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Getting the Most from the Primary School Library

Course Details:

Libraries in primary schools should be about more than providing a book lending service to young children. A good library in a primary school makes an active contribution to teaching and learning by supporting the curriculum with relevant materials, working with the SEN department to provide differentiated resources and takes a proactive approach to teaching information literacy.

At the same time, it is more important than ever to ensure we help every child to develop a love of reading, giving them a taste of different forms of literature and create a general buzz around reading in our schools.

This course is for anybody in charge of a primary school library who is aiming to provide an integrated and inclusive service to their school.


Session 1: Assessing our Library’s Potential

Stock and stock development

The physical space


Relationships with staff and students


Session 2: Learning and Teaching

Different approaches to teaching information literacy

Integrating library skills into the curriculum

Evaluating the library’s contribution to learning for all


Session 3: The Power of Stories

Reader development and progression

Catering for students with specific needs through books in different formats


Author visits, special events, bookfairs


Session 4: Action Planning

Creating a lesson programme for library skills, reading development and information literacy

Assessment materials

Planning a teacher INSET


This course follows on from Getting to Grips with the Primary School Library in that we focus specifically on the library’s involvement in learning and teaching, rather than its initial setup. It is, however, not essential for delegates to have attended the initial course. At the end of this day course, delegates will have outlined a programme of library lessons and created some realistic development targets for their own primary school library.

Trainer: Annike Dase

Now working at St Edmunds Catholic School in Dover, Annike has tackled a number of major library projects since her career in School Librarianship began in 2002.  She developed a primary school library from scratch and implemented a library curriculum for Key Stages Foundation – 2 at Trent College and The Elms Junior School before joining Nottingham Academy as Senior LRC Coordinator where she worked with nearly 2000 students and more than 300 members of staff to develop the Academy’s libraries through library and literacy lessons and careful resource planning. 

Annike is Vice Chair of the SLA Board and has run many very successful training courses for the SLA and other groups in the past. Since joining the SLA Board she has been a SLA Weekend Course Director on several occasions.

Feedback from Course:

Great enthusiam and dynamism.  Inspiring.  Assistant Librarian, Cheshire ELS

Key Audience:

primary school staff with responsibility for the school library

Venues and Dates:

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