Earlybird discount deadline: Tuesday 28th January.  Prices quoted will increase by £15 after this date.


Closing date for applications: Tuesday 25th February


A second place discount of £35.00 will be applied for delegates accompanying a full paying individual from the same school (please contact the SLA office for a discount code)



Why is this course valuable? 

The provider prepares learners for life in modern Britain by equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens and developing understanding and appreciation of diversity.

– Ofsted, September 2019 framework (2019)


 This course explores diversity and inclusion, both within the school library and from a whole-school perspective; BAME, gender, LGBTQ+ and disabilities (including physical and neurodiversity) will be covered. Delegates will examine how diverse their schools are and what they already do before moving on to investigate how they can improve what they offer.  Based on recent research and studies, the course will look at ways to create multiplicity within the curriculum, provide information on resources (both hard copy and digital), how to promote resources, and practical ideas that delegates can take back to their schools.


Areas covered will include –

*  What is diversity and inclusion, what do we mean by this, exploring definitions, how they change and vary within societies

*  Exploring how diverse your school is - looking at the BAME. LGBTQ* and disability populations (including SEN and physical disabilities) including a look at the statistics relating to the UK population.


*  Reasons why we need to provide resources and services - covering both the legal as well as the mental health and well-being aspects.


*  Information needs of students


*  Resources available and how to use/promote them.


*  Looking at diversity and inclusion from a whole school ethos; ways to create opportunities within the curriculum.


*  What can librarians do to create a diverse and inclusive school library


*  How to challenge racist/homophobic comments


Speaker Info

Speaker Name

Barbara Band

Speaker Details
Barbara, a qualified Chartered Librarian, is a school library, reading and literacy consultant. She has over thirty 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 publishes regularly on library and literacy-related topics, and has written several publications for the SLA. 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 features editor of The School Librarian.