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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

Arts Award is ten!

Arts Award supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. In its tenth year Arts Award is aspiring to reach even more young people across the UK. Whether through schools, colleges, arts organisations, museums, libraries or clubs, Arts Award offers young people aged up to 25 an inspiring arts journey and the chance to achieve a qualification.

Get young people working towards an Arts Award this autumn for:

  • their chance to take the 10-month challenge and achieve an award by summer 2016
  • special competitions and themed articles written by young people on artsawardvoice.com
  • discounts on moderations and opportunities to profile your organisation

Wide-ranging support for advisers delivering Arts Award is now available including new resources to support the development of creative projects, or you can find out about training to get started

Follow #ArtsAward10 on Facebook or Twitter for updates on Arts Award’s tenth birthday or pledge your support to reach a quarter of a million awards for young people at artsaward.org.uk/ArtsAward10

 

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Win a copy of Whitaker’s 2016

WhitakersThe Whitaker’s Almanac is the definitive reference guide and ultimate single-volume reference source, packed with thousands of facts, figures, overviews and statistics relating to the UK and the world. It is a brilliant asset for any school library, saving hours of research and cross-referencing between different sources. Read more here.

Fully updated for this year, we have 5 copies of Whitaker’s 2016 (RRP £75) to give away, courtesy of the Whitaker’s team! Simply send an email to whitakerscomp[at]bloomsbury.com including your name and postal address, and 5 winners will be drawn at random on 25th January 2016  
 

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Outsell's 2015 Information Management (IM) Benchmarking Survey - free report for all participants!

Would you like to know how your library stacks up?  Outsell, the research and advisory firm, has launched its 15th annual Information Management (IM) Benchmarking Survey at http://outsell.interceptsurveys.com/IMB.  In return for your participation, you will instantly receive a free 12-page report showing how your responses compare to both your peer group, and the library community as a whole. Outsell's 2014 survey, which included government, corporate, academic, healthcare, school and public libraries, found that budgets increased by 2.8%, and that over 50% of these budgets were dedicated to content. It should take no more than 20 minutes of your time to complete (you can pause it and return at will), and all information will be kept strictly confidential.  The survey will close on 13th November, 2015. Thank you for your kind participation, and feel free to contact us should you have any queries.  Contact: Leonie Nicholas, Affiliate Analyst, Outsell, Inc.: lnicholas@outsellinc.com. You can find the survey at: http://outsell.interceptsurveys.com/IMB
 

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Get free access to the complete Churchill Archive!

Churchill Archive Screenshot with Border.docxThe complete Churchill Archive (www.churchillarchive.com) is now available free of charge to schools for the first time.  Opening up exciting new opportunities for the teaching and learning of History at secondary level, the Churchill Archive offers cross-searchable online access to over 800,000 original documents – from Churchill’s personal correspondence with family and friends to official exchanges, and from photographs and newspaper reports to speeches in various drafts.

“All children should understand Sir Winston Churchill’s fundamental place in our nation’s history and schools can now seize the opportunity to access the Churchill Archive – a tremendous cache of documents that bring history to life.”
Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

Find out more about the Churchill Archive and the free access offer at www.jcsonlineresources.org/catalogue/churchill-archive.
To gain access to the Churchill Archive, one member of staff (usually the librarian) needs to complete the short registration form at www.jcsonlineresources.org/churchill-archive-access-request-form on behalf of their school.
 

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