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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

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Invitation to tender - website & CRM database

The School Library Association would like to invite you to tender for the design and implementation of a new Website, and an upgrade to the current CRM Database.


We are a national charity who believe that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision. The SLA is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.


The Website and CRM Database upgrade can be tendered for individually or together, but they will need to work seamlessly together. The anticipated timeline for this project is 6–9 months. If you would like more information, or to request the Website or CRM Database tender documents, please contact the project manager, Alison Tarrant, on alison.tarrant@sla.org.uk or 01793 530166.


All tenders should be submitted by 11am on 30 April 2018.
www.sla.org.uk

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Blogs/News: Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards

The inaugural Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards  in association with the Open University and the UK Literacy Association have taken place.  The winners were announced by Michael Rosen at the Reading for Pleasure symposium at The Open University on Thursday 22 March:

Whole School Award – St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School, Birmingham

Experienced Teacher – Jon Biddle, Moorlands Primary School, Belton, Norfolk

Early Career Teacher – Emily Crumbleholme, Peover Superior Primary School, Knutsford

You can read their inspiring submissions on the OU website and watch short videos of Michael interviewing each winner.

 The awards are intended to:

  • Highlight research-based effective practice in schools
  • Encourage teachers, who are finding different and effective methods of nurturing a love of reading
  • Amplify the message about the critical importance of reading for pleasure for society and the wider economy

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Reading Blog: SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE UKLA Awards

In the only national book awards which are judged by teachers, the choices reflect their preference for the diversity and quality offered by small independent publishers. Andersen Press, Barrington Stoke, Gecko Press, David Fickling Books, The Bucket List, Two Hoots and Words & Pictures all feature on these lists, which come with the unique guarantee from teachers that these are books which have been tried and tested in the classroom.

The winners will be announced on July 6th at the UKLA International Conference, The Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel.

The Shortlists in full

3-6

The Night Gardener written and illustrated by Eric and Terry Fan (Frances Lincoln)

Odd Dog Out written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Oi Dog written by Kes and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field (Hodder)

The Darkest Dark written by Chris Hadfield and illustrated by The Fan Brothers (Macmillan)

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea written and illustrated by Morag Hood (Two Hoots)

It Starts with a Seed written by Laura Knowles and illustrated by Jennie Webber (Words & Pictures)

7-11

The White Fox written and illustrated by Jackie Morris (Barrington Stoke)

Lesser Spotted Animals written and illustrated by   MartinBrown (David Fickling Books)

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe Written by Megumi Iwasa, translated by Cathy Hirano and Illustrated by Jun Takabatake (Gecko Press)

Welcome to Nowhere written by Elizabeth Laird and illustrated by Lucy Eldridge (Macmillan)

 Me and Mister P written by Maria Farrer and illustrated by Daniel Rieley (OUP)

The Street Beneath My Feet written by Charlotte  Gullian and illustrated by Yuval Zommer (Words and Pictures)

12-16

Encounters written by Jason  Wallace (Andersen Press)

Come Apart written by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)

Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord written Bessora, translated by sarah Ardizzone and illustrated by Barroux (The Bucket List)

Saint Death written by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)

Frogkisser! written by Garth  Nix (Piccadilly Press)

Where the World Ends written by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne)

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Resources Blog: Browns are Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

Feedback from customers has found the decline in showrooms, reduced resources and time restraints a challenge for literacy co-ordinators sourcing educational content for students.

Browns Books for Students have endeavoured to find a solution to provide as many physical books as possible, including our handpicked collections and newly published titles directly to our customers.

Browns Books for Students have created a Mobile Educational Book Showroom in a double decker bus! Stocked with over 4000 books for the educational sectors.

Our Book Bus is an Alexander ALX400 low-floor Double Decker with a 2002 Dennis Trident 2 chassis that has been completely refurbished and customised to our unique requirements. Measuring 10.5metres long, 2.55metres wide and 4.4metres tall and fitted with an external awning, creating an amazing 50 sq. metre mobile experience.

The lower level of the bus is fitted with two electronic meeting spaces, with live terminals to research titles or receive demonstrations on our online ordering platform or our eBook platform, VLeBooks.

The top deck has been transformed into a mobile showroom with 17 bespoke shelves displaying over 4000 physical books.  We also have 8 electronic displays providing additional information on the content and educational resources.

With mobile stock scanners, users can enjoy browsing the books and scan titles to create selections. Utilise the ordering terminals to review selections and place orders, which are available to be dispatched the same day, or serviced to your bespoke requirements and arrive shelf ready for your library.

 

Getting Everyone Involved!

Why not have students or library representatives on our Book Bus to put together selections that both themselves and their peers consider of interest; and would like to see in their library?

We strongly believe that if patrons of their libraries feel connected and involved in selecting the content for the libraries, they will utilise the library service even more.

Anyone can use a stock scanner to create their selections for you to review and decide whether to purchase.

On board collections will provide Department Heads and Literacy co-ordinators an effective resource to compare and review teaching resources in one place. No need to see multiple reps, no travel, or biased heavy selling.

 

Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

We believe that accessibility to books is crucial and our Book Bus will give the opportunity not only to major cities, but to assist rural communities and educational establishments who are not fortunate to have a static bookstore/showroom.

Our Book Bus will give access to content on site, creating an exciting and unique experience whereby everyone can get involved in viewing titles and adding new stock into schools and community libraries.

 

For more information:

THE BOOK BUS Browns Books for Students, 22-28 George Street, Hull HU1 3AP, Marketing Manager: Nic Hales Tel 01482 384660 - Email nic.hales[at]brownsbfs.co.uk - brownsbfs.co.uk

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Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective Engagement for Learning in the Secondary School Library: Oakham, Rutland, 17 May 2018

Our course Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective Engagement for Learning in the Secondary School Library, run by Jerry Hurst, will be held at Oakham School, Ashwell Road, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6QG on 17 May 2018.

The purpose of this training is to enable staff to develop or increase awareness, confidence,knowledge and skills, in order to engage positively or more positively with students in a Secondary School Library.

The closing date is 2 May 2018. Bookings received by 19 April 2018 are eligible for a £15.00 discount.

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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Information Book Award: SLA Information Book Award Longlist 2018 Announced!

The SLA Information Book Award received a wide range of submissions for consideration for the 2018 award. Chris Brown, the Chair of the judges commented:

 “More books than ever before were submitted for the 7-12 age group including a great many really good books. This is immensely satisfying although it certainly increased the difficulties of the task of judging and so we decided to include 12 titles in the long-list for this age group.

 A superb, thorough and beautifully illustrated reference book: Encyclopaedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, by Eric Hoyt, Firefly Books, was submitted but seems to be ideal for anybody of any age with a particular interest in this subject, so unfortunately did not fit into the age categories for this prize.”

 (NB – Publishers submit books in age groups they define: judges reserve the right to move any titles to an alternative educationally appropriate age group.)

The School Library Association Information Book Award longlist for 2018 is -

7 and Under

Barr, Catherine; Williams, Steve and Husband, Amy

 The Story of Space, Frances Lincoln, 9781847807489

Beese, Ava, Lilli and Nick

 Proud to be Deaf, Wayland, 9781526302182

Davies, Nicola and Scobie, Lorna

The Variety of Life, Hodder, 9781444931198

Gervais, Bernadette

The Ladybird, Laurence King Publishing, 9781786270016

Glynne, Andy and Maldonado, Salvador

Summer’s Story – Living with Epilepsy, Watts, 9781445156668

Markel, Michelle and Carpenter, Nancy

Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books, Chronicle Books, 9780811879224

Oliver, Narelle

Rock Pool Secrets, Walker, 9781406358773

Various

Look I’m a Scientist, Dorling Kindersley, 9780241231074

Various

 My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals, Dorling Kindersley, 9780241276358

Zommer, Yuval

The Big Book of Beasts, Thames and Hudson, 9780500651063

 

7 – 12

 Brake, Mark and Kearney, Brendan

The Big Earth Book, Lonely Planet, 9781787012776

Druvert, Hélène with Druvert, Jean-Claude: translated by David H Wilson

Anatomy, Thames and Hudson, 9780500651360   

Gifford, Clive

Ground Control to Major Tim, Wayland, 9781526300959

Giuliani, Emma and Saturno, Carole

Egyptomania, Laurence King Publishing, 9781786270900

Ignotofsky, Rachel

Women in Science, Wren & Rook, 9781526360519

Lamothe, Matt

This is How We Do It, Chronicle Books, 9781452150185

Manning, Mick and Granström, Brita     

Books, Books, Books, Otter-Barry Books, 9781910959985

Martineau, Susan and Barker, Vicky

Real-Life Mysteries – Can You Explain the Unexplained?

B small Publishing, 9781911509080

Prasadam-Halls, Smriti and Woodward, Jonathan

The Ways of The Wolf, Wren & Rook, 9781526360304

Rooney, Anne and Gilleard, James

Dinosaur Atlas, Lonely Planet, 9781786577184

Taylor, Barbara (author) et al

The Ultimate Guide – Shark, Miles Kelly Publishing, 9781786172457

Various

100 Things to Know About Food, Usborne, 9781409598619

 12 – 16

 Bertie, Alex

Trans Mission, My Quest to a Beard, Wren & Rook, 9781526360687

Brunelle, Julie and Wood, Peter

The Artist in You, Watts, 9781445151694

Kullab, Samya; Roche, Jackie and Freiheit, Mike

Escape From Syria, Firefly Books, 9781770859821

Lamé, Amy                

From Prejudice to Pride, a History of the LGBTQ+ Movement,

 Wayland, 9781526301901

Miles, John C.

Between the Wars: 1918-1939, Watts, 9781445150604

Ridley, Sarah

Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote, Watts, 9781445152615

Robinson, Anthony and Young, Annemarie

Young Palestinians Speak, Interlink Books, 9781566560153

Senker, Cath

Far From Home: Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War,Persecution and Poverty, Watts, 9781445155203

Turton, Sue

This Book Will (help you) Change the World,

Wren & Rook, 9781526360908

Various

Explanatorium of Nature, Dorling Kindersley, 9780241286845

 Alison Tarrant, Director of the SLA said: "Congratulations to all the longlisted books! The judges have some tough decisions on their hands, but this award really does highlight the incredible information books that young people have access to."

The shortlists will be announced in approximately 1 month.

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Job Vacancies-Assistant Librarian: St Paul's Girls' School: Assistant Librarian

 

St Paul's Girls' School

Assistant Librarian

25 hours per week, 38 weeks per year

Circa £15,000

This part-time post will support the Librarian in providing an effective library service at the school. Providing a high standard of customer service is central to the job. In addition to cataloguing new resources and arranging library displays, the role will assist in promoting the libraries as a quiet place of study and optimising the use of resources, both print and online.  The working hours will cover afternoon/evening sessions, five days per week.

To apply you will have a good degree and experience of using a library for study or research. You must possess excellent interpersonal skills and be motivated to work with young people in an education setting. Good organisational skills are essential.

St Paul's Girls' School is one of the country's leading independent secondary day schools for girls aged 11-18. Housed in a grade II listed building on Brook Green, the school provides excellent facilities and is easily accessed by public transport (zone 2). 

Follow the link to our careers site https://spgs.schoolrecruiter.co.uk/ to access further details, or contact our recruitment line on 020 7605 4875. Our on-line application form, including a supporting statement and full CV should be received by noon on the specified closing date. 

Closing date: Friday 13 April 2018, noon
Interviews: Friday 20 April 2018

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective Engagement for Learning in the Secondary School Library: Penrith, Cumbria, 26 April 2018

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective Engagement for Learning in the Secondary School Library, run by Jerry Hurst, will be held at Eamont Room, Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH on 26 April 2018.

The purpose of this training is to enable secondary school library staff to develop or increase awareness, confidence, knowledge and skills, in order to engage positively or more positively with students in their Library.

The closing date is 10 April 2018. Bookings received by 29 March 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (non-members of the SLA working in Cumbria SLS schools), £150 (non members of either group). Additional discounts available for second place delegates (accompanying a full paying individual from the same school).

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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Reading Blog: Resources for The Chosen Ones by Scarlett Thomas

This resource pack is based on The Chosen Ones, the second book in The
Worldquake Sequence from Scarlett Thomas
– author of Dragon’s Green.
It is a modern classic of adventure that will not only transport you away
from the classroom to the fantastical Otherworld, but also spark the
imaginations of all of the magical minds in your class (and yes, we know
there are many…)!


The lessons in this Pack serve as a mini scheme of work with literacy
objectives, providing material for four or more KS2 lessons – perfect
for classes of any ability in Years 5–6. The aim of these lessons is for the
children to improve their reading comprehension and inference skills –
taking their understanding of the text to a more sophisticated level.
So it’s time to pack your magical books and get ready for a reading
adventure. YOU are the chosen ones, and the journey starts here…
For more information about The Worldquake Sequence,
visit www.worldquake.co.uk.
 

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Reading Blog: Q&A with Melvin Burgess, hosted by Hannah Kate at The Portico Library

Q&A with Melvin Burgess

19 April 2018, 6.30pm | The Portico Library, Manchester

IBBY UK and the Portico Library are pleased to present a Q&A session with author Melvin Burgess. A patron of The Portico Library, Melvin is an award-winning author of children's and young adult fiction. Often referred to as 'the godfather of teen fiction' by the British press, his novel Junk, published in 1996, was widely lauded for its realistic portrayal of youth, drugs and sex. He was nominated by the UK for the prestigious 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award, which is presented biennially by IBBY. Previous winners of the award have included Tove Jansson and David Almond.

The event will be chaired by Hannah Kate, a poet and short-story writer based in Manchester whose work has appeared in various national magazines. As well as an academic, she is a presenter for North Manchester FM radio station and the host of a popular literature show, Hannah's Bookshelf, every Saturday with various authors.

After an introduction and dialogue with Melvin Burgess, Hannah will open the floor to questions from the audience.

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Reading Blog: BookLife gives away £3 million to UK primary schools

One of the country’s leading educational suppliers, BookLife, has set up a new scheme to support school libraries and help primary schools improve their literacy skills.
BookLife’s new Match Funding scheme offers varied reading material for children. They have allocated £3 million to give away to schools, sourcing books from 30 UK publishers. BookLife has over 3,000 products in their Match Funding catalogue covering all curriculum requirements, plus lots of fiction. The company saw that many primary schools were struggling to stock their school libraries and knew they had to help. Their scheme allows doubling on book resources, so for every pound a school spends with BookLife, they will receive another pound for free to spend on more school books and resources of their choice.
Currently, BookLife has given away over £2 million in the first three months and hope that they can help even more schools in the coming months. They have started to already see the benefits their scheme has been having with schools.


Our school is in a deprived area and it has always been our aim to provide a fantastic range of books to inspire our children to develop a love of reading. With BookLife's amazing Match Funding offer we have been able to expand our resources to further achieve this goal.” – Julie Jones, Orchards C of E Primary School.


The Match Funding scheme is open to all UK primary schools, large or small and with no minimum or maximum limits. This allows any school to ensure their budget is working efficiently to provide educational and fun books for pupils of all ages.
BookLife’s Match Funding scheme is running until 24 July 2018 and they advise schools to make use of it whilst they can. To find out more about Match Funding, go to www.booklife.co.uk
 

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Resources for auditing books

TES Strategies

TES has released a useful article on "Three strategies to engage primary pupils in reading".

One of the things is doing an audit of the books in your classroom – so here are two tables you can use to conduct an audit. These are available in a new section of our "Support for Primary Schools" pages: 
Audit of Books.

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SLA launches 2018 Member Survey

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The SLA is keen for your opinions on how we are supporting you, and how we could do better. We would like to make informed decisions about how to move forward, which areas we could focus on and what we could improve on and we can only do that with your opinions at the very centre.

This survey is for members and non-members, so if you aren’t a member, but are involved in reading provision in school please answer as well. The survey is completely anonymous, so if it causes any questions to arise, please contact the office directly. It should take about 15 minutes to complete, so perhaps make a cup of something warm and help improve the SLA while you drink it. Thank you.

SLA 2018 Member Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JSFT7DQ

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Welcome to the SLA Website: Weekend Course booking is open!

Booking for the weekend course is open! It is going to be an amazing weekend in Glasgow with loads of brilliant speakers, including Yvonne Manning, Dr Dorothy Williams, Marc Lambert, Duncan Wright and Lari Don. More information and booking can be found here: http://www.sla.org.uk/weekend-course-2018.php

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Correction in The School Librarian

Lighthouse cover BelyaevOur apologies for a production error in Spring 2018 issue of The School Librarian which mistakenly confused the Russian and English language versions of "How Does a Lighthouse Work?" (p60). The review is for the Russian language edition of potential use to language students.

The correct publishing information for the Russian language edition of the book is:

Belyaev, Roman
Kak Rabotaet Maiak? (How Does a Lighthouse Work?)
Samokat, 2017, pp48, £19.50
978 5 9175 9581 8

The Russian edition is available from European Schoolbooks Ltd, which offers discounts to SLA members:
https://www.eurobooks.co.uk/title.php?code=041829

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Job Vacancies: Park View, North London - School Library Manager, Maternity Cover

Grade - S01 – Range £27,801 to £29,517 pro rata 

Fixed Term until 31st August 2018

Maternity Cover

Required ASAP

Park View is a high performing, diverse and inclusive community school in Tottenham, North London

We are looking for a candidate to be responsible for the organisation, management and development of the school’s Library to support learning, teaching and enrichment activities throughout the school.

To find out more or request an application pack please visit our website www.parkview.haringey.sch.uk. Alternatively contact Serita Shah on 0208 826 9178 / email: sshah[at]parkview.haringey.sch.uk

Closing date for submission of applications is: 9.00am on Friday 9th March 2018

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed - W/C – 19th March 2018

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check prior to appointment.

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Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective Engagement for Learning in the Secondary School Library: Penrith, Cumbria, 26 April 2018

Our course Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective Engagement for Learning in the Secondary School Library, run by Jerry Hurst, will be held at Eamont Room, Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH on 26 April 2018. The closing date is 10 April 2018. Bookings received by 29 March 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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Reading Blog: Authors celebrate World Book Day by picking the books that impacted them

Authors including Julian Clary, Katherine Rundell and Holly Smale share the books which opened doors for them on World Book Day 

 

The authors have all taken part in Book Aid International’s ‘New Worlds Through Books’ campaign which celebrates the universal power of books to expand horizons and enrich lives. The charity asked participating authors to share a short piece or video about a book which opened a door to a new world for them. Over two weeks, the charity shared these insights, using them as a way to highlight the universal power of books to open doors and create positive change.

 

Julian Clary shared a video about his chosen book, saying: “Well, a book that opened doors for me was Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. I read it when I was, I suppose, 11 years old and I’d never been very adventurous until then but when I read about what they got up to in that book and the adventures they had on the boat, I thought ‘this is the sort of life I’m going to lead’. Watch Julian’s video here: www.bookaid.org/2018/02/28/new-worlds-books-julian-clary

 

Geek Girl author Holly Smale shared how Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery turned up at exactly the right moment: “Anne became more than my friend: she was me, except just a few metres ahead. Showing me I could do it. When I tried to write my first adult novel… I wanted to give teenagers another friend: someone they could turn to when they had nobody else…who would let them know they were enough. Much like people, books come in and out of our lives… But every now and then, the right book finds the right person at the right time. And when it does? It’s a love that lasts forever.” Read Holly’s full contribution: www.bookaid.org/2018/03/01/new-worlds-books-holly-smale   

 

Katherine Rundell selected Charmed Life by Diana Wynn Jones saying that it “was the kind of book that stretches the edges of your horizon; it made me see how strange and witty and valiantly, gloriously unhinged a book could be”.

 

Cerrie Burnell focused on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott saying the book was “like a doorway back into history learning about these women’s amazing lives. If I had read this book when I was little, it would definitely have given me the motivation to write about things that are important to me. So I think it’s a really beautiful lesson in finding books that inspire you, that encourage you to do great things in the world and that tell stories that are powerful and relevant.” See Carrie’s full contribution and watch her video: www.bookaid.org/2018/02/15/new-worlds-books-cerrie-burnell

 

Contributions all of the authors who took part in the campaign, including Elizabeth Wein, Hannah Russell, Jacqueline Wilson and Yaba Badoe, can be found at www.bookaid.org/latest

 

Book Aid International’s Chief Executive, Alison Tweed, expressed the charity’s gratitude to the authors who took part: “I would like to extend a very warm thank you to all of the authors who contributed to our campaign. By lending their voices, they have helped to amplify the message that books have the power to enrich lives and expand horizons – and that everyone should have access to books, whatever their circumstances. Today, on World Book Day, we are very pleased to join in the global celebration of all the positive change that books and reading make possible.” 

 

Anyone who wishes to do so can share a story about a book which opened a door to a new world for them. Anyone can tweet a contribution [at]Book_aid, email worldbookday[at]bookaid.org or share to the charity’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bookaid.

Book Aid International is a World Book Day supported charity. Every year UK schools and families mark World Book Day by donating £1 and dressing up as a favourite book character, by holding a fundraising event or by simply making a donation to mark the day. Last year, schools and families raised £140,000 – enough to send 70,000 books to those who need them. This year, the charity hopes to raise even more.

 

It costs just £2 to send a book, so every penny raised really does make a difference. To find out more about making Book Aid International part of your World Book Day celebrations, visit www.bookaid.org/world-book-day.  

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Resources Blog: Read Write Inc Open Days

On 19 March a selection of 'Model Schools' in the UK are inviting headteachers and literacy leads to attend an open day to see the Read Write Inc. education programme in practice. Attendees can find out how the programme, published by Oxford University Press, can improve literacy and help to decrease the 'word gap' between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.  

 The open day will take place on Monday 19 March in Caerphilly, Cornwall, Derby, Norfolk, Romford, Wokingham, Birmingham and East Sussex at 'Model Schools' for Read Write Inc., and will be open to all headteachers and literacy leads in the local area. At the open day visitors can expect to find out how the Read Write Inc. programme is implemented in their schools and see the benefits of the programme and it is improving literacy. During the day, visitors will be able to observe lessons, meet other schools in the area, get advice on how to implement the programme and see the positive impact on behaviour across the school. 

 One of the highlight factors of Read Write Inc. schools is that they are talk-a-lot schools where speaking and listening skills are developed through partner work. By developing children’s vocabulary, Read Write Inchelps to address problems associated with the ‘word gap’, recently highlighted by the government’s Department for Education single departmental plan. 

The ‘word gap’ has been identified in children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who by the age of 3 are on average almost a full year and a half behind their more affluent peers in language development. In the report the DoE make recommendations on how to eliminate the 'word gap' through education in order to improve social mobility and equality of opportunity, the Read Write Inc. programme is in line with this.

  “Our Model Schools demonstrate an inspirational passion and excitement for teaching. Their attention to detail and focus on continuous professional development
marks them out and is the key to their success in getting every child to read by 6. No child should get left behind and with the right teaching and assessments we can ensure

every child is understood and the gaps in their knowledge identified and addressed.”

Ruth Miskin, Creator of Read Write Inc.

 For more information on which schools are taking part and to book a place at one of the schools teachers can visit this webpage: https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/rwi/model-schools-open-morning/?region=uk

 Or for booking enquiries please email oxfordprimaryevents[at]oup.com                               

For more information, images or to speak to one of the experts at OUP Education please contact publicist: Laura Smythe m: 07881555530 or email: laurasmythecontact[at]gmail.com

 Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP t: 01865 354579

www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/readwriteinc Twitter: [at]OUPPrimary Facebook: [at]oxfordeducationuk

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