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Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader: Snodland, Kent, 21 November 2017

Our course Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at The Holmesdale School, Malling Road, Snodland,Kent ME6 5HS on 21 November 2017.

If you're looking for ways of getting your reluctant readers avidly devouring books this is the course for you.  The first part focusses on some facilities and resources that you are probably unaware of as well as giving you practical hints and tips from someone who has been there and definitely has the t shirt!  There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the programme.  Exciting attractive new books will be showcased in session two, both for struggling and more advanced readers with advice on reading medias that can be more motivating for some students. Session three will cover more general reading promotion, with an emphasis on (but not solely comprising) the use of technology to help your school to become a ‘reading school’.

The closing date is 6th November.  Bookings received by 24th October are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90.00 (SLA members), £150.00 (non-members).  Additional discounts available for a second place delegate attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - see SLA website for details.

Key Audience:  primary and secondary school staff

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Teaching Skills for School Library Staff: Bebington, Wirral, 16 November 2017

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Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held at Wirral Grammar School for Girls, Heath Road, Bebington, Wirral CH63 3AF on 16 November 2017.

Delegates on this one-day participative course will build on current experiences of teaching information skills in libraries and learning centres.  Divided into five sessions, they will look firstly at the nature of teaching and learning before considering each step of the process – planning, delivering, assessing and receiving feedback.  Delegates will be involved with stimulating discussions and there will be the opportunity to share experiences so if you are working with young people, students, small groups of library users or staff this course will help you develop your skills as a teacher and trainer.

The closing date is 2 November 2017. Bookings received by 19 October 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates working in schools which subscribe to Wirral SLS), £150 (non-members of either group).  Further discounts available for a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - see SLA website for details. Payment is not needed to reserve a place.

Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills

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What's in it for me: Partnership offers

Wheelers ePlatformOne  

 

Wheelers Books are pleased to offer all SLA members free access to ePlatform One, a schools eBook and Audiobook solution. Schools will have instant access to over 1,100 eBooks and 500 Audiobooks, over £32,000 worth of popular, award winning fiction content. ePlatform is cost efficient for schools to afford, and convenient for students to access with simple annual memberships, no credits or publisher restrictions to factor in, and 24/7 access via your internet browser & the ePlatform mobile app downloadable to personal devices. There are collections specific to primary or secondary students, with collections designed to keep students engaged and excited and regularly updated with new releases, trending titles or user requests on demand.

 

Wheelers are offering all schools free trials so to experience ePlatform for yourself or for more information, please call James Richmond on 01242 801852, E-Mail on jamesr[at]eplatform.co – or take a look online at https://eplatform.co/uk/eplatform-one/ and sign up for a free demo.

 

 

 

European Schoolbooks Ltd

The SLA has partnered with European Schoolbooks Ltd to give you 10% discount on all European books bought through the European Bookshop website.  Books are available in many languages including French, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian.  Children's books, dictionaries, National Curriculum set texts, games, magazines and coursebooks are all available.  Simply click here or select 'School Library Association' on the Partners page at www.europeanbookshop.com

 

 

 

 

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Job Vacancies: Hendon School, London - Librarian

36 hours per week/ term time plus 2 weeks

Point 29-32

Actual Salary £24325 -£26534

The library is an essential resource within our school. We are looking for someone with energy, vision and drive to ensure that the library remains central to pupils’ extended learning experiences at Hendon School. Hendon is ambitious andoutstanding school that has been recently identified as one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in the country. Students not only achieve outstanding exam results but experience an exceptional community program. Many students have won local and national awards for their contributions to society.

We are seeking someone:

  •  Who should be suitably qualified with excellent ICT skills as well as fluency in speaking, reading and writing.

    Librarian person spec

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Who will be responsible for:

  • Managing and monitoring the library and its facilities and service on a daily basis as a learning and literacy resource.
  • Contributing to pupils’ learning, working in close partnership with teaching and non-teaching staff and in line with the school’s teaching and learning and literacy policies.
  • Developing the library’s contribution to the whole school literacy programme.
  • Organising extended learning programmes/activities to promote a love of reading for information and pleasure.
  • Promoting the library and its resources both within the library and the whole school and externally, where relevant.
  • Keeping up to date with new publications, selecting and ordering new stock as well as classifying, cataloguing and indexing stock for all types of media.

    Librarian JD

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About the employer:

We value

  • Each person equally as an individual who is entitled to be treated with respect at all times.
  • The particular abilities, needs and hopes of all our school.
  • The social, ethnic and religious diversity of Hendon School.

Application forms are available from our website www.hendonschool.co.uk or can be downloaded below

NON TEACHING

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and once completed should be emailed to antonioum[at]hendonschool.co.uk.

We do not accept CVs

Closing date for applications is Noon on 31st October

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider applications from candidates who have the right to work in the UK.

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Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!: Worcester, 14 November 2017

Our course Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD on 14 November 2017.

Delegates on this courses will gain an overview about all aspects of managing a school library, consider the role of the library in the school, learn about the processes and practicalities of running a library and have the opportunity to look at a range of resources for use in their Library and classroom collections.

Topics covered will include creating an inspiring library environment, library organisation and maintenance (including an introduction to Dewey and the benefits of a range of Library Management systems), selecting and buying books, library promotion, budgeting and writing a library policy/development plan. Delegates will leave with the confidence to move the library forward and ensure it is used to maximum effect within their schools.

Places booked by the 31 October closing date are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90.00 (SLA members), £120.00 (for non-members of the SLA who work in schools which subscribe to Worcestershire SLS), £150.00 (non-members of either group).  Additional discounts available for a second place delegate attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - see SLA website for details.

Key Audience: Primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

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Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader: Witham, Essex, 14 November 2017

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 14 November 2017.

If you're looking for ways of getting your reluctant readers avidly devouring books this is the course for you.  The first part focusses on some facilities and resources that you are probably unaware of as well as giving you practical hints and tips from someone who has been there and definitely has the t shirt!  There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about the programme.  Exciting attractive new books will be showcased in session two, both for struggling and more advanced readers with advice on reading medias that can be more motivating for some students. Session three will cover more general reading promotion, with an emphasis on (but not solely comprising) the use of technology to help your school to become a ‘reading school’.

The closing date is 31 October 2017. Bookings received by 17 October 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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The Big BBC Children in Need Spotacular with Lloyds Bank is back and bigger than ever!

Spotacular 2017This year thousands of and schools will be wearing spotty fancy dress, selling spotty cakes and taking part in sponsored spotty challenges, all to raise money to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Children will also participate in 2017’s exclusive fundraising challenge Pudsey’s Round Pound Countdown, collecting old round pound coins that go out of circulation on 15 October and seeing how many their nursery can get for BBC Children in Need.

The Big Spotacular has a host of new online resourcesfor this year, including advice to support SEND learning, posters and a Pudsey coin fill, as well as updated curriculum-linked lesson content. Participation in fundraising last year proved to have a positive impact on children’s teamwork, communication and confidence skills, so there are plenty of educational benefits.

Register for your FREE Spotacular Fundraising Kit, stuffed full of goodies Spotacular Maths Challengeincluding a flatpack money box, posters and stickers.

 

 

 

 

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Preparing the School Library for Inspection: Derby, 8 November 2017

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Preparing the School Library for Inspection, run by Anne Harding, will be held at Derbyshire & Derby School Library Service, Kedleston Road Training Centre, 184 Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GT on 8 November 2017.

During the day delegates will examine where libraries fit in the inspection process, identify inspection priorities, and explore practical ways to get the library and its impact noticed.

Expected learning outcomes

  • greater knowledge of the inspection process and what inspectors are looking for
  • strategies for raising the profile of the library before and during inspection
  • ideas for mapping library provision to key areas of inspection
  • more confidence about appropriate evidence to prepare and ways to present it
  • tips for highlighting key strengths and achievements
  • ideas for self-assessment, monitoring and evaluation
  • opportunities to share concerns and good practice
  • knowledge of key documents and their contents and other sources of guidance

The closing date is 20 October 2017. Bookings received by 13 October 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: A course for primary and secondary school librarians and others with responsibility for the school library.

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