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Job Vacancies, Bow School: Learning Resource Centre Manager


Bow School

For January/February 2019
Learning Resource Centre Manager
Scale PO1 £30,802 - £33,686 (actual salary)
Term time plus 2 weeks

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, innovative and enthusiastic Learning Resource Centre Manager. The LRC manager will be responsible for the effective running and development of the LRC. A passion for reading and literacy and an understanding of the school curriculum are essential to this post.  

Previous experience of working in a school library would be an advantage.  The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent literacy, IT and organisational skills, and be able to communicate and interact well with students and staff.

The diversity of the school community ensures that Bow is a vibrant and interesting place to work.  

We offer:

  • A well established and comprehensive mentor programme 
  • A strong personalised programme of professional development and coaching for teachers and support staff 
  • Strong links with other local schools for partnership working and support 
  • A strong community spirit 
  • Staff who are very supportive towards each other with a great camaraderie existing throughout the school

For an application pack, please contact hr[at]bow-school.org.uk or visit our website www.bow-school.org.uk (Vacancies section).

Closing date midnight on Sunday 9th December 2018.

Bow School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 
This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and the successful applicant will be subject to relevant vetting checks before an offer of appointment is confirmed and will be subject to rechecking thereafter, as appropriate.

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"Supporting Sixth Form" Branch event

A reminder that the SLA Berkshire branch are holding their last meeting of the year on:

Wednesday 5th December from 4pm - 6pm at The Marist School, Sunningdale, near Ascot, SL5 7PS.

The topic will be "Supporting Sixth Form" and we will be looking at EPQs, helping with UCAS, wider reading as well as online resources. There will be Christmas refreshments, a free raffle plus the FCBG "Get Reading Reading" are bringing along books for sale at excellent prices (and they can invoice your school).

As usual, everyone is welcome to attend. Please let our secretary, Claire Knight know … ck@rbcs.org.uk

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Review books for LoveReading4Schools

Would you be interested in becoming a School Librarian Reviewer for LoveReading4Schools?

It is LoveReading’s mission to get more people reading by getting them excited about books. LoveReading4Schools is a critical part of this and one they take very seriously. As a community they believe they have a social responsibility to support time-strapped teachers and librarians in schools to help engender a life-long love of learning in their students.

To this end LoveReading are re-launching LoveReading4Schools this December. The new website comes with tons of added functionality and will have a fully updated set of reading recommendation lists for every year group from Early Years to YA books. In addition, they will be regularly publishing other lists of great relevance and importance for schools today including lists of Inspirational Books, Cultural Books, Reluctant Readers Recommendations and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

LoveReading’s job is one of curation, presenting a selected list of regular reading recommendations for their audiences. These selections are delivered by the team of editorial experts and are complemented by their consumer reading review panels.

This partnership will now include us working with them to help recruit a Librarian Panel of Reviewers. This panel will work with LoveReading to review books supplied by publishers, with the aim of them then choosing Librarian’s Books of the Month.

If you are a current SLA member and interested in becoming part of the Librarian review panel, you can sign up here.

Love Reading


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Job Vacancies, Westgate School, Slough: LRC Assistant, The Westgate School, Slough

The Westgate School, Slough

 LRC Assistant

To start as soon as possible

Term time only – 38 weeks  20 or 30 hours per week

Actual Salary either £8,015 or £12,023 per annum

We have a vacancy for a flexible and well-organised team player to work in our Learning Resource Centre. You will support the LRC Manager in all aspects of running the department. You will also assist with supervising students during their break and lunch times, support the implementation of reading lessons and help with training and supervising our student librarians.

The ideal candidate would need to have good IT skills and be a team player but be able to prioritise their own workload. They must be proactive in helping students and in carrying out administrative tasks to assist in the smooth running of the department.

Any previous experience in a similar role will be advantageous but not essential.  

For further information and an application form please see our website

Closing Date: 9am, 10th December 2018.

We reserve the right to interview for all positions as suitable applications are received.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Generous Contributory Pension Scheme and Health Cash Plan included with all vacancies. 

The Westgate School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All staff are expected to be aware and follow the advice and guidance according to 'Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018'. You will be subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance for all positions.

Application forms should be emailed to Mrs S Venturini - sv[at]westgate.slough.sch.uk

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Information Book Award 2019: Entries Invited: Invitation to Publishers to Enter

We are delighted to invite publishers of information books to nominate their titles (first published in 2018) for consideration for the ninth annual Information Book Award in 2019.

The award is split into three categories:

  • Under 7
  • 7 – 12
  • 12 – 16

The shortlist will be announced in Spring 2019, at which point children will be invited to vote for their favourite from each category. There will be a Judges' Choice Winner and a Children's Choice Winner for each age category, and both Judges and Children will choose an Overall Winner.

The judges are looking for information books that will stimulate interest, have an innovative approach and/or format, have child appeal, be up-to-date in approach as well as have value (for education and enjoyment) going forward.

Full details on the criteria for entry and a submission form to complete are available to download below.

The submission deadline for entries is 14 January 2019.


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Costa Book Award shortlists announced

The Costa Book Award shortlists have been announced with four strong contenders for the Children's Book Award

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2018 SRC results

The Reading Agency has announced the results from this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Support from libraries and children for the programme remains strong with 98% intending to take part again next year.

There was an increase of 1% in the completion rate, an increase of 1% in the number of boys starting and a 2% increase in boys completing this year and an increase of 3.2% in early years participation.

However, the pressures on all local authority services has meant that there has been a 8.2% drop in overall participation in the 2018 SRC. TRA will be in constant communication with libraries to discuss support as the encouraging increased completion rate is to be celebrated.


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 demonstrates these figures.

To find out more details of the results and the theme for 2019 take a look on the TRA website



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Development and Discussion: Challenging More Able Readers

As we approach the new year, what better time to review and refresh your approach to challenging more able readers?

In this blog post, education consultant and NACE associateJudith Mason shares five effective strategies based on her experience of working with schools in this field. For the full version, visit the NACE website, and for more ideas in this area join Judith’s upcoming workshop, “Challenging more able learners in English”. These tips are useful for library lessons, and to support the use of school libraries, and library staff generally!

1.       Cultivate independent reading for pleasure

Developing reading for pleasure and positive attitudes to reading is part of the English National Curriculum – and for good reason. Children who enjoy reading are more likely to read well. There are lots of ways to encourage readers – and to deter them! Give them choice, but also give them recommendations to extend the range of reading and try something new. 

2.       Select quality texts to teach reading

Choosing the right texts is key. Consider texts that will appeal to the children and provide motivation, especially if they have to dig deeper into the meaning. Select texts with multiple challenge opportunities – through the theme or subject matter, complexity of sentence construction, unfamiliar vocabulary, narrative style, organisation or visual features. Think about the different opportunities for learning, not only what must be learned.

3.       Ask authentic questions

In discussion about a text, there is an opportunity to explore different ideas and views and to ask children to give their reasons for them. It can help to start the discussion with a really good, genuine question. Value and encourage different responses – though you can challenge them too.

4.       Develop dialogue about reading

Act as a “conductor” to build exchanges between learners that develops their thinking. Ask one child to respond to another, add a comment or ask a question. As teachers, we can add information to develop knowledge and understanding, as well as asking our own questions. Deeper comprehension is more likely to be developed in this way than through written answers to a list of questions with little discussion.

5.       Develop independent reading strategies

To read more challenging texts independently, children need to use a range of strategies and even more able readers may need to be taught how to use them. For example, it may help them to visualise what is happening where there is a lot of different information, to summarise to make sense of longer passages or to use prediction to develop the skill of inference.

Finally, be ambitious for all children. Present challenge opportunities that they can all access. They may surprise you!

Education consultant Judith Mason has over 30 years’ experience working with a wide range of schools. As an associate of the National Association for Able Children in Education(NACE), she provides CPD and consultancy for schools working to improve provision for the more able within a school-wide context of challenge for all. Join her in London on 27 November 2018 for a new one-day workshop “Challenging more able learners in English”.

NACE is proud to be supporting the #GreatSchoolLibraries campaign – a three year campaign spearheaded by the SLA, CILIP SLG and CILIP, aiming to raise the profile of school libraries across the UK. Read more here.


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Job Vacancies: Box Hill School: Full Time Librarian for Box Hill School





Effective January 2019
(36.25 hours per week term time only plus 2 weeks)
(Job share a possibility)

Box Hill School is a vibrant and forward-thinking co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11-18. 

We are seeking to appoint a well-qualified and experienced Librarian from January 2019. The Librarian will be responsible for the acquisition, organisation, dissemination and exploitation of resources to support teaching and learning. The librarian is also a mentor in learning strategies for all pupils, and we aim to appoint someone who would also be confident in working one-to-one with students over research and projects.

Box Hill School is a co-educational community of 425 girls and boys aged 11 to 18.  Its educational ideals and practice are designed to get the best out of each student. The school follows the philosophy of Kurt Hahn, founder of Gordonstoun in Scotland.  While placing academic work at the heart of a school, Hahn stressed the importance of an all-round education as a preparation for life.  

The job description and application pack are available at:


or from Maggie Lawrence HR Assistant, Box Hill School, by e-mailing Maggie.Lawrence[at]boxhillschool.com
or by telephone: 01372 38 4279.

The required application procedure is included in the pack. 


Wednesday 5th December 2018
Interviews will take place during week commencing 10th December 2018


Box Hill School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share our commitment. We are an equal opportunities employer and the successful candidate will be expected to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Mental Health and Wellbeing in Essex

This week saw our course on 'Mental Health and Wellbeing in the School Library Setting' take place in Wall's End, Tyne and Wear which received some lovely feedback (below). This course is running next week in Essex and there are a few places left which you can book until the end of day tomorrow. 

"Venue was great, food good too. There was a great range of delegates  - not just librarians.  All the feedback was fantastic – comments included:

  • not what I expected – much, much better
  • feel very empowered
  • fantastic new perspective on issues
  • inspiring ideas, loads of insights
  • day flown
  • brilliant, informative day
  • fantastic course, brilliantly delivered….."

I could go on! Maz is def the most energetic and entertaining yet informative speaker I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to.  She never stopped all day!!" 

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LMS offer

The SLA remains impartial and won’t recommend one system over another, but we do want to highlight opportunities for our members to spread their budgets further. Below is an opportunity to do just that.

Libresoft are offering ten primary-level (infant, junior and primary) schools the chance to win Libresoft Librarian completely free for 1 year (standard price is £295 ex VAT per annum including support).

Five entries will be randomly selected from Facebook and a further five from Twitter. 

For Facebook - follow the LibresoftUK page, plus comment on the pinned competition post.

For Twitter - follow LibresoftUK, and retweet our pinned tweet - https://twitter.com/LibresoftUK/status/1060841465604128774

The competition is open until 12pm 30th November 2018 for the UK only.

(T&C's apply and are available on request).  

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Surrey Branch best practice meeting

Surrey SLA Branch hope to welcome members tomorrow in Guildford to contribute, or hear about best practice happening in our school libraries. 


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Young People’s views on libraries

The Association for Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) are currently working on identifying  a set of principles for working with young people to help shape the way in which libraries work with borrowers this age.

The first stage is to ask these young people (13-24 years) their views on how they think libraries (school or public) should work with young people.

Please could you share the link with the young people with whom you work? The deadline for responses is 2nd Jan 2019.

This is the link to the survey:


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World Nursery Rhyme Week 19th to 23rd Nov

World Nursery Rhyme Week
World Nursery Rhyme Week

Nursery rhymes play an important role in early childhood development and education. 

As well as being fun they improve language and communication, provide a fun way to assist with learning early maths and help children to develop social, physical and emotional skills.

Many activities are happening around the country, for World Nursery Rhyme week, for example booklets will be given to all new Middlesbrough parents by their health visitor at the six to eight week health check in conjunction with Middlesbrough Reads

What is your school doing?

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid competition

Children’s author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney, has launched a nationwide diary writing competition.

The Competition, is run by National Literacy Trust and Penguin Random House to tie in with the publication of The Meltdown. It launches alongside a new analysis which reveals that children’s enthusiasm for diary writing is at an all-time high.

The Wimpy Kid Diary Writing Competition challenges children aged 7-12 from across the UK to write a 500-word diary entry about the most exciting snow day they have ever had or could possibly imagine.

Children who submit their entries by Thursday 31 January 2019 will be in with a chance to win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown print signed by Jeff Kinney and £100 worth of Puffin Books, plus £500 worth of Puffin Books for their school. Ten runners up will each receive a signed copy of The Meltdown.

There will be free teaching resources, activities, top tips and posters available from Monday 19 November to help teachers bring the competition to life in their classroom, and to encourage children to emulate the iconic style of the Diary of a Wimpy Kidbooks in their entries.

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 Lightning Chase Me Home by Amber Lee Dodd, is a spellbinding, 


huge hearted, middle grade story of bravery and hope with an undercurrent of magic. The book was born from the authors love of stories of inspirational female explorers, unlikely heroines and Scottish myths. It is being published by Scholastic on the 3rd January 2019.

To celebrate publication, Scholastic are partnering with The School Librarian to offer a free reading copy to 50 school librarians plus the opportunity to win book club bundles and an author visit too! To apply, please email: eburns[at]scholastic.co.uk with your request, details of your school and address.


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Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize

Royal Society’s Young People’s Book prize has announced Optical Illusions by Gianne A. Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber as its winner. 6,000 young people from 360 schools and groups around the country voted for their favourite from a very strong shortlist.

The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the writing of excellent, accessible books for under-14s.


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WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS, created by the producers of the musical WICKED in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the ninth year of the annual national creative writing competition. Entries close on 18 March 2019. Full details can be found at www.WickedYoungWriterAwards.com

The Awards were created in 2010 by the producers of WICKED in collaboration with Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE and the National Literacy Trust to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and develop writing talent in young people. Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of the Awards. The Awards raise awareness and funds for the National Literacy Trust, who are dedicated to giving children and young people the literacy skills to succeed in life.


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Oxfordshire Branch Sixth Form skills: Training Event Sixth Form skills

Wednesday 3rd December, Abingdon School 

We are very fortunate to be welcoming Lynn Winkworth to deliver a session for us this coming December. Lynn will be sharing the work she does with the sixth form at Headington School.  She will be looking at the skills needed for searching online databases, fundamental research and the rudiments of referencing – essential in maintaining academic honesty.  Lynn is planning a hands on referencing session during the morning, so everyone can have a go! In a digital age, we as Librarians need to be spearheading IL across our schools and this session I feel will be invaluable to us all.

The details are:

Venue: Abingdon School https://www.abingdon.org.uk/

Time: Registration from 09.30, with a start time of 10.00

Finish: 12.30


Please RSVP via email to Jodie Brooks by November 28th

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Central and East Berkshire Branch: Upcoming Branch Events

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 5th December at The Marist School, Sunningdale, near Ascot, SL5 7PS. 4pm - 6pm. We will be looking at how school librarians can support the sixth form including EPQ, UCAS and wider reading; the "Get Reading Reading" branch of the FCBG are bringing along books for sale at low prices - and can invoice schools; and there will be seasonal refreshments as well as a free raffle! Everyone welcome.

For further information or to RSVP, please contact secretary: Claire Knight on ck[at]rbcs.org.uk

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Reading Road Map Launch

The Reading Road Map is an initiative that has been created to help encourage children to develop a new passion for reading. It is a tool for children, parents and educators to recommend different up to date books, authors and genres.

The UK Reading Road Map can be ordered directly through the Reading Roadmap website  or via your local Schools' Library Service.


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International STEM Youth Innovation Competition

Design a drone to protect endangered animals and you could win £5,000

The British International Education Association (BIEA) is calling for schools across the UK to take part in its free annual International STEM Youth Innovation Competition. The competition challenges students under the age of 18 from all over the world, to design and develop a drone to help protect wild and endangered animals.

Supported by the British Science Association and the Royal Institution, the aim of the competition is to raise the level of technological enthusiasm among students as well as to stimulate their passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

Students can enter their designs until 31st March 2019. In April, 36 international finalists will be announced, and each team will receive £100 funding from BIEA to buy a mini drone and make their modifications to it. The winning team will then be announced at the RAF Museum in London on 4th July, where they will receive the £5,000 grand prize.  

This is a great opportunity to use the school library to research all aspects of design, from areodynamics to ethical implications.

To find out more about the International STEM Youth Innovation Competition or to sign up please visit www.bieacompetition.org.uk or follow on Twitter at [at]BIEAeducation  

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Job Vacancies, Senior Schools Services: Senior Schools Services Officer, Cumbria

Cumbria County Council

Job Title:  Senior Schools Services Officer

Job Reference: CE234e

Salary: 29,909 – 30,756

Hours: 37

Location:  Negotiable – travel throughout Cumbria is required

Are you passionate about helping children learn, enjoy and develop their love for reading and literacy? Would you like to work in a varied and rewarding role?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to make a direct and positive difference to children's reading and library experiences within schools throughout Cumbria.

The aim of Library Services for Schools is to support literacy and learning and to encourage reading for pleasure. The team provide a specialist library advisory service to primary and secondary schools and other educational establishments across the county.

The Role

As a key member of the team, you will work closely with both school staff and pupils and be responsible for choosing the best resources to support the national curriculum, school projects and reading for pleasure. You will be required to select and buy books, give practical advice on library layout and stock in school, keep up to date with new developments, and be instrumental in promoting a love of books and reading at both primary and secondary school level. You will also be responsible for managing our three school Book Buses and overseeing our annual secondary school book award. 

What the Team say

"I love the variety that you get working in Library Services for Schools – no two days are the same. It's really satisfying knowing that you're making a difference to children's reading."

Who we are looking for

The ideal candidate will be a librarian or teacher with substantial experience and knowledge of children's literature, school libraries and the national curriculum. We would particularly welcome candidates with experience of working at secondary school level. We are looking for someone that is enthusiastic and confident, enjoys working with children and has the ability to build strong working relationships at all levels within the school setting. 

If this sounds like you and you share our passion for the service then apply today.

If you would like to find out more about the role, please visit our webpages, view the attached information or call Sue Cochrane (Mon-Wed) on 07917 642001.

Closing Date: 26/11/18

Interview Date: 18/12/18

Appointment to this post is subject to Enhanced Vetting Checks. 'Like' Cumbria County Council Jobs on facebook to keep up to date with the latest job searching tips, news and opportunities.

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SLYA nominations due in

It is not too late to submit a nomination for the 2019 School Librarian of the Year Award. Closing date is the end of this month. Nominate a colleague. Nominate yourself. We need to know the great work going on in school libraries. Guidelines are on the website, so please don't be afraid of not knowing what to include in your submission. We look forward to reading about exciting activities made possible by our wonderful school librarians.

#EduTwitter #readingrocks #ReadingTeachers @sls_UK

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CE Blog 6: Information Book Award

I have stretched this month out a bit as I wanted to blog specifically about the SLA Information Book Award. It is an award which really speaks to the reading for pleasure and independent learning that goes on within school libraries. This year it was a double edged sword – tinged with excitement at the Award ceremony, but also sadness as I was missing out on exploring the books with pupils – an event which was firmly on the calendar as a school librarian.

And this year I had the added joy, and pressure, of reading all the books and trying to come up with activities that could easily be led in a classroom or library. Some lent themselves more easily to it than others, with ideas and activities already part of the book – but I enjoyed pouring over each page, examining them, anticipating new ideas and knowledge, and, on occasion shouting across the office: “Did you know that…”?! This child-like enjoyment of something new is not something that should be contained – all children should have access to high quality books which enable children to have their knowledge banks increased and their world widened as they happen upon fact and narrative. The reading of a book allows for an organic growth of knowledge as children find themselves pulled into the activity, navigating with a hop, skip and a jump to the parts that make their eyes widen.

This meandering learning journey is not reflected in internet or e-encyclopaedia research – the search is made easier by typing in the required search term (if they know what it is) but they lose the wonder and curiosity of happening across a word in the index: “ohhh… I wonder what that is?” All children deserve access to a wide range of books and resources to enable them to encounter differences and similarities.

Each book on this shortlist is a product of care, attention and partnership which makes them wonderful, not just for what they contain, but for what they represent. Each book is the accomplishment of a group of people who all care about children’s learning, engagement and reading. They do everything they can to make sure everyone is engaged and each reader both leaves a part of themselves and takes something away.

At the Bookseller Kids' conference, I spoke on a panel, and I was given this quote: ‘a book is a heart that beats in the chest of another’ and I firmly believe that all these books do this given the right reader – they will ignite passion, and lay a pathway for learning, and provide a foundation for discovery of self and other.

A huge congratulations to all the shortlisted books, and a special congratulations to the winners. 

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Marvel Comic legend Stan Lee

Stan Lee, creator of some of comics books' most famous characters and the former president of Marvel Comics, has died aged 95.

Lee co-created The Fantastic Four, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk and X-Men among others. He built up Marvel comics into a huge multinational succeesful company. He was also known for making a cameo in every Marvel film.

The Excelsior Award pays tribute to Lee's work with promoting graphic novels as a means to promote literacy and to become accepted as a legitimate vehicle to enjoy reading.

Chaos or collection includes many of Stan Lee's works.


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Northern Ireland Book Award

NIBA Nominated Titles

The SLANI committee are delighted to present the 16 titles that were nominated for the Northern Ireland Book Award 2019.

The Northern Ireland Book Award was first set up in 2009 to provide a local book award for our young people, and since 2018 has been run by the School Library Association in Northern Ireland. Nominations are sought from school librarians and teachers, and the SLANI committee have the unenviable task of whittling these down to a shortlist full of fun and stimulating reads!

Our young people shadow the award though school reading groups, and each school is provided with a pack containing activity ideas and discussion questions. The highlight of the award is the grand finale, where each reading group is invited to attend a fun celebration to discover which book THEY have chosen as their winner.

The shortlist will be announced after Christmas, along with full details of how to register to take part in the award process. You can follow the award on twitter [at]NI_BookAward, or visit our website

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Parliament Week Resource: UK Parliament and Politics

Week of 12th - 18th November 2108 is UK Parliament Week. To engage primary and secondary pupils in our democratic process from a young age, this site offers thought provoking activities and discussions. Further resources can be found on this resource sheet prepared by SLA.

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Free financial education textbook for schools

All 3,400 state-funded secondary schools in England will get 100 free copies of Your Money Matters, the first-ever curriculum-mapped financial education textbook, aimed at students aged 15 to 16, to teach them about topics such as savings, budgeting, borrowing, student loans and identity theft. It was written by the financial education charity Young Money with guidance from MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis and has been made possible thanks to a £325,000 donation from Martin. 

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Unknown Reader

North Bridge House School in North London has an unknown reader outside their school library this weekend. This has provoked discussion among staff and enhanced respect from pupils for commemorations around the centenary of the Armistice this weekend. Thank you to their librarian Susan Hill and their Head Teacher for allowing us to share this powerful image.

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Job Vacancies, Senior Librarian, Manchester: Manchester Grammar School, Senior Librarian

Senior Librarian   

The Manchester Grammar School

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Librarian to join the School's Library.

For details of the post and the application procedure please see our website at  www.mgs.org/vacancies or phone us on 0161 224 7201 ext. 800.

Applications must be made by MGS application form, CV's will not be accepted on their own.

The closing date is Monday 26 November 2018.

MGS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.  All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening.

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Information Book Award 2018: 2018 Winners Announced

The winners of the Information Book Award 2018 were announced on 7 November 2018 at Carmelite House in London.

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Hertfordshire SLA CPD Meeting

Hertfordshire SLA CPD Meeting

DATE: Wednesday 14th November 2018.

TIME: 9am to 12noon.

VENUE: Sandringham School, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9NX. www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Herts SLA are delighted to announce our next CPD morning, on Wednesday 14th November at Sandringham School, St Albans. The focus of our meeting is a workshop on Social Media in the School Library, led by Barbara Band (www.sla.org.uk/barbara-band.php).  Barbara has over 25 years’ experience as a school librarian and is a former President of CILIP and is an engaging and inspiring presenter with a real passion for school libraries.


9-9.30. Arrival. Coffee/tea. Networking.

9-30-11. Barbara Band: Social Media in the School Library.

11-11.30. Break for coffee/tea.

11.30-12. AOB. Book Exchange. Networking.


Cost - FREE to SLA members, £5 non-members (payable by invoice).  All welcome.

RSVP jvance@st-albans.herts.sch.uk by Wednesday 7th November, together with any items for AOB.

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CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Awards announced

Nominations have been published for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards, recognising outstanding writing and illustrations in children's books. 

Visit the CKG website for the full list.

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SLYA - closing date extended

The closing date for the School Librarian of the Year has been extended to the end of November. Nomination forms can be found here: https://www.sla.org.uk/slya.php

It's a brilliant way of developing your practice, and inviting new opportunities in. For more information have a look at this Qand A session with some previous winners: https://www.sla.org.uk/q-and-a-with-slya-winners.php

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