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Job Vacancies: Cedars Upper, Bedfordshire - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

32.5 Hours per week

NJC Scale 4E points 25-28 £22,658 - £24,964 FTE

Term Time Only + 2 Weeks

September 2017 start

Cedars Upper is a popular and high-performing school of 1200 students.  We were graded as ‘good’ in all aspects by Ofsted in September 2013 and we are determined to now strive for ‘outstanding’.

Over the past two years we have invested over £2.5 million in new sporting, music, IT and vocational facilities.  We have excellent sporting facilities including a brand new full size 3Gpitch and an indoor climbing wall.

We are looking to appoint an innovative and enthusiastic Librarian to work in our highly regarded and well developed Library.  Our school has a strong and vibrant reading culture, with regular author visits and celebrations for World Book Day.

The successful candidate will manage the full resources provided by the Library, supervise and support students in their learning, and provide a distinct service to the teaching and learning of the students.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional communicator, have good ICT skills with excellent knowledge of library systems.  They will build on the excellent provision already in place and further develop the library into a thriving learning centre.

Further details of the post are available on request.  Please visit our website www.cedarsupper.org.uk/Librarian or email recruitment[at]cedarsupper.org.uk to get more of an idea of what the school has to offer and to download an information pack and application form.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post.

The closing date for applications is 9.00am on Monday 10 July with interviews to take place later that week.

We operate a safer recruitment policy.

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winners of Wicked Young Writers Award announced

 THE 2017 WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS today announced its winners during a ceremony involving over 115 shortlisted finalists and their families and teachers at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the award-winning musical WICKED.Amongst this year’s finalists were consciously crafted stories, poems and non-fiction pieces of writing. The brave and honest writing showed a hopefulness for the world and understanding of the importance of empathy and the need to give a voice to issues that concerned them, including mental illness, dementia, kindness to strangers, hope in adversity, forced marriage, the importance of community in the digital age and the value of education to change the world and help us feel compassion.

Now it its 7 th year, the Awards encourage young people aged 5-25 years to use writing as a way of expressing themselves, producing unique and original pieces of prose and poetry. Over 25,000 young people have entered the Awards since they began in 2009, with this year seeing the fastest growing level of entries to date. Over 600 primary and secondary schools and colleges entered this year’s competition from all over the UK with a particularly impressive rise in entries for the 8-10 and 18-25 categories.

Championed by Patron, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, this year’s judges included former Labour MP, Ed Balls, ITV News Arts Editor, Nina Nannar and the acclaimed performance poet and writer Laura Dockrill. Author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell, returned as Head Judge for the third consecutive year, together with long-standing judges Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust and Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of WICKED. Anna Bassi, Editor of The Week Junior is also a guest judge for the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction.Gaby Roslin, TV and radio presenter, hosted the ceremony with prizes presented by Head Judge Cressida Cowell and the panel of prestigious judges.

Cressida Cowell said of the winners, “This year, my fellow judges and I read poems and stories addressing really big issues - mental illness, hope in adversity, kindness to strangers and the value of education. There was an incredible range of styles and an array of brilliantly original voices, but they all had this in common - they made us as judges feel something.”

Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust said, “Every year I am moved by the incredible writing of the children and young people who enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards – and this year was no exception. Children tackled incredibly difficult subject matters with originality, creativity and an undeniable sense of hope buoyed by the good that can come out of bad situations. Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s awards and congratulations to the worthy winners! We hope that the Awards will continue to inspire children and young people to give their thoughts, ideas and passions a voice.”

WICKED cast members also performed songs from the hit musical including the popular ‘For Good’, as well as readings of the winning entries, which were revealed as:

5-7 Category:

Winner: Adam Rafael Holmes, 7, from Islington, London for Auntie Helen has gone to heaven

(This is an honest and heartfelt poem about life and death. Thoughtful, playful and positive about death and a celebration of life).

Runner-up: Rosa Little, 6, from Botley, Oxford for The Four Seasons

(A poem about the seasons full of imaginative description and inventive use of words language. It also features a unique and heartfelt welcome to refugees).

8-10 Category:

Joint winner: Iona Mandal, 10, from Birmingham for Indigo’s Adventures With Love

(A sophisticated and lyrical meditation on the nature of love, both tangible and abstract.)

Joint winner: Miranda Tansley, 10, from Tunbridge Wells for The Suffragettes of Tunbridge Wells.

(This story breathes life into a true episode from the frontline of the Suffragette movement).

11-14 Category:

Winner: Isla Siggs, 13, from Eastbourne, for A Spot of Bother

(A grisly tale! A meticulously detailed history of a truly disgusting spot that simply will not be defeated).

15-17 Category:

Winner: Julia McGrattan, 17, from Hemel Hempstead for Perfectly Unstable

(A brave, brilliantly executed, short story tackling a difficult subject of mental health. A calculated deception or the beginning of decent into madness. A satisfying twist forces the readers to draw their own conclusions).

Runner-up: Ilana Pearce, 15, from Leeds for Why Don’t You Just Stop?

(This poem is an insightful account of living with OCD, expressed in language and rhythm that reflects the real struggle that sufferers face every day).

18-25 Category:

Winner: Claire Joicey, 22, from Cornhill-on- Tweed for The Attic

(A haunting and atmospheric story told in richly descriptive prose, painting a portrait of sorrow and buried grief).

‘FOR GOOD’ Category:

Winner: Scarlett Rushton, 25, from Chalfont St Peters for Bus 305

(A surprising true story of community and the beauty and importance of connection in the digital age).

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Betjeman Poetry Prizes - deadline approches!

The Betjeman Poetry Prizes closes on JULY, 31. Children's Laureate Chris Riddell and poet Rachel Rooney will sift through the entries to find the 2017 winner. Send in your poems online or by post. betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk for info on how to enter and prizes. Get writing!

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Job Vacancies: Aylward Academy, London - Learning Resources Manager

£27,801 - £29,517 pro rata, £24,621 - £26,140 actual salary

36 hours per week, 42 weeks per year

Aylward Academy is part of London Academies Enterprise Trust (LAET).  Our objective is to provide all students with a first class education. Why? Because we believe that a solid education is vital in today’s world. We recognise that every student has different needs and that it’s our job to meet them. We not only educate students about life, we prepare them for life. Whatever a student’s ambition, we will give them the best possible start.

We are seeking to appoint a creative and enthusiastic School Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Manager who will be responsible for managing the learning environment used by the whole school community in the LRC and the Academy library, “The Book Loft”. You will be responsible for the acquisition, organisation, dissemination and exploitation of resources appropriate to the learning needs of the full age and ability range within that community.

The Learning Resources Centre and ‘The Book Loft’ department consists of two main centres for student learning, benefiting from both traditional and electronic resources. It has a staff of two resource assistants who support the day to day running of the centres. The LRC centre has been created as part of the academy’s new build works and is designed for both 14-19 provisions alongside the use by the community.

If you have the passion, commitment and initiative to join our team, we want to hear from you!

As  the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them.  In each of our academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes.  You will also be entitled to the following benefits: a health cash plan, vehicle affinity scheme, childcare vouchers and Westfield rewards.

This position is required 01 September 2017.  Interviews are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 12 July 2017.

Closing date: Thursday 6 July 2017.

Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.  All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

In line with our safeguarding practices we are unable to accept CV's.

For further information on this position and to make an application please visit: www.hirewire.co.uk.

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. This post will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Further details can be found on our careers page.

AET is recruiting for School Direct placements.  Please visit our website http://www.academiesenterprisetrust.org/our-teaching-school/our-school-direct-teacher-training-vacancies for further details.

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First Story to launch the first National Writing Day on 21st June

First Story, a charity changing young people’s lives through creative writing knows that everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone has found their voice yet. That’s why on the 21st June they are launching the first ever National Writing First StoryDay!

Research has shown that children and young people who enjoy writing very much are eight times more likely to write above the level expected for their age, compared with those who don’t enjoy writing at all (23.2% vs. 3.2%). So, First Story will encourage them all to channel their creativity into the written word on National Writing Day with the campaign ‘View from my Window’. Primarily targeting Secondary schools, the campaign aims to inspire children and young people to start writing and enable them to share their story with the world.

In a society dominated by images and visuals, putting pen to paper allows us to better explore what’s deep in our minds, to reflect who we are. Writing is so much more than what we’re taught in classrooms - it’s a tool for all creative expression.

 ‘View from my Window’ taps into an established technique to help writers get rid of their writer’s block - simply describing the view from their window - and harnessing it to inspire new writers. The campaign kicks off with both influencers and First Story ambassadors sharing what they can see from their window on Instagram and encouraging their followers to do the same, with the hashtag #TellYourStory.

 First Story said: “View from my Window is simple but stacked with creative potential. We’re looking forward to inspiring young writers everywhere.We hope this campaign will encourage children all over the UK to start writing.”

For more information about the range of activities  and resources the  the charity offers check out their website at www.firststory.org.uk/

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Reviews now live on our website!

Only one week now until the Lightbulb Moments:Powered By Librarians conference in Harrogate and we are all very much looking forward to it but as if that excitement was not enough, we also have an important announcement to make: all of the amazing reviews that are published in the School Librarian are now available on this very website! Previously the reviews were only accessible via the printed editions of the magazine but they are now being added to the Publications section so that you can search reviews online. This is a facility that is only available to logged in members and we hope it will prove to be a valuable and useful resource for them. More backdated reviews will be added in the future but already reviews from the last year are available. Please do enjoy browsing the books and authors and let us know if this new section is helpful - we feel this is a big step forward for the SLA!

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Job Vacancies: Sydenham High School - Library and Careers Co-ordinator

Required for September 2017

Term time only plus 2 weeks

£34,497 per annum pro rata

The role

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced Librarian to lead the development, management and effective use of our library and learning resources across both our Junior and Senior Schools.

The successful candidate will also oversee and develop our careers education and guidance programme to help our students realise their career aspirations.

If you have previous experience as a librarian and a love of children’s literature we would be delighted to hear from you.

The Libraries at Sydenham High School

There are separate libraries in both the Junior and Senior School. Homework club takes place in the Senior School Library as well as various literary workshops and author visits.

The Junior School library is known as the Discovery Zone and doubles as a language classroom for French and Latin. Both libraries are well stocked with texts and books that support the main school.

Why Sydenham High School

Sydenham High School is an independent day school for girls aged 4-18 with a long-standing tradition of educating girls, dating back to 1887. The School is part of The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the largest independent school group in the UK, and offers a variety of benefits, which include:

  •  Competitive salaries and pay progression
  •  Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  •  Training grants for qualifications
  •  Generous pension schemes
  •  Free life assurance benefit
  •  Free school lunches
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools

For full details and an application pack please visit:

Alternatively, please contact hr[at]syd.gdst.netor the School Office on 020 8557 7000.

Applications should be received by 12 noon Friday 23 June 2017. 

References for shortlisted candidates will be taken up before interview.

GDST are committed to the safeguarding of children, and child protection screening will apply to this post.

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Job Vacancies: Henbury School, Bristol - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN/LIBRARY MANAGER

37 hours per week, term time only plus 5 Inset days & 5 days
Actual salary range, according to experience
£20,162 - £26,832
From 1 September 2017, an opportunity has arisen for a qualified Librarian to manage our busy Library as a learning resource centre for the school, to support the whole school curriculum.
We are preferably looking for a colleague with at least three years’ experience, but applications from newly qualified Librarians with Library Assistant experience will be welcomed. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills with children and adults, and the ability to motivate others.  Working directly with our students is an integral part of the role.

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Further details and application form available on our website at www.henbury.bristol.sch.uk

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We value a diverse workforce and develop people from all sections of the community.  We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and will require the disclosure of any criminal convictions.

Closing date:  Tuesday 27 June 2017

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Job Vacancies: EAST BARNET SCHOOL, London - School Librarian Part-time ??" 2/2.5 days (job share)

Term-time only – 40 weeks per annum

£27801 - £29517 (per annum, pro rata)

We are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified School Librarian to manage our fabulous library, which has panoramic views of London. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the academic, organisational and inter-personal skills which are necessary to provide our students and staff with appropriate support to enhance learning at all levels of the school.

East Barnet school has an excellent reputation in the local community and we receive a very high number of applications for admission. Our Gold Award from Investors in People indicates the outstanding working conditions we provide for our staff, who are very loyal to the school. The post provides a unique opportunity for a job share with one of our current School Librarians.

For further information visit: www.eastbarnetschool.com  to directly access the application form, job description and further information.  Completed application forms are to be returned to Mrs C Furneaux, Headteacher’s PA.  email: cfurneaux[at]eastbarnetschool.com

We are committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment.  The successful applicant will be required to have a DBS check.

Closing date 22 June 2017

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Job Vacancies: St George’s the English International School, Munich, Germany - Librarian

St George’s School seeks a well-qualified professional to manage and develop our newly established learning resource centre, to begin August 2017

The School

Having opened in September 2013, St George’s School Munich has rapidly developed into a thriving community of over 250 pupils and 35 teachers. The school continues to grow, and as the school matures we expect to reach 800 pupils. The school’s ethos of combining an enriching curriculum with family orientated care makes the school a warm and engaging place to work and learn.

In September 2017, the school will embark on an exciting phase of its development, as it moves to a new, purpose-built campus located in the city. These premises will provide first-class educational facilities for all ages and subject areas.

The National Curriculum is taught throughout the school and we offer IGCSE qualifications to pupils in our Upper School. The school is currently undergoing IB accreditation, and we intend to start teaching the IB Diploma Programme in September 2018.

One of a group of three schools located across Germany, St George’s offers the successful applicant an exciting range of opportunities for professional development and growth across the school group.

The Location

Located on a campus in the vibrant residential district of Schwabing, St George’s School is well connected to the city centre and the greater Munich metropolitan area. The English Garden and Olympic Park both lie a short distance from the school.

Germany’s third largest city, and the capital of the state of Bavaria, Munich is a dynamic and vibrant cultural centre, with a large and diverse international community. Situated on the northern edge of the Alps, Munich offers a high standard of living, as well as numerous opportunities for travel and outdoor pursuits. It is a beautiful and forward looking city where work, rest and play are perfectly balanced.

Munich airport is located 30km from the school, with many daily flights to the UK, and high speed rail services connect Munich to a wide range of European destinations. The city also provides an extensive transport system in all areas at affordable prices.

The Role

We are seeking to appoint a qualified and experienced profession to manage the activities of our learning resource centre.

The successful applicant will be a dynamic individual with experience of promoting a passion for inquiry and effective research skills. Well-developed organisational and communication skills are a prerequisite. We are looking for the right balance between experience, enthusiasm and a passion for learning and inquiry, which will inspire our pupils.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to direct the development of this important area of the school.

The library will be opened in September 2017 and will be the heart of our school. It is our vision that the library space not only be a repository for books, but a dynamic centre of learning activity. It will be a place for both individual reading, research and reflection, as well as a space for collaboration and group discovery. We are looking for the right individual who can support us in achieving this vision and bringing this space to life.

Please download our application pack for detailed information.

SGSM Application Pack 2017 Librarian

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For further details about the school, please visit our website:


To apply, please submit your CV with a covering letter to:

Mr. P. Dickinson

Senior Academic and Recruiting Director.

E-mail: recruitment[at]stgeorgesschool.de

Tel: 0049 2233 808870

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Find the Favourite Harry Potter Character

Bloomsbury and National Book Tokens launch poll to find favourite HARRY POTTER character HP Character Vote Image

HP 20YRS LOGO HIGH 01 As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Bloomsbury Publishing and National Book Tokens have launched a huge search to find the nation’s favourite character from the Harry Potter books.

 Over seven magical books, Harry has met a huge cast of incredible characters, and we've drawn up a list of 20 that have charmed readers over the last 20 years. You can head over to the National Book Tokens website to vote for your favourite. Simply select the character you'd like to vote for and click the SUBMIT button. If your favourite character doesn’t appear, don't despair - just tell us who gets your vote in the space provided!

 The poll closes at 11am on Friday 23rd June and the number one character will be announced on Monday 26th June - 20 years since the day Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published.

 Link for the vote is - https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/harry-potter-20#.WT6W9evyuUk

For more information please contact Ian Lamb on 020 7631 5726 or email ian.lamb@bloomsbury.com


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Job Vacancies: Preston Manor School, Wembley - Learning Resource Centre Manager (All Through School 4 -18)

Required for September 2017 - 36 hours per week – Term time plus inset days + 1 week outside of term.

Salary – Scale SO2, Spinal Point 32 - 34 (£28,485 - £30,153 pro rata)

plus London Weighting (£1,848 pro rata) circa (£27,226 – £28,723 inclusive LW)

We are looking for an inspiring Learning Resource Centre Manager to beresponsible for the management of the school LRC (Learning Resource Centre), across both Upper & Lower School

As a LRC Manager you will be responsible for providing a stimulating and friendly atmosphere to encourage a love of learning and literacy.  Key priorities include promoting a love of reading for pleasure, ensuring effective and productive literacy intervention and being part of the whole school literacy strategy.

We are looking for an innovative individual who has good literacy, numeracy and communication skills as well as initiative, flexibility, a sense of humour and the ability to relate to children from a variety of ages and needs. We are particularly keen to hear from experienced librarians, graduates who are looking to go into the teaching profession or experienced teachers who are no longer in the classroom.  Experience of working with young people of secondary age would be an advantage.

We offer:

  • Students, Staff and Families who are all enthusiastic and supportive of the School Library.
  • A very popular and well-resourced Learning Resource Centre based across the Upper and Lower School
  • A commitment to staff development in terms of CPD, Line Management and Appraisal.
  • A friendly team of experienced and supportive teachers, support assistants and other pastoral staff.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic and energetic team who strive to ensure that all students enjoy learning and surpass expectations of achievement.

The above post provides an excellent opportunity to work in a high quality and well-resourced environment and to become part of a highly motivated and visionary team. Professional development of staff is a key priority at Preston Manor and the career progression of colleagues is a key priority.

Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or disability.

For further information and an application pack, email hradmin[at]preston-manor.com, download from website www.preston-manor.com or click on the hyperlink http://www.preston-manor.com/page/?title=Job+Vacancies&pid=60 to direct you to the Preston Manor School Current Vacancies page.

 Closing Date:Noon Tuesday 27 June 2017

The school reserves the right to change these dates, and to close the vacancy at any time, so early application is advised.

Preston Manor School is committed to the welfare and safety of its students and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo the necessary Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks.

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Join Anthony Horowitz Live

Anthony Horowitz Live GraphicWalker Books have teamed up with the National Literacy Trust and Facebook to celebrate the release of Anthony Horowitz’s 11th Alex Rider book, Never Say Die, with an exciting live event and teaching resource for schools.

Anthony Horowitz Live will take place on Thursday 15 June 2017 from 14.00-15.00 BST and will be broadcast in real time via Facebook. Anthony Horowitz will be taking questions from children's author Steve Cole and the audience as well as those watching on Facebook.  Primary and secondary schools can watch the event through the Alex Rider Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/alexrideruk/ and submit their questions to Anthony via the comments section. For schools who are unable to watch live, a recording will be available on this page from Friday 16 June so you can catch up at a later date.

For more information about the event and to download a free Alex Rider teaching resource, please visit http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/resources/practical_resources_info/7873_anthony_horowitz_live_and_alex_rider_resource

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When Dimple Met Rishi - FREE poster offer

DimpleThe arranged marriage YA romcom you didn't know you wanted or needed...As joyfully refreshing as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi  is a frothy, funny contemporary romance told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn't be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents - could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?

Request at: https://hodder.wufoo.co.uk/forms/when-dimple-met-rishi/

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Required September 2017

Salary: Point 23 - 27. Actual Salary: £20,448 - £23,017

36 hours per week, Term Time only plus one week in the summer holidays

Applications are invited for the above post based in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at Tiffin School, a leading boys’ grammar school in Kingston upon Thames, rated Outstanding by Ofsted.  Tiffin School is a vibrant community of 1200 boys and over 100 staff.  The borough of Kingston upon Thames is approximately 30 minutes from central London by train, and has a well-developed transport network. The town has an attractive riverside quarter, a large shopping district and is located near Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common and Hampton Court Palace.

The LRC is a much used space at the heart of the School.  Always busy with pupils, it is a hugely exciting facility, set over two floors, with dramatic, award-winning architecture.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated information professional to run the Learning Resource Centre.  You will:

  • manage the LRC staff including the study centre supervisor and the LRC assistant;
  • supervise staff and students in the LRC and the Sixth Form study room to promote an atmosphere and culture of independent study;
  • follow up on any incidences of unacceptable behaviour in accordance with school policy;
  • oversee the cataloguing of resources and issuing, returning and recording of items on loan;
  • provide training to staff and students on the use of the Library as a learning resource;
  • develop and maintain links with external agencies including Kingston Youth library service, local and national literary groups and other organisations as appropriate;
  • suggest reading materials and resources for the different age groups within the school, both for curriculum and enrichment;
  • run events and promotions to encourage reading and the love of learning.

Ideally, the person appointed will have experience of working in a library, preferably a school library, and have experience in managing staff.  With first class interpersonal and IT skills, you will be an excellent communicator and be confident in your ability to work independently using your initiative.

This post is for 36 hours a week term time plus one week in the summer holidays on an incremental salary scale of £23,115 - £26,019 FTE (£20,448 - £23,017 pro rata).  We would consider applications from those wishing to work part-time.

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For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Alastair Ingall, Assistant Head, on 0208 546 4638 or email aingall[at]tiffin.kingston.sch.uk.


Please access the vacanciessection of our website for information, and an application form. 

Closing date: noon on Monday, 19 June 2017.

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2017 - 2019 Childrens Laureate announced!

Lauren Child, the bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator, has today been crowned the tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate.

Lauren Child, artist and author-illustrator of the Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean picture books and Ruby Redfort novels, will be the Waterstones Children's Laureate 2017-19.

For more information see the Waterstones Childrens Laureate website 

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Job Vacancies: Claycots School Partnership, Slough - Library and Reprographics Assistant (Town Hall Campuses)

Required As soon as possible

Salary: Level 3 SCP 14-18. Actual Salary: £7,969 to £8,550

20 hours per week, Term Time Only

As the largest primary school in the country, we are excited to be recruiting for a variety of roles to meet the needs of our rapid expansion. Following on from our recent successful Ofsted judgment (February 2015) we are seeking ambitious values driven professionals who are willing to work with us in our expansion and support us in driving forward the agenda for social equality and excellent provision for our children.

Claycots School Partnership, are looking to recruit a professional person with a passion for children’s literature to assist the Library Manager in the new state-of-the-art library. Duties will include:

  • To guide pupils and teachers to relevant resources and encourage use of the library.
  • To assist in the maintenance, promotion and development of library stock, including repairs and preparation of books
  • Assist in displays and promotions to encourage reading and embrace reading for pleasure
  • To assist teachers in the delivery of reading schemes and guided reading
  • To help library users develop their research skills and become proficient in using digital resources
  • Any other duties commensurate with the level of the post
  • Part of this role will also include reprographics for the school supervised by the Library Manager

The post holder would need to comply with health and safety requirements and ensure safety procedures are adhered to.

You would need to be flexible with hours and you could be required to work over both Campuses if required.

The successful candidate must have Grade C and above in Maths and English GCSE.

Experience of working in a school setting previously is desirable. 

For further information, please contact us via email: Recruitment[at]Claycots.slough.sch.ukor contact HR at the Town Hall Campus on 01753 531415 for an application pack. A downloadable application form is available on our school website.

Closing date/short listing for applications: 16th June 2017 | Interviews: Thursday 22nd June 2017

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their commitment to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people in line with Claycots’s policies and procedures. A satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this role. The school will request references before interview.

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Job Vacancies: Harrogate Ladies’ College - LIBRARIAN for College (11-18 years)

Required for September 2017

Part-time, term-time hours

Harrogate Ladies’ College seeks to appoint an innovative, creative and well qualified School Librarian to lead the development of the School’s library service in College with energy and enthusiasm whilst responding to the needs of a community of boarding and day children from 11-18 years old. 

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The part-time hours for this role are 16 hours per week, for 35 weeks of the year during term-time.

This is an exciting time to join Harrogate Ladies’ College as we embark on a new journey through the challenges of independent girls’ day/boarding education in the 21st century. 

Closing date:       12.00 noon on Friday, 16 June 2017

Interviews will take place week beginning:     12 June 2017

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

Contact information:                                     Mrs Lucy Condon

                                                                         HR Manager

                                                                         Harrogate Ladies’ College

                                                                         Clarence Drive, Harrogate,

                                                                        North Yorkshire, HG1 2QG

                                                                         Tel: (01423) 504543

                                                                         Email: lucy.condon[at]hlc.org.uk

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 will not be allowed to start in school until all pre-employment checks have been completed satisfactorily.  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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Lollies announcement

ShortlistThe Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017 are designed to celebrate the very funniest books in the world of children’s fiction and today, they’re very excited to be celebrating the shortlist announcement!

Having taken place for the first time last year, Scholastic set up the Lollies because they (and we!) believe funny books, and their authors and illustrators, are the beating heart of the children’s book world. There’s nothing quite like a funny book for creating lifelong, passionate readers.

The shortlist, which you can read for the first time below, features the Lollies judges’ twelve funniest reads, ranging from picture books up to books for 9-13 years. But now it’s where you come in – because the winners of the Lollies are decided entirely by teachers, parents and children. To start reading and voting for your favourites, go to www.scholastic.co.uk/lollies, and find out which books made the shortlist below!

Picture Books
Oi, Dog! by Kes Gray/Jim Field  Hodder Children's Books, Hachette
Frog's had enough, he's the changing the status quo! Cat insists that there are rules - only mules sit on stools, no one but hares should sit on chairs and however irritating, dogs MUST sit on frogs.
Eat Your People by Lou Kuenzler/David Wojtowycz  Orchard Books, Hachette
A monstrously funny story of difficult dinnertimes will have children asking for seconds! Monty definitely does NOT want to eat his people. He'll eat his vegetables - every single one! - but he will not eat his people.
Prince of Pants by Alan Macdonald/Sarah McIntyre  Scholastic
It is Prince Pip's birthday, and he can't wait to choose a pair of pants to wear on his special day. But when he goes to his pants drawer, it's empty! Where have all his pants gone? Could it be that the palace has planned a very special, pants-tastic surprise party? A royally funny picture book by an award-winning duo, with glow-in-the dark undies on the final page.
Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton/Neal Layton  Hodder Children's Books, Hachette
Can a boy drink the sea? Surely it's impossible! But Danny McGee does just that - and now he has his sights on other things. Soon he's swallowing trees, flies, fleas, peas, mountains ... where will it end?!

6-8 years
Thimble Monkey Superstar by Jon Blake/Martin Chatterton Firefly Press
Life is never boring now that Jams and his family have a monkey to look after. Jams and his mum love Thimble, but Dad is determined to get rid of him - to a zoo, a school, even a demolition site. But when Jams and his dad are in mortal danger, Thimble proves once and for all why he is a Monkey Superstar! Thimble is very clever and very naughty - and just the best friend Jams has been waiting for.
Hamish and the Neverpeople by Danny Wallace/Jamie Littler   Simon and Schuster
Nobody knows it yet, but the people of Earth are in big, big trouble. Like - HUGE trouble. Oh, come on, where's your imagination? Double what you're thinking! And it's all got to do with a shadowy figure, an enormous tower, some sinister monsters, huge clanking and thundering metal oddballs, and people who are just like you… but not like you at all. Luckily Hamish and the PDF are around to help save the day! Aren't they??
Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up by Simon Cherry  Usborne Publishing

When Eddy Stone finds a pirate in his Gran’s bath, his miserable summer holiday turns into a treasure hunt!
Setting sail in a ship-shaped shed, crewed by an old lady and a grumpy penguin, what could possibly stop their quest for booty? (Apart from the world’s most evil shopkeeper, a man-eating beast, and the maddest, baddest villain in all the seven seas.) All aboard for an EPIC adventure...
Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms by Jim Smith  Jelly Pie, Egmont
When a bolt of lightning hit Colin Lamppost he was zapped millions of years into the future and turned into a half boy, half rat, half TV! With new superkeel powers and a real life sidekick in Not Bird, Future Ratboy was born.
In this new adventure, can Future Ratboy and Not Bird save Shnozville from the bitey little insects that are turning everyone into zombies? Will they defeat the evil Mr X? And how will they ever find their way home?

9-13 years
I Don't Like Poetry by Joshua Seigal  Bloomsbury Education
With poems on every topic from the power of books to the joys of fried chicken, this collection is packed with Joshua Seigal's subversive humour and insight into the world of children. If you don't like poetry after reading this, there's probably something wrong with you!
The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill  Little Island Books
Philip’s happy-go-lucky life is disrupted when his mother gets breast cancer. Bad enough that your mother is seriously ill – but could she not have developed a less embarrassing kind of cancer – toe cancer, maybe, or ear cancer? Philip’s attempts to cope with his situation are both hilarious and touching.  Through it all, he’s writing letters to his hero, the comedian Harry Hill, looking for advice.  A hilarious take on life, love, glasses – and medicine.
My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons/Laura Ellen Anderson  Nosy Crow
Luke’s brother, Zack, and friend, Lara, have superpowers. Luke has new school shoes and a burning sense of resentment. He KNOWS that aliens disguised as gym teachers are about to attack Earth but will anyone listen? No. So one dodgy pact with a self-styled supervillain later, and Luke is ready to save the world. He just needs to find his trainers…
AniMalcolm by David Baddiel/Jim Field  HarperCollins
Malcolm doesn’t like animals.  Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.
The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm. Over the next days, Malcolm changes. He learns a lot about animals. More, in many ways, than he would like. He learns what it’s really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact…It does make him think differently. And speak differently. And eat differently. And, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before? Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… yourself.

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Young Enterprise children’s book wins acclaim

OpenBooks LogoThe Young Enterprise Company Programme is a scheme that encourages entrepreneurship in young people (ages 15–19) and hosts an annual, national competition in which participating groups present the product or service they have created.

Open Books, a Young Enterprise company comprising ten Year 12 students from Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, London, has already proceeded through two stages of the competition this year with their picture book inspired by the refugee crisis. Hannah and Halil tells the story of a young Syrian refugee called Halil, who is befriended by Hannah at his new school in London. At first, Halil feels alone because he has no one to play with, but once he meets Hannah they go to the park, build a den and play with their ball. The Open Books team wrote and designed the story together; the book is illustrated throughout in colour by fellow student Nicolás Geisler-Toran. A portion of the profits is being used to support the company members’ own volunteer work with refugees.

Student Daphne de Bestegui explains: “We were inspired by the work that Care4Calais was doing in Northern France, and wanted to create something that would raise awareness about the crisis in Syria and might change the attitude that people have towards refugees (and immigrants in general). We thought that the best way to instil a tolerant attitude and open mind would be to start from a young age, with literature.”

Open Books won “Best Company” and “Most Innovative Idea” Awards at the Local Area (Hammersmith and Ealing) Young Enterprise Final on 21 March, as well as the “Best Company” award at the West London Final on 3 May. The company is now through to the London Final on 8 June.

The students have plans to build on their success, developing a series of children’s books addressing different social issues, each with the message of tolerance, resolution and inclusion. Their next book confronts gender stereotypes and is in the making.

HannahHalilcoverHannah and Halil is available for £5 and can be purchased directly through Open Books via email - info@openbooks.space or through their website, as well as through Amazon (print/Kindle). You can follow Open Books on Facebook and Twitter.

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News Round-Up

The 2016 Softlink School Library Survey was conducted in September and October last year. The school library survey examines key trends and issues impacting school libraries, and helps to advocate the role of school libraries and library staff to education decision makers.  The full report* is now available for download here. (*The 2016 school library survey was conducted between 6 Sep 2016 and 17 Oct 2016 with participant summaries released 17 Nov 2016).  The survey will be conducted again in 2017.

This July, teachers will have the chance to step out of the classroom setting and into the technology industry with the IBM Computing Summer School, which will take place 3-5 July 2017, at IBM Southbank. The three day course, which will be delivered by IBM professionals, alongside staff from the award winning London Connected Learning Centres, is aimed at teachers with a responsibility for computing in schools.  To find out more about the IBM Computing Summer School, or reserve your space, contact Kim Morrison, kmorrison[at]londonclc.org.uk or call 0207 720 7514. The course requires a small £25 commitment fee to secure your place.

Inspired by a program that the Caledon Public Library in Canada did a few years back - a possible holiday programme?  A librarian asks if anyone is interested - "My teen program is for students in grades 6-12, so I have teens as young as age 11 through age 18.  I work at a medium sized-library in Rhode Island/USA. I would hope to have about 20 participants but I’m not sure exactly how popular the program will be. But it would be a great fit for our summer theme “Build a Better World.” I am hoping for a relatively simple endeavor, where youth at each of our libraries write a postcard to an anonymous teen outside their country, and we coordinate between us how many postcards to send to make sure each participant gets one.  The program is coming up soon – it runs June 26 – August 31 2017.  If any libraries are interested, please contact me at liz[at]cumberlandlibrary.org and we can discuss more details".

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