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Crossing the Divide: Effective Induction and Transition Strategies for the Secondary School Library

Course Details:

Induction and transition work is some of the most important that any school librarian can do yet some schools still appear to give it little priority. Everyone uses the school library so everyone needs and deserves an effective welcome and introduction. Planned and informed induction will boost both reading and learning and should lead to more effective and popular use.


This day session will look at some of the key elements of this work, including the importance of curriculum awareness and continuity -

  • The challenge of change for young people & thinking from the DfE and OFSTED
  • Establishing links with partner primary schools
  • Finding out about your new Y6/Y7 customers
  • PR with potential and new parents
  •  Ideas for activities for Y6/Y7 induction
  • Thinking about other  & often overlooked incoming students
  • Adults only ! – Induction for the new staff – all of them !
  • Across the Divide into KS4
  • 6th form induction – challenges and ideas
  • Moving on into HE – helping them into adult study at uni/HE

Trainer: Geoff Dubber

Geoff Dubber is a freelance consultant/trainer working with all and everyone in the UK and further afield to promote effective library use. He has 40+ years teaching, management, library and advisory/consultancy experience with schools, both secondary and primary. He is a former Chair of the School Library Association, and has served on the SLA Board and as Publications Co-ordinator for nearly two decades. He is author or co-author of many of the SLA’s Guidelines series, including those on information literacy, transition, running a book event, behaviour management, secondary library budgeting & secondary library policy. He occasionally writes and reviews for the School Librarian.

Feedback from Course:

"A brilliant course. Would thoroughly recommend it to any school librarians, old and new." Victoria Hodgson, Lower School Librarian, Hall Cross School

"Always interesting with Geoff. Makes us go away thinking, with great ideas." Anne-Marie Royer, Library Assistant, St Angela's Ursuline Convent School

Key Audience:

Secondary school library staff

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.