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Weekend Course 2006

  • "If You've Got It, Flaunt It — Promoting the School Library"
    Fri 23 - Sun 25 June 2006
    University of Bath

School Librarians often find it hard to tell others about their contribution to the learning and teaching that is carried out in their school, and sometimes feel that they could promote the library more effectively than they do at present. So our Weekend Course this year aimed to encourage delegates to effectively promote their libraries, the work they undertake, often unrecognised, and their support for the development of literacy and information literacy among students and staff. We wanted to inform and upskill them, and send them away with practical ideas and suggestions.

Delegates obviously felt that aim was achieved. Here are some of the things they said about the course:

“You have had some fabulous speakers, haven’t you! I’ve got enough ideas for a million years now…”

“I’m really buzzing with it all…”

“It was my first SLA weekend. If the budget will only stretch to one INSET opportunity next year – this will be the one!”

“I’m now ready to flaunt it! A thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding weekend – I’m already looking forward to next year.”

“…..piled up lots of useful tips, enjoyed the buzz and shared interests. Well done team.”

“The contact with other professionals in the field is invaluable and I took something good from every workshop.”

“An extremely full programme – full of good ideas and opportunities to network with our peers – thank you!”

The keynote speakers that helped to cause the buzz were:

Rachel Van Riel, Director of Opening the Book, who talked about promoting books and reading through attractive, uncluttered environments. Also showed the reading website www.4uReaders.net

Phil Jarrett HMI, Senior English Advisor, Ofsted, and author of the recent report Good School Libraries – making a difference to learning discussed the findings and recommendations made in this report.

Anne Fine, prize-winning author and former Children’s Laureate, talked about her body of work and discussed how her political science background may have influenced her writing.

Miranda McKearney, director of The Reading Agency, talked about reader promotion and the importance of ‘wrap-around’ support for reading linking home, school library and public library. She encouraged delegates to share their current reading, and a full list of titles is available for download (PDF, 13 KB).

Melvin Burgess, award winning teenage author, spoke about censorship and teenage reading, commenting that students are not considered old enough to read about the type of life that they are living.

Other authors at the weekend were John Boyne, Liz Elwes, Cathy Hopkins, Brian Keaney, Robert Muchamore, Sophie Parkin and Mal Peet.

In addition to the keynote speakers and a range of workshops and other optional sessions on topics supporting and developing the theme, the SLA was delighted to announce a major new initiative. A new Discussion Forum was launched for the website, giving members the opportunity for supportive and professional discussion with peers. Two threads launched at the weekend were about feedback on the course and how people will improve their practice in school as a result of coming to it. Other threads can be added by members within a wide range of discussion topics.

A sad event was saying farewell to our retiring President, Aidan Chambers, who will however still be involved with SLA in other ways, but we were happy to be able to confer on him Honorary Life Membership, and of course our new President, Gervase Phinn, who also joined us at the weekend, will be a great asset, and a worthy successor.

As usual our bookshop was run very professionally by the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre, and our Resources Exhibition was voted the best of recent years by delegates. Other activities were Jane Austen themed (well we had to really didn’t we!) and included a free guided walk in Bath before the weekend course began, and music by Concert Royal after Saturday Dinner from their programme Jane Austen’s musical England.

The SLA is particularly grateful to all of the sponsors for this year’s course, Andersen Press, Hachette Children’s Books, Hodder Children’s Books, Orchard Books, Piccadilly Press, Puffin Books, Random House Children’s Books, Softlink Europe and Walker Books.

Downloadable Presentations

The following PowerPoint presentations are available for download. We recommend that you use the PPS files if you have broadband and PowerPoint (or a PowerPoint viewer); the PDF files if you have broadband but no PowerPoint; and the HTML files if you do not have broadband. Please note that the quality of the conversion to web-based formats is not always perfect, and what you see will depend on your browser and operating system. The HTML versions work best with Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows.


  • Phil Jarrett HMI, Good school libraries: making a difference to reading
    PPS (11 MB) | PDF (3.8 MB) | HTML (online)
  • Miranda McKearney, Enjoying Reading - joined up support for children's reading
    PPS (4.3 MB) | PDF (0.6 MB) | HTML (online)


  • Geoff Dubber, That was great, Miss! - can we have another one? The high profile LRC book event
    PPS (376 KB) | PDF (1.4 MB) | HTML (online)
  • Ingrid Hopson, The road to understanding
    PPS (5.9 MB) | PDF (3.25 MB) | HTML (online)
  • Judy O'Connell, Learn to read, learn to succeed: developing literacy with Accelerated Reader
    PPS (1.2 MB) | PDF (473 KB) | HTML (online)
  • Rosie Pike, If you've got it, display it!
    PPS (20.2 MB) | PDF (1.65 MB) | HTML (online)
  • Anne Robinson, Make friends and influence people: how to get the SMT on your side
    PPS (296 KB) | PDF (1.4 MB) | HTML (online)

2006 Programme

The full programme is still available for download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

Weekend Course Programme 2006

PDF file, 144 kB

Requires Adobe Reader