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Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the library's critical place: Stafford, 15 March 2017


Our course Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the library's critical place, run by Angie Curran, will be held at Entrust HQ, The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH on 15 March 2017. 

This course takes a close look at the position that secondary schools, sixth form and FE colleges find themselves in now that reading levels (as identified under APP) are no longer acceptable to Ofsted.  It will explore how this new demanding landscape makes the work of the school and college library critical to the success of the English department and whole school literacy: strategically creating opportunities, supporting and monitoring students’ progress in reading levels.  Testimonials from previous sessions of the Reading Levels course include –

  • Lots of ideas on promoting reading to whole school.
  • Brilliant and very useful.  I am so full of ideas.
  • Very useful ideas plus lots of information about new GCSEs.

The closing date is 1 March 2017.

Key Audience:  Secondary school library staff

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Job Vacancies: Bedford Girls School - Senior LRC Assistant

We have a vacancy for a full-time, term-time Senior LRC Assistant to work in our Junior School Library to start as soon as possible.
The person we are looking for will be a team player with a passion for books and reading, preferably with previous school library experience, who is able to relate well to children in order to enthuse the Junior school girls to read for enjoyment and make our Junior School Library a stimulating learning environment.
The successful applicant should be flexible but efficient, well organised and able to work independently as well as part of the Library team. They should also be creative in looking for new initiatives to promote reading throughout the Junior School. The successful applicant will also work in the Senior School Learning Resources Centre as required.
This role is term-time only plus 5 days to be worked in the school holiday’s to be agreed with the Learning Resources Centre Manager.

SRP.05 Application Form Aug 16

Word document, 265 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)


An application form and information pack can also be downloaded from our website or requested by email from hr[at]
Closing Date: 8th March 2017
Interview Date: 21st March 2017
The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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French school librarian looking for a British school librarian for a two-week exchange

An email received in the office that might be just what you are looking for - an exchange visit!

Dear colleagues,
Currently, I'm "professeur documentaliste", that is to say a school librarian and a teacher of information literacy, in Paris (France). I'm looking for a British school librarian who would be interested in a teacher professional visit program with the CIEP (the French equivalent of the British Council).
During two weeks, he/she will go to my school and work with me at the "CDI" (centre de documentation et d'information, i.e. the school library), to learn more about how the French education works and strengthen his/her French language skills. After that, I will be the one who will visit his/her school for a two-week stay.

To apply for next year, the application form has to be completed by March 26, 2017.

My school is the Collège Gérard Philipe. It is situated in the North of Paris. It's a secondary school with 350 students from 11 to 15.

As school librarian, I manage the resource centre and occasionally teach information literacy. I have a blog ( on which I share all my resource and lesson plans.

Such an international experience is a great opportunity to enrich our practises and personal skills for the benefit of our students.

If you are interested, please contact : cdigerardphilipe[at] 
To find out more about the teacher professional visit program, visit (in English) or (in French, with more details).

Claire Cassaigne
Collège Gérard Philipe
8 rue des Amiraux, 75018 Paris

portail en ligne du CDI :

blog de mutualisation :

on Twitter : [at]fenetresur

Please contact Claire for further information.

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Help, I'm in Charge of the School Library!: Sheffield, 28 March 2017

Our course Help, I'm in Charge of the School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Longley Park Sixth Form College, Horninglow Road, Sheffield S5 6SG on 28 March 2017. 

An essential course for anyone new to running or managing a secondary school library, delegates will consider the role of the library in the school, gain an overview about all aspects of managing the school library and learn about the processes and practical aspects of running it. They will leave with the confidence to move the library forward and ensure it is used to maximum effect within their schools.

The closing date is 14 March 2017. Bookings received by 28 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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WBD and Picturehouse Cinemas

Picturehouse Cinemas are thrilled to be working with World Book Day and local bookshops to offer a series of amazing talks from some brilliant authors.

Expect some readings, some words of advice for any aspiring writers or illustrators, the chance for your students to ask some questions and a lot of fun! Tickets are just £2.50 per student.

To find out more and book your tickets, visit

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Spinks British Coins

This historic reference work for British coins is still the only catalogue to feature every major coin type from Celtic to the present day, arranged in chronological order and divided into metals under each reign, then into coinages, denominations and varieties.  Under Elizabeth II the decimal issues are separated from the pre-decimal coinages, with all decimal coinage since 1968 listed in a separate volume.

The catalogue includes up-to-date values for every coin, a beginner’s guide to coin collecting, numismatic terms explained and historical information about each British coin, from our earliest (Celtic) coins, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Norman coins, the coins of the Plantagenet Kings, the Houses of Lancaster and York, the Tudors and Stuarts, to the more modern Milled coinage, minted for the first time in 1561 during the reign of Elizabeth I. 

From the earliest of times, coins have been used by states or monarchs to communicate with people; Coins of England is therefore not only a reference book for collectors, but a fascinating snapshot of British history, illuminating its economics, technology, art, politics and religion.

If your school would like a copy or copies (class sets) please contact

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Job Vacancies: Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire - HEAD OF LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE

Required for September 2017

Cheadle Hulme School is seeking to appoint a self-motivated and forward-thinking professional with experience of supporting learning resources or working in a library setting, to drive innovation and actively promote a modern learning environment in the Learning Resource Centre.The successful candidate will work term-time plus 4 weeks in school holidays, and the salary will be in the region of £30k-£35k per annum (pro-rata), dependent on experience.

Further information and an Application Form are obtainable from the School’s website (Why CHS/Current Vacancies).  An Application Form is to be submitted to the Human Resources Department at the address below, by 9am on Monday 13 March 2017.

Email applications are welcome – humanresources[at]

Cheadle Hulme School, Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Cheshire. SK8 6EF

Telephone: 0161 488 3330

Cheadle Hulme School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All appointments will be checked by the Disclosure & Barring Service.

Cheadle Hulme School is an equal opportunities employer.

Registered Charity Number 1077017 for the education of children.

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The Dragon seeks to appoint a Librarian, who has suitable qualifications or experience, and who is passionate and knowledgeable about books, to make a wide contribution to the life of this busy, exciting and successful school. The post is to cover a maternity leave from May 2017. 

For further information and to apply, please refer to:

Start Date: 2nd May

Closing date: Friday 3rd March although an appointment may be made before this date if an early applicant proves suitable.

The Dragon School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  The successful applicant will be required to undertake a criminal record check via the DBS.

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