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The SLA Resources Blog is designed to highlight new resources which we at the SLA think may be of interest to school librarians and to others working in related fields. The blog is available at https://www.sla.org.uk/resources-blog.php and can also be read via an RSS feed at https://www.sla.org.uk/sla-resources-rss.php.

Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.

Browns are Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

Feedback from customers has found the decline in showrooms, reduced resources and time restraints a challenge for literacy co-ordinators sourcing educational content for students.

Browns Books for Students have endeavoured to find a solution to provide as many physical books as possible, including our handpicked collections and newly published titles directly to our customers.

Browns Books for Students have created a Mobile Educational Book Showroom in a double decker bus! Stocked with over 4000 books for the educational sectors.

Our Book Bus is an Alexander ALX400 low-floor Double Decker with a 2002 Dennis Trident 2 chassis that has been completely refurbished and customised to our unique requirements. Measuring 10.5metres long, 2.55metres wide and 4.4metres tall and fitted with an external awning, creating an amazing 50 sq. metre mobile experience.

The lower level of the bus is fitted with two electronic meeting spaces, with live terminals to research titles or receive demonstrations on our online ordering platform or our eBook platform, VLeBooks.

The top deck has been transformed into a mobile showroom with 17 bespoke shelves displaying over 4000 physical books.  We also have 8 electronic displays providing additional information on the content and educational resources.

With mobile stock scanners, users can enjoy browsing the books and scan titles to create selections. Utilise the ordering terminals to review selections and place orders, which are available to be dispatched the same day, or serviced to your bespoke requirements and arrive shelf ready for your library.


Getting Everyone Involved!

Why not have students or library representatives on our Book Bus to put together selections that both themselves and their peers consider of interest; and would like to see in their library?

We strongly believe that if patrons of their libraries feel connected and involved in selecting the content for the libraries, they will utilise the library service even more.

Anyone can use a stock scanner to create their selections for you to review and decide whether to purchase.

On board collections will provide Department Heads and Literacy co-ordinators an effective resource to compare and review teaching resources in one place. No need to see multiple reps, no travel, or biased heavy selling.


Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

We believe that accessibility to books is crucial and our Book Bus will give the opportunity not only to major cities, but to assist rural communities and educational establishments who are not fortunate to have a static bookstore/showroom.

Our Book Bus will give access to content on site, creating an exciting and unique experience whereby everyone can get involved in viewing titles and adding new stock into schools and community libraries.


For more information:

THE BOOK BUS Browns Books for Students, 22-28 George Street, Hull HU1 3AP, Marketing Manager: Nic Hales Tel 01482 384660 - Email nic.hales[at]brownsbfs.co.uk - brownsbfs.co.uk

Read Write Inc Open Days

On 19 March a selection of 'Model Schools' in the UK are inviting headteachers and literacy leads to attend an open day to see the Read Write Inc. education programme in practice. Attendees can find out how the programme, published by Oxford University Press, can improve literacy and help to decrease the 'word gap' between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.  


The open day will take place on Monday 19 March in Caerphilly, Cornwall, Derby, Norfolk, Romford, Wokingham, Birmingham and East Sussex at 'Model Schools' for Read Write Inc., and will be open to all headteachers and literacy leads in the local area. At the open day visitors can expect to find out how the Read Write Inc. programme is implemented in their schools and see the benefits of the programme and it is improving literacy. During the day, visitors will be able to observe lessons, meet other schools in the area, get advice on how to implement the programme and see the positive impact on behaviour across the school. 


One of the highlight factors of Read Write Inc. schools is that they are talk-a-lot schools where speaking and listening skills are developed through partner work. By developing children’s vocabulary, Read Write Inchelps to address problems associated with the ‘word gap’, recently highlighted by the government’s Department for Education single departmental plan. 


The ‘word gap’ has been identified in children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who by the age of 3 are on average almost a full year and a half behind their more affluent peers in language development. In the report the DoE make recommendations on how to eliminate the 'word gap' through education in order to improve social mobility and equality of opportunity, the Read Write Inc. programme is in line with this.


 “Our Model Schools demonstrate an inspirational passion and excitement for teaching. Their attention to detail and focus on continuous professional development
marks them out and is the key to their success in getting every child to read by 6. No child should get left behind and with the right teaching and assessments we can ensure

every child is understood and the gaps in their knowledge identified and addressed.”

Ruth Miskin, Creator of Read Write Inc.


For more information on which schools are taking part and to book a place at one of the schools teachers can visit this webpage: https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/rwi/model-schools-open-morning/?region=uk


Or for booking enquiries please email oxfordprimaryevents[at]oup.com  



For more information, images or to speak to one of the experts at OUP Education please contact publicist: Laura Smythe m: 07881555530 or email: laurasmythecontact[at]gmail.com


Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP t: 01865 354579

www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/readwriteinc Twitter: [at]OUPPrimary Facebook: [at]oxfordeducationuk

BETT 2012

BETT 2012 returns to London Olympia from 11-14 January 2012 to provide easy access to a wide variety of the latest learning resources available to enhance learning including the main publishing houses. To ensure you remain at the forefront of what are the latest and most cost effective options for your school library, BETT is the place to visit. In addition to the comprehensive cross-section of exhibiting companies, BETT 2012 will also feature ‘Learn Live’ the most extensive continuing professional development programme to date. A plethora of seminars will ensure visitors come away with ideas and best practice examples to help invest in literacy material and supporting technologies in the most efficient and effective manner. The central feature, Learn Live Teach Live,will explore New Worlds of Learning, offering an unprecedented opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with schools around the world.

With more than 650 exhibitors including leading global brands such as Pearson, Oxford University Press, Nelson Thornes and Renaissance Learning, BETT 2012 is the best place to source the latest, resources and services. Of particular interest to those responsible for managing a school’s library are the latest versions of Micro Librarian Service’s (MLS) core systems Eclipse.net and Junior Librarian.net.  MLS is also showcasing new ideas to demonstrate how to use engaging technologies within your school to develop independent motivated readers and learners for life. 

BETT 2012 is free to attend. To register for free entry, visit www.bettshow.com/register. You can also keep up to date with the event’s news by following the event on twitter @BETT_show or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/BETT_Show.

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Wimpy Kid Posters - short deadline

Wimpy Kid posters and giveaways - get these for your school.  Follow the link - http://www.readinggroups.org/offers/wimpy-kid-poster-give-away-and-videos/

Get your request in by Tuesday 18th October!

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Startup Weekend Education - London

Join in the first UK Education tech startup weekend. An intense 54-hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application with an education focus which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skill sets primarily - educators, software developers, graphics designers and business people.  25th - 27th November at Bridge Academy (Just 15 mins walk from Old St tube). Early Bird Tickets for teachers and school librarians £40, register and find out more at londonedu.startupweekend.org

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Booked! Competition

Published World, who bring free literacy magazines to schools all over the UK, has been working alongside Bloomsbury to create a fantastic competition for secondary schools to take part in. They want students to make a book trailer for the brand new supernatural thriller ‘Out of the Depths’ by Cathy MacPhail.

If you would like the student and teacher competition information packs then please email  leah.phillips@publishedworld.com or you can download them at www.publishedworld.com/trailercomp .  The synopsis and the first three chapters of the book can be downloaded from the website www.publishedworld.com/trailercomp under ‘downloads’.   The submitted book trailers will be posted on the Published World website www.publishedworld.com/trailercomp where visitors can vote on who should win.

The winner of the ‘Booked’ Trailer Competition will be announced on the 23rd January 2012.  The winning trailer will become the official trailer of the book as well as the makers or maker getting £100 worth of HMV vouchers and a whole collection of Cathy MacPhail books.  For all schools that enter the book trailer competition they will be entered in to a separate prize draw for £100 worth of Bloomsbury books for their school.

 The trailer can be produced as a class project in small groups or as an out of school project, but all the entries have to be submitted via the school. This is a great way to get a number of departments working together such as Drama, English, library and ICT.

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