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Regional Courses

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All our confirmed courses are listed below and on our online Training Calendar.

The Regional Training brochure was sent to SLA members with The School Librarian and is also available as a downloadable PDF file.

Additional courses are often added throughout the year, notified via the SLA website.

Training Programme 2017-18

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Course Fees

All courses run for a full day and fees include lunch and refreshments. Standard rate VAT will be added to all course fees.

  • SLA Members: £105.00
  • Non-Members: £165.00

A second delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual):

  • SLA Members: £70.00
  • Non-Members: £90.00

A discount of £15.00 will be given on bookings received up to 4 weeks before the course date.

In some cases, discounts are available to delegates who are not SLA Members but who subscribe to the School Library Service in the area where the course is taking place. Please contact the SLA office for further details of these discounts.

In exceptional circumstances payment for Spring term courses may be deferred to April.

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Teaching Skills for School Library Staff

Course Details:

Developing new skills and adapting to new learning environments is essential for increasing levels of information literacy amongst library users. Delegates on this one-day participative course will build on current experiences of teaching information skills in libraries and learning centres. Divided into five sessions, they will look firstly at the nature of teaching and learning before considering each step of the process – planning, delivering, assessing and receiving feedback. Delegates will be involved with stimulating discussions and there will be the opportunity to share experiences so if you are working with young people, students, small groups of library users or staff this course will help you develop your skills as a teacher and trainer.

Trainer: Chris Powis

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.

Feedback from Course:

"The best SLA course I have attended. Excellent trainer, interesting and practical content - thank you." - School and Community Librarian, Clyst Vale Community College

"Fantastic course from an inspiring and practical trainer." - Senior Librarian, Wellington College

"Chris is an excellent teacher - supportive and thought-provoking." - Librarian, Latymer Upper School

Key Audience:

KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills

Venues and Dates:

  • 16 November 2017, 09:30-16:00: Wirral Grammar School for Girls, Heath Road, Bebington, Wirral CH63 3AF [Map]
    Special attendance fee applies for delegates who are non-members of the SLA but work in schools which subscribe to Wirral Schools Library Service
  • 28 February 2018, 09:00-16:00: EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN [Map]
    Special attendance fee applies for delegates who are non-members of the SLA but work in schools which subscribe to EES for Schools/Essex School Library Service
  • 14 March 2018, 09:30-15:00: St George's College, Weybridge Road, Addlestone, Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2QS [Map]
  • 6 June 2018, 09:30-16:00: Warwickshire Schools Library Service, Unit 11a/b Montague Road, Warwick CV34 5LT [Map]
    Special attendance fee applies for delegates who are non-members of the SLA but work in schools which subscribe to Warwickshire SLS.

How to Register

  • Register online by choosing the "Book Online" button beside any of the courses above
  • Download and complete the printed Booking Form (see below) and send it by post to:
    School Library Association, 1 Pine Court, Kembrey Park, SWINDON SN2 8AD
  • Register by telephone on 01793 530166
  • E-mail courses[at]sla.org.uk, giving
    • Your name/name of school
    • Invoicing address/telephone/e-mail address
    • Details of the course and venue you wish to attend
    • Details of any special dietary or access requirements

Applications will be processed and places will be confirmed in writing. If you are interested in a course the details of which have not yet been finalised, please contact the SLA Office so that the necessary information can be sent to you as soon as it is available.

Training Booking Form 2017-18

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Cancellations and Substitutions

Cancellations by delegates

Cancellations received up to 10 working days before the course date are refundable minus £15.00 administration charge. After that, cancellations are subject to 50% of the course fee. If you do not cancel or attend, the full fee will be charged. Please contact the SLA Office if you wish to send a substitute delegate.

Cancellations by SLA

Unfortunately the SLA cannot accept responsibility for any incidental expenses incurred by delegates for courses which are cancelled due to lack of take-up or other unforeseen circumstances.