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 professional librarian with over 30 years' experience, offering school library, reading and literacy consultancy services, including support, training and advice, to suit your needs and requirements. As a consultant, she is able to offer a completely flexible range of services to suit your requirements and priorities including total or partial library refurbishment, collection development, stock improvement (ensuring diversity and inclusion), whole school literacy programmes, and pupil wellbeing. 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. Workshops are informative and practical, backed up with research and tailored to individual needs and priorities. She is Treasurer-Elect of the CILIP School Libraries Group, a member of the WBD 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

Mona Joshi

Mona Joshi is a professional librarian with over 25 years experience. She most recently transformed the Learning Resource Centre at Westminster City School in London (2010 – 2016) and is passionate about 'reading for life' and embedding the library into school culture as a key central resource. She has a proven track record in engaging students and staff using a range of reading strategies, events and displays. Check out her LinkedIn profile for more information and recommendations. 

Little Creative Days

Tonya Meers (The Chief Storyteller) & Natasha Dennis (The Crafty Chief)  are co-founders of Little Creative Days, an educational resources and training company. They provide a wide range of interactive literacy based and story related workshops for primary schools and early years settings.

They have won a number of education awards for their educational creative storytelling kits and from this they have developed a range of writing workshops for primary schools as well as a number of story related workshops for early years practitioners. Their courses include, Safeguarding through stories, How to get children to interact with stories, Using big books and puppets for EAL and storytelling.  They can also run workshops for parents to help their children develop a love of literacy. (Free if booked with another one of our workshops)

All courses can be adapted to suit the particular needs of the school or setting. They are fully interactive and are guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and buzzing with ideas.

They can also help you to raise funds for your school or setting as they will donate £1 for every one of their books that they sell at a book signing and you can use the money to either buy additional resources from them or reduce the cost of your workshop.

Tonya & Natasha are passionate about helping to raise literacy standards in children and they know that it is a key factor in helping a child to succeed in life. 

For more information go to

Sarah Pavey

Sarah Pavey has over 20 years’ experience as a professionally qualified librarian in schools both in the independent and maintained sectors. She also has worked in pharmaceuticals as an information scientist and in qualitative market research. Sarah specialises in information skills / information literacy training courses for librarians, teachers and students. As a consultant she has helped set up modern school libraries with an emphasis on digital resources. Sarah is the author of several library publications and regularly speaks at conferences that have included BETT and Online Information.

Sarah achieved Fellowship of CILIP on the strength of her information literacy lateral thinking game and had built on this to promote the use of games to teach information handling. She has also written publications for the SLA on mobile technology in schools and shows how this can be utilised as a learning tool for revision and presentation skills as well as for information literacy.

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

John Royce

John Royce has more than 40 years experience in teaching and school librarianship in Zambia, England, Malawi, Germany and Turkey.

John has presented at conferences and led workshops around the world. He has published papers and articles in the professional press, and is the author of Credit where it's due: the school library preventing plagiarism in the SLA Guideline series.  He has served on SLA, ECIS, IASL, IB, and other library committees.  He has served on CIS and ECIS Accreditation Team visiting teams, and has also given consultancy advice to schools in UK, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Now returned to England, John has gone freelance!

He is particularly interested in the promotion of academic honesty, advocating a positive approach. He has a healthy view of technology in education and in our daily lives, and has delved into research on the brain, reading and screen-reading, and on privacy and other issues.He also teaches critical thinking and the need to stay aware and to THINK!  And much, much more.   John is an authorised IB workshop leader and has designed and led workshops for librarians and for teachers.

As well as consultancy visits and advice on library matters, John offers informative, practical, entertaining and empowering presentations and workshops for librarians, teachers and students, tailor-made to meet your needs.

Find out more about John and his contact details at


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.

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