Please note: During the Covid-19 crisis our programme of regional training courses is suspended. We are offering a wide range of webinars during this period.
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Additional courses are added throughout the year, see the Events Calendar for recent updates.
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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.
Sarah is an independent trainer and consultant for school libraries and has worked as a school librarian for over 15 years both in the independent and maintained sectors. She has written the SLA e-learning courses on EPQ and Academic Honesty. She has run courses for sixth form students, teachers and librarians in areas of information literacy, personal and behavioural management and has also helped schools with design for sixth form spaces. Sarah speaks regularly at numerous library conferences and training events and is co-author of The Innovative School Librarian. She is a member of the National SLG Committee and Information Literacy Group Committee for CILIP.
Anne Harding is an independent trainer specialising in children's and young people’s reading and children’s and school libraries. She provides courses and in-service training for national and regional bodies, local authorities, schools and other organisations throughout Britain and beyond. She frequently speaks at conferences.
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.
Susan has worked with school and public libraries for 38 years, and during that time has built up a considerable wealth of knowledge and experience. She is a Chartered Librarian with a BA (Hons) in Librarianship specialising in school and children's services. Susan was Manager of the School Library Service in Gloucestershire for 11 years prior to becoming a school library consultant. During that time, she spent much of her time supporting schools with their libraries and running training courses to support the staff responsible for running the libraries. Susan has been a judge for the National Pupil Library Assistant of the Year award and for Booktrust’s School Library pack.
Bev Humphrey is now a Literacy and Technology Consultant after spending 10 years as a school librarian. She worked in an all boys secondary school in South East London and during this time developed a passion for encouraging her students to read and write for pleasure, often using online media to do so. She was given a Reading Hero Award by the Literacy Trust at the end of the National Year of Reading for her work during this year and her international collaborative writing project, the Write Path was shortlisted for a Times Educational Supplement New Literacy Initiative Award in 2009 and has twice been shortlisted for a Lemos and Crane Literacy Award. Bev also worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as a Lead Practitioner for literacy. As a consultant Bev has presented at seminars and conferences all over the country for E2BN, Renaissance Learning, CILIP, SLG and SLA amongst others. A self-confessed geek, Bev lives much of her life online and loves using exciting new technology as a motivator for young people’s learning. She is a member of the SLA Board, SLA Website Content Manager and Editor, SLA Digital. Bev is at her happiest when enlightening colleagues in education about the possibilities of literacy presented by new technologies for enthusing young people about reading and writing for pleasure or when she is working with school librarians who are of course her favourite people!
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.