Do you need help or advice locally? Do you need someone to come into your school? The SLA recommend that you contact your local schools library service in most circumstances. Current school library services are listed here. Where these do not exist, or do not provide the service you need, an independent consultant is a good alternative.  

The inclusion of a consultant here does not indicate any recommendation or approval from the SLA - each school must take up references as appropriate.

Consultants: To advertise your services here please contact consultants(at)

N.B. There is a small fee of £75 (86) + VAT per year for each listing.

Don't forget the SLA offers consultancy services.

We are a small team, but we offer consultancy work dependant on availability. This can include a visit to  help with weeding, making changes to the current library, developing a new library or anything else you need guidance with. If we can't help we will put you in touch with someone who can. 

We can also offer specialised training for your school on developing a reading culture, reading for pleasure or information literacy. Please call or email us for more information. 

Barbara Band

Barbara Band is an award-winning qualified librarian with over 30 years' experience in both independent and maintained schools within the primary and secondary sectors. She offers bespoke school library and training services to suit individual budgets and priorities; from setting up new libraries through to regenerating old ones as well as stock audits and book selection recommendations, Barbara will ensure that your library meets the diverse and inclusive needs of the school community. Full details and further information can be found on her website.

Please contact her to discuss your needs without obligation. 

Barbara publishes regularly on a range of library, reading and literacy related topics, delivers training to librarians and teachers, and works with a variety of literacy organisations to promote the value and benefits of school libraries. She is Treasurer-Elect of the CILIP School Libraries Group, a member of the World Book Day Strategic Advisory Group and Vice-Chair of the CILIP/SLA Great School Libraries Campaign. 

“I would recommend Barbara without reservation to any school.  She understands Safeguarding and operating Child Protection procedures.  She understands the curriculum and the needs across the age and ability spectrum, but above all she understands libraries and has an undiminished passion for books and the opportunities they provide to all young people.” NM, Headteacher, The Emmbrook School, Berkshire

"Barbara is both an experienced librarian and dynamic personality. She has enormous knowledge of the range of services a school librarian can offer and is well able to deliver high quality training to both teachers and librarians." EB, School Librarian.

Barbara is a lively and engaging speaker and always has so much to share. She is extremely generous with her advice, enjoys helping people reach their full potential, and her years of experience in the field of librarianship shine out." BH, Library Consultant

Elizabeth Hutchinson

Elizabeth Hutchinson 

Elizabeth Hutchinson is a professionally qualified librarian with over 16 years experience in school libraries and schools library services. She achieved Fellowship of CILIP on the strength of her teaching and advocacy for school libraries. She is an international speaker, vice-Chair of the #GreatSchoolLibraries campaign, a committee member for the CILIP SLG (School Library Group), renowned blogger and a regular columnist in the CILIP ‘Information Professional’. 

Elizabeth runs an online forum to provide CPD (Continued Professional Development) for school library staff where they can share their ideas and learning.  She was a finalist and runner up in the LILAC Information Literacy Award, where she demonstrated her passion in engaging teachers and students in quality research through running a whole school inset day for teachers.   

As an adviser she can offer a range of services to suit the needs of your school. These include how to effectively use your school library in inquiry learning and training for library staff and teachers ensuring schools are getting value from their school library across the whole curriculum. 

Further information can be found on her website.

Sarah Pavey

Sarah Pavey has over 20 years’ experience as a professionally qualified librarian in schools both in the independent and maintained sectors and is an established and respected trainer and consultant. She also has worked in pharmaceuticals as an information scientist and in qualitative market research. Sarah offers her services both in the UK and abroad. As well as the UK curricula she also has experience of the International Baccalaureate. 

Sarah specialises in digital, media and information literacy training courses for librarians, teachers and students. She is passionate about edtech and the use of game-based learning and gamification rooted in a pedagogical approach. As a consultant she has helped set up modern school libraries with an emphasis on digital resources. Sarah is the author of several books including Playing Games in the School Library (Facet, 2021) and co-author of The Innovative School Librarian (Facet, 2016). Sarah regularly speaks at conferences that have included The World Education Summit, LILAC, UK EdChat, and BETT.

Sarah holds Fellowship of CILIP and the Royal Society of Arts. She has a BSc in Biochemistry, an MSc in Information Science and a post 16 teaching qualification. She is a member of the School’s Library Group (SLG) and Information Literacy Group (ILG) of CILIP’s national committees. She is also a member of the newly formed Media and Information Literacy Alliance (MILA). She has written publications and online training courses for SLA including research skills for primary/junior students, mobile technology, game-based learning, online safeguarding, cataloguing, academic honesty and working smarter.

Full details of services as an independent consultant and trainer can be found on her website.

Sheels Educational Ltd

We specialise in the set-up of new libraries and the regeneration of old, alongside this we also work with schools to create class libraries, making books more accessible to children.

Book Audit: Existing Library Books are checked for: Damages, Age of book (making sure they are appropriate to the current age) and age appropriateness for schools (sometime books are donated to schools which are not suitable for primary level)

Our school Library service includes cataloguing the books to the Dewey classification and colour coordinating them with Topics. Thus, making the library accessible for children in KS1 and KS2. When we set up schools, we provide them with Sheels Dewey Classification Posters. These can be customised according to any school special requests for Topics to be highlighted.

Sheels library services were initially developed due to extensive demands placed upon schools and since then have grown to be one of our most popular services. 

We will be happy to provide names of schools you can contact should you wish to explore how effective our service has been.

To find out more please visit their website. 

Sheels Educational Ltd -  Herts, WD6 3SY. Tel 0208 736 4087/4083

Kate Spurrier

Children’s Books & Education Specialist

Kate is a qualified teacher specialising in language acquisition, reading and phonics, with more than 20 years of expertise in facilitating learning for children, young people and adults. 

She is experienced at managing activities and events in school and public libraries to foster a love of books and raise the profile of reading. Skilled in supporting the development of reading cultures across whole school communities, Kate brings a wealth of innovative ideas to make reading experiences creative, inclusive, informative and fun! 

As an independent consultant, Kate offers expert guidance to explore how to achieve a ‘reading school’ status, tailored for your school’s individual needs. 

Contact Kate here.