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Competition: Win a Storytelling book for Primary School Children

The competition is to win a set of the book 'The Natural Storyteller', and a Performance from the Author, for a Primary school, so could really be ideal for school librarians. 

Competition Postcard The Natural StorytellerThe book combines literacy and environmental and outdoor education perfectly. It is filled with stories that inspire awe and excitement about the nature world, some salient environmental messages, and much more, as well as activities and tasks to undertake to help the children become better at remembering and telling stories aloud, and to spend time connecting with nature and the world around them.

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Job Vacancies: Newcastle School for Boys - Senior School librarian.

Newcastle School for Boys is seeking to appoint an ambitious and suitably experienced individual to the post of Senior School librarian. The post offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a candidate who has the vision and drive to continue the development of an effective and vibrant new Senior School library at this growing independent boys’ school.

 The successful candidate will lead and manage the new Senior School library to support the School’s teaching and learning, particularly through facilitating boys’ independent learning (including the use of new learning technologies) and their reading for pleasure.

The ideal start date is April 2018 or sooner, although it is more important to us to appoint the right candidate.

The School envisages the successful candidate working approximately 20 hours per week arranged as 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, term time plus 15 days. The exact hours and working arrangements are reasonably negotiable for the right candidate. It is anticipated that these hours may increase over time as the School and its library provision grow.  

The salary will be in the region of £19,500 to £26,000 per annum pro rata according to experience and qualifications.

The key purpose of this role is to lead and manage all aspects of the Senior School library:

  • To support teaching and learning at the Senior School.
  • To provide a facility and environment that promotes and supports boys’ independent learning.
  • To provide a facility and environment that promotes and supports boys’ reading for pleasure.

 All completed applications should include a concise supporting letter and arrive no later than 4pm on Friday 9th March 2018.  Interviews are likely to take place during the week commencing Monday 19th March 2018.

Application Form - 2017-2018

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Applications may be e-mailed to the Headmaster’s personal assistant, Mrs Sharon Greener, at
sgreener[at]newcastleschool.co.uk or posted to David Tickner, Headmaster, Newcastle School for Boys, The Grove, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1NH. CVs will not be accepted as substitutes for the School’s application form.

 Newcastle School for Boys is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and this position is therefore subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and other pre-employment checks.  Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with previous and current employers and the DBS.

 

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Calling young budding writers! Enter Wicked Young Writer Awards!

WYWA NLT 2018WICKED, the award-winning West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the witches of Oz, together with the National Literacy Trust celebrates its eighth year of the prestigious WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS. As in previous years, entrants can enter one of five different age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. In addition, the 2018 Awards see the third year of the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction, encouraging 15-25 year olds to write essays or articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities and the world we live in. The WICKED FOR GOOD programme supports the charitable causes at the heart of the stage musical. There is a 750-word limit (not including the title words) on any theme. In the fiction categories, any creative writing will be accepted, a story, play or poem, it can be something written at school or home that has not be entered into a competition before. If you prefer to write non-fiction, you may like to enter the Wicked: For Good Award for Non-Fiction and write an article, essay, biography, review or letter, to name a few! A shortlist of 120 entrants from across the UK will see their work published in the WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS Anthology. They are also invited to an exclusive ceremony at London’s Apollo Victoria, home to the hit musical since 2006, where judges and members of the WICKED cast will read the winning stories and poems and announce who has won in each category. For T&C’s and full prize fund structure please see Wicked Young Writer Awards website. WICKED, the award-winning West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the witches of Oz, together with the National Literacy Trust celebrates its eighth year of the prestigious WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS. As in previous years, entrants can enter one of five different age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. In addition, the 2018 Awards see the third year of the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction, encouraging 15-25 year olds to write essays or articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities and the world we live in. The WICKED FOR GOOD programme supports the charitable causes at the heart of the stage musical. There is a 750-word limit (not including the title words) on any theme. In the fiction categories, any creative writing will be accepted, a story, play or poem, it can be something written at school or home that has not be entered into a competition before. If you prefer to write non-fiction, you may like to enter the Wicked: For Good Award for Non-Fiction and write an article, essay, biography, review or letter, to name a few! A shortlist of 120 entrants from across the UK will see their work published in the WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS Anthology. They are also invited to an exclusive ceremony at London’s Apollo Victoria, home to the hit musical since 2006, where judges and members of the WICKED cast will read the winning stories and poems and announce who has won in each category. For T&C’s and full prize fund structure please see Wicked Young Writer Awards website. www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com

Here are the rules:

  • Entrants must be aged between 5-25 years old when entering the Wicked Young Writer Awards
  • Entries can be hand-written or typed
  • Writing must be original and your own ideas
  • Judges criteria: originality, narrative, descriptive language, characterisation.
  • Ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the entry form
  • Open to UK residents only

All winners:

  • Win four tickets to see the London production of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
  • Meet cast members after the show along with an exclusive backstage tour.
  • £50 worth of books/eBooks tokens to spend.

Other prizes for each category:
5-7 also win:

  • A creative writing workshop for your class
  • £100 worth of books for the winners' school library donated by Hachette Children's Books.

8-10 and 11-14 also win:

  • An annual subscription to First News
  • £100 worth of books for the winners' school library donated by Hachette Children's Books.

15-17 also win:

  • A writing masterclass with a professional author

18-25 also win:

  • A self-publishing package from Spiderwize, to publish your very own work.

FOR GOOD: Award for Non-Fiction also win:

  • Work experience at First News newspaper, shadowing the editor Nicky Cox, MBE.
  • The 3 schools that submit the most entries also win creative writing workshops.
  • All finalists’ entries get printed in the Wicked Young Writer Awards anthology.


 

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ReadingZone World Book Day Picture Book Competition 2018

PictBookCompLogo2018 RachelBright SmlChildren and young people aged four to 18 years are being challenged to make their own
picture book on and around World Book Day with the launch of the ReadingZone WBD Picture Book Competition 2018.  The competition is now open and will run in homes, schools and libraries until Saturday 28th April. The winners will be announced in June 2018.

Author and illustrator Rachel Bright (The Lion Inside, The Squirrels Who Squabbled) will select the winning entries across three Categories. These include: Young Creators (ages four to six years); Primary (ages seven years plus) and Secondary (ages 11 years plus).   One overall winner will be chosen.

There is an additional Achievement Award for the most enthusiastic ‘behind the scenes’ activities that have gone into making picture book entries, such as the whole school getting involved.

Picture books entered for the award can be made by individuals and groups and any media can be used. Each picture book can be up to 24 A4 pages.

Each winning individual, school or library will receive 50 printed copies of their picture book; a selection of picture books or fiction titles; and a free author / illustrator visit will be given to the overall winner.  

Visit www.Readingzone.com for further tips, guidelines and entry details.
(The direct link is:  http://readingzone.com/index.php?zone=sz&page=picture_book)

The 2017 picture book competition attracted over 1,300 picture book entries and some 12,000 children are estimated to have taken part in creating a picture book on and around World Book Day.
For more details, please contact: info[at]ReadingZone.com  
 

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Attention if based in South Wales, South West England and London

GWR3 Storytelling Adventures ImageThe Storytelling Adventures Competition invites aspiring young writers to put their skills to the test for the chance to win a money can’t buy prize. The winning pupils will have their entries read aloud on film by well-loved, prize-winning author Jeremy Strong!

The short story writing competition is open to primary pupils in South Wales, South West England and London, aged 5-11 years old, and includes two categories: Super Settings for 5-7 year-olds and Sensational Stories for 7-11 year-olds.  Details here

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Job Vacancies: Librarian, LVS Ascot

LVS Ascot is a high performing co-educational and boarding school, with a reputation for all-round excellence. Through our stimulating curriculum and vibrant co-curricular activities, we provide our pupils with an environment where they are valued, encouraged and inspired.
 
We require an enthusiastic full-time librarian for our thriving Learning Resource Centre.  The LRC is used by all students and staff and is heavily involved in promoting literacy and independent learning skills.  The successful candidate should have prior qualification or professional experience and will act as a deputy to the Head of Learning Resources, running the LRC on a daily basis.  We are looking for an ambitious person with a love of literature and the ability to work under pressure.  Good knowledge of IT and library management systems is essential.
 
So join us and you will find a friendly and supportive team, not to mention superb facilities, great benefits, plus the chance to have an active role in the life of this exceptional school.
 
Closing date for applications is Monday 5th March 2018.
Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.
 
For a role description and to apply please visit the Working For Us section on www.lvs.ascot.sch.uk or contact Helen Austin on helen.austin[at]lvs.ascot.sch.uk.

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Picture and Comic Books for All: Stafford, Staffordshire, 14 March 2018

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 21 FEBRUARY!

Our course Picture and Comic Books for All, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Walton Room, Entrust, The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH on 14 March 2018.

This new SLA course will look at –

- Picture books for specific topics and curriculum aims

- Picture books and comic books to promote Reading for Pleasure for all abilities and to build empathy and understanding

- Digital image rich story apps and sites for reading and creating picture books and comics (including demonstrations on how they work)

The closing date is 27 February 2018. Bookings received by 21 February 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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Job Vacancies: St George’s School, Cologne, Germany - Librarian

St George’s School seeks an experience librarian to lead our library team and further develop the library space.

The School
Serving the international community in Cologne for almost 30 years, St George’s School combines an enriching curriculum with family orientated care. The school has grown from small beginnings into a thriving community of over 750 pupils, aged from 2-18 and representing more than 40 nationalities.

The National Curriculum is taught throughout the school, and we offer the IB Diploma in our Sixth form.

One of a group of four 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 new, purpose built campus on the outskirts of Cologne, St George’s School enjoys direct transport links to the city centre, as well as to the greater area of Cologne-Bonn.

Germany’s fourth largest city, Cologne is a dynamic and vibrant cultural centre, with a large and diverse international community. Situated in the heart of Europe, Cologne offers a high standard of living, as well as numerous opportunities for travel and cultural discovery.
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Cologne-Bonn airport is located only 20km from the school, with many daily flights to the UK, and a high speed rail service connects Cologne to London, via Brussels.

Please download our application pack for detailed information about the role.

For further details, and to make an application, please visit our website:
http://www.stgeorgesschool.de/st-george-s-schools/careers/welcome

Only applications made through our on-line system will be considered.

Applications should be submitted by the closing date of 9th March 2018. The school reserves the right to contact outstanding applicants in advance of this deadline.

St George’s is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will therefore be subject to enhanced background checks.

For any inquires relating to this role, please do not hesitate to contact us directly:

Mr. P. Dickinson
Academic and Recruiting Director.
E-mail:
recruitment[at]stgeorgesschool.de
Tel: 0049 2233 808870

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EMPATHYLAB ANNOUNCES POWERFUL NEW CHILDREN’S COLLECTION

30EMPATHYBOOKS 1Teachers and parents are increasingly concerned about the potentially empathy-draining effect of social media on children, and new pressures caused by societal divisions and the rise in hate crimes. To combat this, EmpathyLab is harnessing the power of stories to build empathy, inspired by scientific evidence showing that reading can boost real-life empathy skills. EmpathyLab asked publishers to submit their best recently published children’s books with a strong empathy angle. Today they announce the titles selected for a 2018 Read for Empathy Guide.

An expert panel has chosen thirty books to strengthen children’s ability to understand other people’s feelings and perspectives, spark insights into different lives and inspire them to put empathy into action in their communities.
A linked book collection for 4-11 year olds is now available from school and library book suppliers Peters.  This is for parents, teachers and librarians to use in the run-up to Empathy Day on 12 June, and beyond.

The Panel praised the quality of submitted books, choosing 14 picture books, 2 graphic novels, 1 poetry book and 13 novels. They noted the many great books exploring the topical theme of displacement and migration, and the need for empathy to help everyone feel they belong.  They chose several strong tiles which help children understand how others experience and manage their emotions, and others which illuminate the experiences of children facing challenging circumstances, such as deafness, autism or bereavement.

The Panel noticed a big gap in the publisher submissions for poetry, and empathy-boosting books for 7-9 year-olds. Within the young fiction arena the panel chose two short novels: Atinuke’s The No 1 Car Spotter Fights the Factory (illustrator Warwick Johnson Cadwell), and Michaela and Elaine DePrince’s Ballerina Dreams (illustrator Ella Okstad). Joseph Coelho’s poetry in Overheard in a Tower Block makes an important contribution.
The panel members were especially keen to reflect the breadth of realities of our society and ensure the inclusion of quality authors and illustrators from our multi-ethnic community. The submissions received highlighted a shortage of available titles for primary aged children by black and minority ethnic authors and illustrators.  However the collection includes nine titles by writers or illustrators of colour and eleven featuring characters from a mix of ethnic backgrounds.

Order the Read For Empathy book collection online at www.peters.co.uk/empathy and enjoy 20% off plus a FREE set of bookmarks and a display poster. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 666 6646 or
email empathy[at]peters.co.uk

2018 READ FOR EMPATHY GUIDE

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Job Vacancies: Tettenhall College: Dynamic, creative librarian

Tettenhall College
www.tettenhallcollege.co.uk

We are seeking a dynamic, creative librarian to help us establish a new library space that will engage and excite all pupils from Nursery to Sixth Form. The role will require initiative, a deep passion for reading and a desire to develop this area fully across the whole School.

Please refer the School website to download an application form and full job description: http://www.tettenhallcollege.co.uk/about-us/vacancies.

Any queries with regard to the post should be directed to Mrs Nicola Phelps (Headmaster's PA): headmaster[at]tettcoll.co.uk

Tettenhall College Inc.
Wood Road
Tettenhall
Wolverhampton
WV6 8QX
T +44 (0) 1902 751 119
F +44 (0) 1902 793 000

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