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Teaching Skills for School Library Staff: Bridgwater, Somerset, 18 November 2015

Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held at Resources for Learning, Parkway, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 4RL on 18 November 2015. The closing date is 4 November 2015. Bookings received by 21 October 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Limited places available - book now to avoid disappointment!

Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills

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Teaching Study and Research Skills Day

Birmingham University is offering a free course on Teaching Study and Research Skills on Thursday 9 July 2015. It 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 FREE place and for an outline of the day go to:


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Job Vacancies: Writhlington School, Bath - Librarian

Salary £19,742 – £24,472 pro rata

Actual Salary £17,794.80 - £22,058.26

37 hours per week - term time plus 2 weeks

Are you passionate about encouraging children to read?

This is an exciting opportunity for a vibrant and creative person to promote reading in our school.  Central to the role is supporting students to improve levels of literacy through use of our school library.

Our ideal candidate:

  • will have inspirational plans to ensure the area becomes an educational, exciting and desirable place for students
  • will work closely with all teachers to promote the library as a valuable educational resource
  • will have a love of literature and an ability to engage with and inspire all young people
  • will be confident in working with small groups of students to improve reading
  • will be responsible for the administration, promotion and upkeep of library resources
  • will be pro-active in ensuring that the library resources meet the teaching and learning needs of the whole school community

You will be a self-starter with initiative, confidence and the ability to engage with young people in a positive manner.  Previous experience of working with young people is desirable.

You will be committed to your own personal development and be ready and able to take advantage of the training programmes offered at Writhlington School.
A full Job Description and application can be found on our website at:


or can be downloaded here:

Application Form Support_1112

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Closing date for applications:  16:00 on Monday 6 July 2015

Interviews will be held: Friday 10 July 2015 (References will be sought prior to interview)

Email:  info[at]writhlington.org.uk

Tel:  01761 433581

Writhlington School, Radstock, Bath BA3 3NQ

Writhlington School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

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Job Vacancies: Roundhay School - Learning Resource Leader

Term time only + 15 days; 08.00 – 16.30

From October 2015

Pay scale: SO2

Governors are seeking to recruit an inspirational, dedicated and flexible Learning Resource Leader who is willing to go the 'extra mile' on behalf of students and staff, to join our 'outstanding' team. We are proud, as a truly comprehensive school reflecting the cosmopolitan make up of Leeds, to have been recognised by Ofsted as an 'outstanding school' which is 'all about its students' where 'staff ensure that each one, regardless of background or ability, is given every opportunity to shine'

As information, media and technology have undergone massive change it is vital our students are equipped with the skills of independent learning in order to become successful life long learners. Our Learning Resource Leader needs to be at the forefront of this vision and to continue to promote and develop this vision practically so that students from Reception to Year 13 adapt to new and relevant technologies capably and continue to love reading. In our third year of being an all-through school the opportunities for developing learning resources and information literacy are fantastic. Collaboration is key to success also, both with pupils, the community and staff. The Learning Resource Leader would be working with the Literacy Leader and the Assistant Headteacher: Learning & Teaching to promote whole school learning for the future, whilst continuing strong links with departments and year teams.

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative and hardworking Learning Resource Leader who shares our passion to improve all that we do.

Application Deadline:  9.00am on Wednesday 8th July 2015

For further details and an application pack please visit www.roundhayschool.org.uk

or dowload here:

LRL Job Pack 2015 2

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Application Form Non Teaching Mar 14

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School Library Camp Manchester-Saturday, 11 July 2015

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
Saturday, 11 July 2015 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

School Librarycamp is a user generated unconference for people interested in school library services. At a librarycamp the participants lead the agenda – in fact, there isn’t an agenda until people make suggestions for what they’d like to talk about at the start of the day.

It’s free to attend and there are no keynotes speakers. It’s open to anyone with an interest in developing school library services whether you work, volunteer, teach, use, or are a parent/guardian of a user or not.

 Please bring a packed lunch or use one of a number of eateries are nearby. As at previous Library Camps, donations of baked goods for the group to share are most welcome (and particularly skilled bakers may be rewarded with a prize!)

 The event is free to all, supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, though donations to Book Aid International (www.bookaid.org/) will be welcomed on the day.

 Any questions? Please contact Darren on dflynn[at]dixonsaa.com

Or go here for more information:


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School Library Camp Midlands-Saturday, 11 July 2015

Following last year's succesful event at Malvern we decamp to the University of Derby for School Library Camp - Midlands Saturday, 11 July 2015!

Library Camps are a user-generated unconference for people who work in, use, study or are just interested in libraries. There is no set agenda – instead attendees are invited to ‘pitch’ the sessions they want to be a part of. 

Tickets are available, for free, now!

School Library Camp is:

  • a user-generated unconference
  • open to anyone interested in school libraries
  • free to attend


  • Bring your own tea and coffee or use the on-site vending facilities
  • Bring your own lunch
  • Feel free to bring cake to share, it's a library camp after all

How to find us: Travel directions.

More travel, parking and public transport information coming soon.

Pitch your Ideas here: Session pitches. 

Getting Social: the hashtag for this event is #schoollibrarycampmidlands2015

Come join the conversation!

Do you have questions about School Library Camp - Midlands? Contact Sonja Bredgaard, Karin Carter and Carl Cross

More info and booking here:


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Job Vacancies: Libraries and Literacy Teacher Training Volunteer - Link Ethiopia

Link Ethiopia is a charity dedicated to changing lives in Ethiopia through education. We achieve this through projects tailored to the needs of schools and by building partnerships between UK and Ethiopian schools, which encourage young people to learn about each other and work together.

We are looking for volunteer teacher trainers and/or librarians to join our passionate team in Ethiopia. The placement is for 8 months from October 2015 to May 2016 with the possibility of a mid-year break. We will meet the cost of your return flight and accommodation while on placement.

This position would suit both newly-qualified and experienced teachers or librarians who are fluent in English.

You would be working under the guidance of our Project Manager as part of a small, friendly team. You will be responsible for training and mentoring in-service early grade English teachers and school librarians as part of our Libraries and Literacy project. As a teacher trainer, you will have the opportunity to improve the literacy and lives of thousands of children in this fast-developing country. You will see the impact of your work through regular monitoring and support visits to schools and improved literacy levels among young children.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are ideal for this role by noon on 31/07/2015 by the link provided or to rory[at]linkethiopia[dot]org.

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Primary librarian vacancy in Bristol

For details of a great post for anyone looking to pursue children's librarianship as a career please click the link below! This is a post in a primary school and a qualificatio is not mandatory. The closing is date is the 25th June 2015.


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Carnegie and Greenaway winners announced!

Real - life historical adventures have inspired both winners of the 2015 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards, announced today,at a ceremony in London’s British Library.

Tanya Landman’s Buffalo Soldier, was inspired by the true story of former slave Cathy Williams, who was the only known African-American woman to enlist in the US army, under the guise of a man,serving for three years before her true identity was discovered.

The Kate Greenaway Medal, awarded for an outstanding illustrated book for children, was won by author and illustrator William Grill for his non-fiction account of Ernest Shackleton’s epic crossing of Antarctica in Shackleton’s Journey

For more information please click here

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June news and events

Horrid HenryWhat a busy month June is!  The Weekend Course (last weekend) does take up quite a bit of the time making sure everything is in place, i’s dotted and t’s crossed!  But there is so much else happening around us all it is quite a problem to keep up to date! So here goes on a ‘catch up’ and ‘heads up’ for June – I do hope it proves useful!

Softlink published the 2015 UK School Library Survey – the first in an annual series, we hope.  There were some highlights included in delegate packs at the Weekend Course but for those not able to attend the main points from the Executive summary are –

  • 54% of schools feel their library is not adequately funded.
  • 36% of schools receive £5,000 or more for their library budget.
  • 52% of schools library budget has not changed from previous years.
  • 68% of school libraries have experienced no change in staffing levels from previous years.
  • One third of UK school library staff work term time only.
  • Teaching staff interaction with the library is one of the top challenges for librarians. Other highlighted challenges include reduced physical space for the library and competing with other school activities.
  • The top priority for school libraries in 2015 is to raise the profile of the school library.
  • Implementing eBooks and using online resources is a growing requirement for school libraries.

2015 UK School Library Survey Report

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None of which is probably a surprise to those of us in the midst of the profession, but it is really good to have a headline document that sets it all out so clearly and on an annual basis.

The Weekend Course was very well received and we shall be publishing as many of the presentations as we are able to in the coming weeks – watch the website for more details.  Meanwhile to get a flavour of the course do have a look at the illustrated Storify Bev Humphrey put together for us - thank you Bev.  I also want to record our great thanks to our Weekend Course sponsor MLS – they have been a great support to us for the last three years, plus I am delighted to announce that they are continuing their support for another three years.  This support enables us to book speakers we could not get otherwise, and also allows us to have entertainment to relax with  in the evening.  Thank you to all at MLS!

There are a plethora of live stream events with authors this month.  Hachette Children’s have the wonderful Francesca Simon talking about ‘Horrid Henry’. This will take place on Wednesday 24 June 2015, 10.30am GMT and is suitable for KS1 & KS2 pupils. The free event will be streamed live into schools and libraries across the country (and even the world!) from Children’s Authors Live and will last approximately 45 minutes to one hour.  Also, Jacqueline Wilson will ‘Celebrate the Victorians’ at 2-2.30 on 23rd June, sign up at Puffin Virtually Live website.  Also on 23rd June Lauren Child is talking about Ruby Redfort from 10.30 for 1 hour – sign up on the Ruby Redfort website.

For those wanting to know more about Information Literacy try the University of Birmingham’s Teaching Study and Research Skills on Thursday 9th July at 9.30am – 4.30pm (with an optional 30 minute tour of the Main Library at 4.30pm).  This free event is run by Subject Advisors and Learning Advisors from Library Services will teach you to teach these valuable skills to your students.  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 FREE place and for an outline of the day go to the Eventbrite page.

Finally, back for a second year, our friends at National Book Tokens are giving away the ultimate prize for one lucky school - £5,000 of National Book Tokens. To sweeten the deal, you'll also get £100 for yourself!  Enter before 31st July on the National Book Tokens website. 

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Betjeman Poetry PrizeFounded in 2006 to mark the centenary of the former Poet Laureate John Betjeman’s birth, the Betjeman Poetry Prize aims to foster creativity in young people whilst discovering and encouraging the next generation of British poets. We also procure funding to send as many professional poets as we can to visit pupils in schools.

We are thrilled to announce that this year's judges are the poet A.F. HARROLD and the children’s author LAUREN CHILD, and that there's been a new development in our partnership with St Pancras International. The winner of the 2015 BPP will be crowned St Pancras Laureate for the year.

The deadline for all poems is midnight on 31st July.

Find out more at www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk

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Job Vacancies: King Edward VI College Stourbridge - Assistant Librarian

Salary £15045 - £17192 pa dependent on experience

This permanent post is full time, and term time only. The post holder will be responsible for supporting the Librarian in managing the provision of a comprehensive library services to all users. The successful candidate will be expected to work flexibly across all relevant library-related processes and services in order to fulfil the requirements of the post. It is essential for the post holder to have previous experience of library work and a relevant qualification (or working towards) in library and information services.  Experience of working in an educational environment would be desirable, as would previous experience in a management role. 

The college is committed to the continued professional development of all staff.

Further details and an application form may be obtained from the College:

Telephone: 01384 398100, Email: diane.edwards[at]kedst.ac.uk or via the College website: www.kedst.ac.uk

CVs cannot be accepted.

Closing date for applications is 4pm Monday 29th June 2015

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Job Vacancies: The Holt School - Learning Resource Centre Manager

To start September 2015

37 Hours a week.

We wish to appoint a first class librarian to manage the day to day operation of the Learning Resource Centre. As well as providing curriculum support to staff and pupils you will be responsible for raising the profile of the library and promoting reading across the school, giving guidance and advice to students and staff creating an environment that promotes the learning ethos of the school.

Further information and the Support Staff application form can be downloaded from our school website http://www.holtschool.co.uk/the-school/staff-vacancies

The Holt School 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 candidate will be subject to a full Disclosure and Barring check.

Closing date: Noon on Friday 3rd July 2015

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GRADE 7 or 8 (qualification dependent) £17,289 or £19,621 per annum

37.5 hours per week (there is flexibility; this post may suit two part-time workers)

This is a term time only post.  Start date 1st September 2015.

A creative, self-motivated and highly organised individual with a vision for how a library can enhance learning in the 21st century is required to enable our current comprehensive library service to move to the next stage of development. The ability to inspire and challenge readers of all ages is essential, as is the enthusiasm and energy to operationally manage an effective library resource centre within a rapidly changing IT environment.

In fulfilling the requirements of the post, the librarian/resource centre manager will demonstrate essential professional characteristics, and in particular create and develop the vision for how learning can be supported and extended.

FCC Librarian Job Description

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Visits are warmly welcomed. Nona Lewis (Assistant Head teacher), would be pleased to discuss this post with anyone wishing to contact her on nolewis[at]fcc.oxon.sch.uk

FCC Librarian Person Spec

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Please apply by sending your application form by noon Thursday 25th June 2015 to cacooper[at]fcc.oxon.sch.uk

Due to this post having access to children, candidates will be required to undertake a DBS Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

For further details please see our website www.fcc.oxon.sch.uk or email Carol Cooper cacooper[at]fcc.oxon.sch.uk

Closing date: Thursday 25th June 2015

Interview date: Friday 3rd July 2015.

FCC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

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Job Vacancies: Cokethorpe School: Librarian




Cokethorpe School

HMC co-educational Day School

  • Librarian required as soon as possible

Cokethorpe School is an independent HMC day school for 660 boys and girls, set in beautiful parkland near Witney, in Oxfordshire. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Librarian who will develop and promote the Library and facilitate independent learning and a love of reading.

This is a full time term time only (+ 5 days) position, working Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

For more information on the post and an application form, please visit the School website (www.cokethorpe.org.uk/vacancies).  Applications should include a covering letter addressed to the Headmaster, Mr Damian Ettinger, explaining your reasons for applying and a Cokethorpe Support Staff Application form. All documents should be emailed to the HR Officer, Mrs Sandy Coles, (recruitment[at]cokethorpe.org). 

Deadline for applications: midday Friday 26 June 2015.  Interviews are likely to be held w/c 29 June 2015.

Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxon OX29 7PU. Tel: 01993 892359.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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The AMORES E-artefacts Competition

This international competition is being held in order to encourage students all over Europe to discover works of children’s literature and use contemporary technologies to help them understand and interpret what they have read. . 
What is an e-artefact? It can be produced in a range of digital formats, but for the purposes of this competition the focus will be solely on video and digital comic strips.   
All interested students are invited to discover their love for literature through digital collaboration and creativity, and enter their e-artefact in the form of a video or digital comic strip in the competition. E-artefacts may be authored by a student or a group of students resident in a European country. The author(s) must be mentored by a teacher. Prior to entering the competition, it is recommended that all entrants familiarise themselves with the competitor guidelines. The e-artefact may be submitted online here. The competition closes on 21 June 2015 at 23:59 CET. 

All e-artefacts will be evaluated by a jury panel composed of experts from various European countries (including Jane Secker, Chair of CILIP ILG), according to clearly defined criteria. The author of the best e-artefact, as judged by the jury panel, will get to travel to Dubrovnik, Croatia, for the award ceremony and the final event of the AMORES project. The event will take place on 18 November 2015 at the Valamar Lacroma Hotel, at the start of the CARNet User Conference CUC 2015. Prizes will also be awarded to two runners-up, while the winner of the competition will have a unique opportunity to attend the final event, accompanied by their mentor, and present the winning e-artefact to the audience, as well as exchange experiences with students from various European countries taking part in the AMORES project

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BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank launch Champions of Change schools programme

BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank have joined forces to create Champions of Change, a unique education initiative tailored for early years, primary and secondary schools, allowing young people to take the lead in fundraising - it's strictly by children, for children!  This is a great opportunity to engage and empower our young people at the same time as making a real difference to the lives of disadvantagedchildren across the UK.

Champions of Change will enable young people to plan and run their own fundraising activities – developing their literacy, numeracy, communication and teamwork skills in a motivating, real-life context. High-quality resources will be available from September to help us deliver the programme, including; fundraising planning tools, lesson plans, videos and activity ideas. 

To find out more and to request a free, limited edition schools rewards kit please visit:https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/championsofchange

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Children's Bookshow 2015

Childrens Book ShowThe Children’s Bookshow is an annual tour of children’s authors and illustrators from the UK and abroad.  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. The Children's Bookshow wants 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.  Booking is now open and you can find full details at The Children’s Bookshow website.


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School Resources - 2015 Summer Reading Challenge

StickersWebYou will find a wide range of free downloads to support and enhance the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 in your school. This year the Reading Agency are delighted to announce that they are working with Guinness World Records ™ (GWR) and the theme is Record Breakers

The school resources pack is now available for you to download. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and great for end of term lessons.

Get your class and school community ready for the Challenge and excited about going to the library, reading and sharing books this summer. Download and display the special school poster in your school and share the information leaflets, available in a wide variety of languages, with families.

A special "Record Breakers" trailer that you can use in school will also be available soon.  Scottish and Welsh versions of the pack are also available.

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