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Job Vacancies: Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxon - 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: (recruitment[at]cokethorpe.org). There is no closing date for this role. Applications will be accepted until an appointment has been made and therefore it is advisable to apply as soon as possible. Previous candidates need not apply.
Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxon OX29 7PU, 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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A Children's Illustrator Calendar for 2016 in association with Farms for City Children

Following on from the terrific success of the Peter’s Friends Calendar last year, Peter Sheldon (ex Peters Bookselling Service and Hon YLG member!) has persuaded his illustrator friends to provide illustrations for another calendar for this year. So again, he will be producing a quality, spiral bound, A4 seasonal calendar, with original illustrations from new friends Quentin Blake, Jane Ray, Colin Hawkins and Catherine Anholt, plus our regular friends Michael Foreman, Tony Ross, Ruth Brown and Arthur Robins, with a welcome return for Clara Vulliamy, Anthony Browne, Pat Hutchins and Nicholas Allan.

There is a definite countryside farming theme for 2016, (but sadly no 'scratch & sniff' ), as we are supporting Farms For City Children in their 40th anniversary year with all profits from the sale of calendars going to their charity.

There will be a charge of £6.95 per copy including p&p, and distribution will take place by the end of November. If you would like to order a copy/copies (perfect for Christmas Presents! ), then please contact Anne Marley by 23rd October deadline with your requirements .

You need to email: anne.marley[@]tiscali.co.uk. Please either send a cheque with your order (payable to E.A. Marley) to 8 Bolderwood Close, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh SO50 8PG  - for BACS details please contact anne. You will also have to email me with your name and address and how many calendars you would like to buy. Orders cannot be accepted without payment attached this year, sorry.

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distance learning PG Dip/MA/MSc in Information and Library Management

The distance learning PG Dip/MA/MSc in Information and Library Management has been running successfully at Northumbria University for many years now – and they have many past post-graduates successfully working in a variety of library and information posts throughout the world.  The course is a 2 full year linked award studied entirely at a distance (with 2 optional study days – one per year) – the PG Dip actually takes 16 months to complete, and as their award is linked – students can return to complete the masters part of this qualification within 5 years, or some choose just to take the PG Dip.

The PG Dip and MA/MSCs are CILIP accredited – and there is a small and friendly department who will teach you at a distance.

There are still places available for this year’s study starting in September 2015 – so if you are interested please look at the website for further details

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Join the School Library Association’s Information Book Award team to discover what makes the best information book for your library or classroom, how to choose them and what to look out for. The Information Book Award demonstrates the wealth of fantastic fact books out there that can provide daily inspiration for your pupils. This event will give you loads of tips and practical advice on how to use them in your classrooms across the curriculum as well as for reading for pleasure.

Taking place on 28th September in Bath (at the Guildhall – Brunswick Room on the ground floor) between 4.30-6pm (though may run till 6.30pm to allow good discussion and question time), the session will be introduced by our Chair, Karen Horsfield, who is the manager of the Somerset SLS.  There will be a session from Jane Walker, Macmillan Publishers, on the job of creating good information books from the publishers perspective, referencing their winner last year. We have Jayne Gould, a judge and Primary school librarian, to talk about using the books in school and Catherine Mackenzie, a judge and librarian at Peters Books and Furniture, on tips and hints for choosing good information books.  Plus Ruth Thomson, author of one of our 2012 winners Terezin, talking about creating a good information book from the point of view of the author.

Tickets cost £25 – please visit http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/ to reserve a place.

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Job Vacancies: Glenthorne High School, Surrey - Library Assistant

Salary:  £14,172 - £16,401 pa depending on experience

36 hours a week, term time plus one week

Required as soon as possible

We are looking to appoint a Library Assistant to assist our Librarian in the development of our Library as a vibrant learning environment used by the whole school community.  You will have excellent communication and inter-personal skills as well as a good knowledge of Word and Excel.  You should also have a passion for reading and be able to share this with pupils throughout the school.

Glenthorne High School can offer you:

  • The opportunity to work in an ‘outstanding’ school.
  • A comprehensive programme of professional development for staff at all levels
  • The opportunity to work with colleagues who have a passion to inspire pupils.

A National teaching and support school with a specialism in the arts, Glenthorne High School is a mixed comprehensive academy based in Sutton, Surrey with 1500 pupils, which has been judged 'outstanding' in all areas by OFSTED. This is a genuine opportunity to join a popular school and become an integral part of the academy's continuing success.

Closing date: 10.00am on Monday 7 September 2015

For an application form and further details please e-mail recruitment[at]glenthorne.sutton.sch.uk or visit our website:


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Job Vacancies: Oakham School, Rutland - LIBRARY ASSISTANT

Sept 2015

An opportunity has arisen to make a vital contribution to a world-class school library and information service. The position will require 27.5 hours per week; four mornings (ideally) plus one afternoon/evening (preferably Wednesday) until 21.00, and weekend work as part of a rota. Working weeks are term time plus 3 weeks of the school holidays as agreed.

School library experience is desirable, although a keen desire to join an exceptional team in providing a highly sophisticated service would also be considered. An interest in and experience of display work would be advantageous. The successful candidate will be passionate about reading and confident in dealing with teenagers in a variety of settings.

Full details are available on our website under ‘Contact Us’. Application form (available on website or on request) to be sent by email (preferred) or post to:

Mrs Claire Betts, Personnel Manager, Oakham School, Choir Close,

Oakham, Rutland LE15 6DR. Tel: 01572 758804

Email: jobs[at]oakham.rutland.sch.uk, Website: www.oakham.rutland.sch.uk

(Closing date 9am on 7 September 2015)

Oakham School is an Equal Opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post,

including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

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The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture celebrates excellence in writing for children.  The 2015 lecture  entitled "Do Not Be Afraid to be Afraid " will be given by Meg Rosoff at 5.00 pm on 10th of September at Homerton College, Cambridge.

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, educated at Harvard and St Martin’s College of Art in London, and worked in New York City for ten years before moving to England in 1989.  She worked in publishing, journalism, politics and advertising before writing How I Live Now (released as a feature film starring Saoirse Ronan in 2013) at the age of 47. Her books have won or been shortlisted for 20 international book prizes, including the Carnegie medal, the Orange first novel prize, the Jugendliteraturpreis in Germany and the National Book Award in America. Picture Me Gone is her sixth novel.  Meg is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London with her husband and daughter.

For more details and to book see http://www.pearcelecture.com     The lectures are free and are funded entirely by donations. Booking is essential.

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Job Vacancies: Electronic Resources Librarian

Radley College is an independent boarding school of 690 boys situated five miles south of Oxford.  Its foundation in 1847 was to offer a different education from that offered by most Victorian public schools.  A strong emphasis was to be put on aesthetics, and the beauty of the campus, the trees and the buildings contributes significantly to the atmosphere.  

There are 120 teaching staff, the majority of which live on campus or in the village with their families.  There are 330 non-teaching staff.  All who live and work on the campus can use the library.  Academic standards are high, with all boys achieving grades A to C at GCSE.  The school has charitable status and fosters close links with the local community. 

The Library

The Library is staffed by a team of two full-time qualified librarians, assisted by two part-time Assistant Librarians who are working towards ACLIP accreditation and two part-time Library Assistants. Candidates for this full-time post are encouraged to hold, or work towards, CILIP chartership.

The Library contains resources in all formats suitable for all ages and interests. We encourage the use of any resource if it can be used to push pupils beyond the existing boundaries of their intellectual or cultural education.  In addition to the specified duties of each post, all members of the department are expected to assist with any task at any time.  There is much encouragement to learn new skills and to develop or innovate aspects of the Library.

The Person

  • Flexible, innovative, able to work harmoniously with a lively team
  • Enjoyment and understanding of working with young people, particularly boys
  • Able to communicate with users who see themselves as part of a large family
  • Desire to deliver strong customer service provision

Working Hours

c40 hours per week, c33 weeks per year.  There is a flexible timetable to cover the Library’s weekday opening hours of 8.00 am to 7.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm.  The post-holder will be required to work one weekday evening each week until 10.00 pm, and two Sundays per term from 1.00 to 6.00 pm.  Other evening work may be required to provide cover if necessary.  All library staff participate in this rota and it is essential that the post-holder be flexible to ensure the smooth working of the team.

Holidays include the normal school holidays for Radley (approximately 17 weeks per annum), although the post-holder will be expected to work for up to two days at the start and end of each term.  

Radley College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.A Disclosure, at the enhanced level, will be requested from the successful applicant but a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining this position.  He/she will also be required to produce original evidence of qualifications.

Further information, including an application form, can be found on the College’s website www.radley.org.uk


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Into Film Festival 2015

Into Film Festival Logo Teal (date) 2015Have you heard about the Into Film Festival – the world’s largest free film and education event for schools and 5 - 19 year olds across the UK, taking place from 4 – 20 November 2015?

The Festival programme supports teachers in delivering the curriculum, across subject areas, in a dynamic and engaging way. It offers all young people wider life experiences and the chance to immerse themselves in the magic of cinema.

  • Attendees will have access to over 2,500 free, curricula-linked events, including:
  • A cinema screening programme of 150+ film choices
  • SEN-accessible screenings
  • Live satellite linked events
  • Industry meet and greets
  • Special speaker and Q&A sessions
  • Career information sessions
  • Filmmaking workshops
  • Masterclasses

Free resources

Education resources that support the delivery of the curriculum will be available for free download, to ensure your experience at the Festival is not only fun but provides learning outcomes too. They’ll let you know more about these closer to the time.

Make a booking

With over 520 venues signed up there’s guaranteed to be some events near you! Bookings open early in September with places available on a first come, first served basis.

Register your interest today for the latest news and to be amongst the first to know when bookings go live.  You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook andYouTube.

In the meantime, add the Festival dates of 4 – 20 November 2015 to your diary!

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Spoons for Africa Appeal

What a difference a spoon makes… Support children in East Africa by donating or buying a spoon.  When real life explorer and education advocate Justin Miles (author of Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids) went to a very remote part of Kenya with NGO ‘Girl Child Network’, he saw children who were delighted to be at school and very happy to be fed. Unlike schoolchildren in the UK, these children were eating with their hands instead of a spoon.
Justin Miles explains the significance of what he saw: “A spoon, a simple spoon, can act as a barrier to contamination and the spread of disease, helping to reduce the number of days out of school due to illness and supporting the eradication of disease - saving lives. “

This school is not a solitary case. Disease is prevalent throughout East Africa and in many other developing countries striving to build an education structure. As resources are stretched, something as simple as using a spoon really does make a huge difference. Starting on 17th August, QED Publishing have agreed to donate at least one spoon to ‘Educate The World’ for every copy of Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids sold. Support the cause by donating or raising awareness for the #SpoonAppeal.

For more information about the organisations and projects mentioned please go to:
NGO Girl Child Network: http://www.girlchildnetworkworldwide.org/
Educate the World: http://www.educatetheworld.org.uk/just-a-spoon-appeal/
Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids: http://bit.ly/1gg13so

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