priorities fo-cused on Priority 1.2.4 for Comenius multilateral pro-jects, i.e. “Reducing early school leaving, improving the learning of students with migrant backgrounds and Roma pupils as well as promoting gender equality and inclusive approaches to learning”.

Through collaboration between partners we intend to develop and disseminate better quality, trans European training and support systems for our target groups of teachers, school leaders, teacher trainers, in all European countries. These systems encompass training courses for both the induction of teachers and for their continuing professional development in relation to the needs of their local communities disadvantaged groups.   NB Funding is usually available to take part in these - see the leaflets below.

Course Leaflet Thessaloniki

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Conference Leaflet Thessaloniki

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Announcing the shortlists for Peters Book of the Year 2016

Pboty2016featThe shortlists, were compiled by Peter's team of librarians, who read and review every book taken into stock. Across the three categories, Picture Books, Junior Fiction and Teen Fiction you will find their favourite publishing from the last 12 months.

They’ve done their bit – now it’s your chance to get involved! Nurseries, schools and libraries across the UK can shadow the awards over spring term 2016, with the help of teaching resources, posters, bookmarks and certificates (available to download here).

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