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Into Film Festival 2017

Jon Furniss
Jon Furniss

The Into Film Festival – the world’s largest FREE film and education event for all UK schools and 5 - 19 year olds – is back for another year!

Taking place across the UK, from 8 – 24 November 2017, the Into Film Festival will support 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 nearly 3,000 free events, including:

  • A programme of 150+ films chosen specifically for schools (including audio-described, subtitled, & autism-friendly screenings)
  • Age-appropriate talks from actors, directors and industry experts
  • Workshops and careers advice

Free resources
Flexible and engaging resources that support the delivery of the curriculum will be available to download for free, ensuring your experience at the Festival is not only fun but provides learning outcomes too.

Making a booking
Bookings will open on Thursday 7 September. Visit the Festival website to secure your free places – but be quick as places are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Chris Riddell to give the 2017 Philippa Pearce Lecture,on Friday 8th September.

Photo Credit:  Tom Pilston The celebrated, multi- award winning illustrator and political cartoonist has chosen to call the lecture  'The Age of the Beautiful Book.’ 

Chris Riddell has illustrated over 150 books, collaborating with some of the best known children’s authors of recent decades, including Neil Gaiman and Michael Rosen. Chris has won two CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK librarians’ annual award for the best-illustrated children’s book, and three Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes. On 9 June 2015 he was appointed the UK Children’s Laureate. During his two-year tenure, he championed creativity, the importance of visual literacy, and the role of libraries in schools. He called on people to enjoy the “joy of doodling” by drawing every day, setting the example with his own fantastic ‘Laureate’s Log’, a whimsical visual diary shared on social media, which has recently been published in a compendium called Travels with My Sketchbook.

In the 2017 Philippa Pearce Lecture, Chris will talk about how words and pictures work together for a reader both on traditional page and how he believes this continues to be true in a digital age. He will explore how books are ever more covetable as objects in their own right, as well as valued for the words and illustrations inside, and also how libraries remain vital as repositories for these beautiful productions.

The prestigious Philippa Pearce Lecture is an annual event that celebrates excellence in literature for children. It provides a platform for the very best children’s authors, poets and illustrators to reflect on their art. Always thought-provoking, the lectures have tackled such topics as the significance of time, the place of fear, and what poetry is for.

The lectures were established in 2007 by the family, friends and colleagues of the highly distinguished children’s author, Philippa Pearce. They attract a regular and wide-ranging audience of academics, writers, publishers and lovers of children’s literature. A video recording is always made available. Previous speakers include: Allan Ahlberg (2016) Meg Rosoff (2015) Frank Cottrell Boyce (2014) Kevin Crossley-Holland (2013) Malorie Blackman (2012) Philip Pullman (2011) Michael Morpurgo (2010) Michael Rosen (2009).  The inaugural lecture took the form of a tribute Philippa Pearce and her work, with talks by Julia Eccleshare, Victor Watson and David Wood, who worked closely with Philippa on the script of his play of Tom’s Midnight Garden. The actor Samuel West, who had happy childhood memories of hearing her read, kindly volunteered to do some readings

THE BRITISH AUTHOR PHILIPPA PEARCE is probably best known for the children’s book Tom’s Midnight Garden, which won the Carnegie Medal in 1958. Like many of Philippa’s other works, the novel explores concepts of time, as well as connections between past and present, and between parents and children. All are deeply imbued with a sense of place – the East Anglian landscape where Philippa’s family lived for generations, and where she spent most of her life.

“She was one of the very finest writers British children’s literature has ever had, and everything she wrote has a touch of the particular vision and understanding of human nature that was hers alone.”Philip Pullman

The Philippa Pearce Lectures are held in association with Homerton College, Cambridge.mich

The lecture will take place at 5.00pm on Friday 8th of September in the Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge. As always, after the lecture there will be a short wine reception.  The lecture is free but tickets need to be reserved.

For further information about the lecture and to reserve tickets please go to

Photo Credit:  Tom Pilston

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Liverpool Readathon

Boy wizards, hungry caterpillars and vampires could be on the curriculum for schools across Liverpool in October as pupils in the city’s nurseries, schools and colleges join forces for the country’s first-ever mass Readathon.

The event is being organised by the Liverpool Learning Partnership with charity Read for Good,which has been running its Readathon in individual schools since 1984. More than 60,000 pupils in 170 schools across Liverpool are members of the LLP and all have been asked to participate in the mass sponsored read, with the aim of motivating whole schools to read for fun.

The event will take place during National Libraries Week (9-14 October) and schools can sign up now.

Read for Good Chief Executive, Justine Daniels said: “We know that learning to love to read as a child has benefits that last a lifetime: from educational outcomes and social mobility to emotional wellbeing. But first, you need to get reading! Motivation is an integral element of reading well, as is reading what you love. Readathon provides the motivation and encourages choice, so we’re excited to join forces with the Liverpool Learning Partnership to unleash its power on a whole city for the first time!”

Children taking part in the event will be sponsored to read whatever they like – from comics to classics – with the emphasis on reading what they love. Twenty per-cent of whatever a school raises will be used to buy books for its library, 10% is going to support Liverpool Learning Partnership’s wider work on reading for pleasure and the rest funds Read for Good’s unique programme bringing a regular supply of books and storytellers into all of the UK’s main children’s hospitals, including Alder Hey.

Alder Hey’s Patient Information Manager, Sheelaugh Greenslade said: ”Read for Good’s storyteller and bright-orange mobile bookcase are well-known at Alder Hey. We love the loop of children in our schools reading to bring stories into our hospital. Imagination is a ticket out to the wider world when you’re in hospital and the power of stories to entertain, uplift and distract is incredible and something I’ve seen first-hand at Alder Hey with Read for Good.”

Project Coordinator for the Liverpool Learning Partnership, Jenny Holder said: “We’re already known as a city of football, of music and of culture – but now Liverpool is expanding its reputation to become the country’s foremost city for reading. We’re aiming to create a real buzz about books and reading across the city in October, from Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) moments in schools during our Readathon to ensuring more families are equipped with library cards and able to access our marvellous online library collection.”

For more information and to sign-up, email liverpool[at] or visit the Read for Good website.

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Job Vacancies: School Library Association ??" Advisory Librarian (Fixed Term Post)

SLA office, Swindon

18.5 hours per week until 31st March 2018.

Salary: £25,437 - £28,221 (pro rata)

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and self-motivated Advisory Librarian to share some aspects of the role with the current post holder from September. 

This is an exciting and challenging role for an experienced librarian with the right skills and knowledge of current school library and educational issues to assist in taking the SLA forward at a pivotal time for school libraries.

Main areas of responsibility will include providing an advisory service to members, day-to-day supervision of the office, assisting with maintenance of the website and promoting the work of the SLA.

Advisory Librarian Fixed Term Post

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The successful applicant will have relevant professional qualifications, a proven track record and be capable of communicating effectively at all levels.  The ability to demonstrate a hands-on approach, prioritising work and a real desire to help grow the organisation and champion school libraries and librarians are essential.

In return we can offer an attractive working environment and a good salary for the right person.

SLA Background 2017

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For further information or an informal chat about the post please contact:

Sally Duncan on 01793 530166 or Tricia Adams on 07532 231946

For an application pack please phone 01793 530166 or email  info[at]

The closing date for this post is 30th August.

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Job Vacancies: Forest School, East London - Librarian

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Forest School, a thriving diamond structured independent day school in East London. Located at the edge of 6,000 acres of ancient woodland, London's largest green and open space, Forest School has occupied the same grounds since 1834.

Unusually for London, our 50 acre grounds lie across two London boroughs. Our School is just 20 minutes from London Liverpool Street station direct from Snaresbrook, Central Line tube station, and is just a 25 minute drive from Canary Wharf.

We seek to appoint a qualified librarian to join our library team, primarily in the Secondary school. The post involves student supervision, issue and enquiry work, and organising events. The post is term time, plus two weeks.

The successful candidate will be a good team player, enthusiastic to use their skills to enhance young people’s education, and keen to participate in a programme of information skills training.

Willingness to integrate into the life of an extremely busy independent day school is required. Good IT skills are a prerequisite, as is a good knowledge of information sources, both online and hard copy. MCILIP status desirable. Registration candidates will be supported.

Click here to view the Job Description.  (PDF)

Closing Date: 8am, 18th August 2017. Interviews will be held in late August.

Please submit an application form and Employment Monitoring form to our HR team: recruitment[at]  

For more information about working at Forest School, please visit our website:

Forest School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Appointment to this position requires an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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Job Vacancies: Bootham School, York - Library Manager

We are seeking a new Library Manager for our John Bright library, which houses approximately 18,000 resources, including reference books, fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, magazines, and DVDs.


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You will manage, maintain and develop the library, its books, information technology and resources and promote the library as a welcoming place for study and learning.  For further details and an application form please visit our website at: Bootham School
You can also download a recruitment pack below:

Rec Pack

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New Reading Programme Toolkit from The Reading Agency

'Do you run reading programmes? Here is a new Toolkit that you can use to measure the impact they have: The Reading Agency and partners want it to work for you. Please tell us what you think about it here, whether you've used it or not, by 8 September 2017:' 


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Job Vacancies: The Beacon School, Banstead - Learning Resources Manager

  • Start Date: 4 September 2017
  • Salary: £24,090 per annum (pro rata), £17,111 (actual)
  • Contract: Part Time and Permanent
  • Closing date: 22 August 2017 [at] 11:59AM

We require a well organised, self-motivated person who enjoys the prospect of working with young people and teachers in a supportive role.
Your main responsibilities will be to manage the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) and take a lead role in promoting reading across the school. The post includes development of information to support the curriculum; liaison with teaching staff to support their work; and management and guidance to students while they study and research.

JD - Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Manager (jul17) beacon

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You should preferably having a teaching or librarian qualification, as well as experience of working with young people and be competent in the use of IT.

PS - Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Manager (jul17) beacon

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This position is for 30 hours a week for 39 weeks per year (i.e. term time plus 5 days) and attracts a full-time salary of £24,090 per year, pro-rata £17,111 (actual).
For more information about our school, please visit

Closing date: Noon on 22 August 2017
Pro Rata Salary: £17,111

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy at any time ahead of the closing date if there is a good level of response. Therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.
References may be requested upon receipt of your application, so please state if you wish this to be delayed until shortlisting/interview date.

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