All our confirmed courses are listed below. If there aren't any, we will be updating this page shortly - please contact the office in the meantime.
The Training Programme is sent to SLA members with the Autumn edition of The School Librarian and is also available as a downloadable PDF file.
Additional courses are added throughout the year, and the Calendar will be updated as appropriate. If you would like a particular course in your area, please let us know by contacting the office and asking for Ann.
Download the Training Update 2020
All courses run for a full day and fees include lunch and refreshments. Standard rate VAT will be added to all course fees.
In exceptional circumstances we can arrange for payment of course fees to be deferred to your next financial year on the provision of an official PO number.
Barbara is a qualified Chartered Librarian offering school library, reading and literacy advice, support and training. She has over twenty five years’ experience delivering customer-focused services in educational environments, supported with project management and promotional skills gained in business and non-profit organisations. A skilled communicator, Barbara delivers training, workshops and presentations to librarians and teaching staff. She has published regularly on reader development, library and literacy-related topics in both librarian and educational journals. Passionate about the value and benefits that all libraries can bring to their community, Barbara is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Chair of the School Library Association Central & East Berkshire branch and SLA Editor.
Alec Williams is a trainer, speaker, and international storyteller, whose work takes him around the UK and to over thirty countries across the world – from Argentina to Korea, from the USA to Burma. He also has wide experience of children’s books through a career in libraries, so is the ideal person for a course which shows the best of stories from books, as well as traditional tales from memory. Alec’s performance work is with all ages of children, from Early Years to mid-teens. He uses high-energy folk stories and brilliant picture books, along with join-in poetry and drama-filled extracts from contemporary fiction. A former Chair of the School Library Association, an Honorary Member of CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group, and one of the National Literacy Trust’s ‘Reading Champions’ for his work with boys, Alec is a frequent visitor to schools, and full of down-to-earth practical advice that will help every librarian and teacher. His training courses are rich in humour, anecdotes, extracts and examples.
Elizabeth Hutchinson, is an independent trainer and adviser specialising in all aspects of school libraries having worked around school libraries all her professional life. She also runs an online forum to provide CPD for school library staff. Elizabeth is an international speaker, vice-Chair of the #GreatSchoolLibraries campaign, a committee member for the CILIP SLG, renowned blogger and a regular columnist in the CILIP ‘Information Professional’. As a finalist and runner up in the LILAC Information Literacy Award Elizabeth believes in the importance of school librarians and good school libraries, demonstrating how they can impact student learning and enhance teaching.
Self Esteem Team
The Trainer for this course will be one of the Self Esteem Team
MAZ - Marie delivers Self Esteem Team’s core classes and their primary programme. Having earned her stripes as a supply teacher she is now in demand for her classes for adults as well as popping into schools around the UK which has given her the expertise to read any classroom. As a fireball of energy (who is very much connected to her inner child), she is a magnet when it comes to young people wanting to learn from her. Not only is she animated and friendly, she is also incredibly skilled.
KAY - If ever a guy was to light up a room it's Kay. His passion for understanding human connections and communities means he immerses himself into different cultures to grasp their inner workings, from Ethiopia to Stockholm to the UK. He then uses photography, film and spoken word to communicate his findings. He's always a hit with even the coolest of customers and most hard to reach students.
Chris Powis is Head of Library and Learning Services at the University of Northampton. He has delivered this programme to a wide range of audiences across the UK and Europe and is the co-author of Teaching Information Skills: theory and practice (Facet, 2004) and A Guide to teaching Information Literacy:101 tips (Facet 2012). His professional interests include the development of librarians as teachers and the iconography of learning spaces. He is a National Teaching Fellow and is a Fellow of CILIP, the HEA and the RSA.