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New Stonewall Report

Stonewall have published a new report on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people in Britain's schools in 2017.  The School Report is available to download from their website (and below). The results make disturbing reading with many supports and help not seeming to be available to those who need it.

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Job Vacancies: St Paul’s School, London - Librarian

St Paul’s is a selective Independent Day School for boys aged 13-18, occupying a superb 45-acre site on the south bank of the Thames, west of Hammersmith Bridge. St Paul’s School excels academically at both A level and GCSE, with some of the highest national scores, but it is the work beyond the curriculum that excites both students and teachers alike.

Post vacant:  Librarian  commencing April 2018

The Kayton Library, overlooking the Thames, is the cornerstone of the redeveloped St Paul’s School. With views over the River Thames it is a civilised, calm and scholarly environment in which to pursue academic study.

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We are seeking to appoint a well-qualified professional Librarian to manage the day-to-day running of the library, ensuring that an effective resource and information service is provided to the entire school community. The successful candidate will have previous library management experience and be confident working with both pupils and academic staff.

Salary: c £35k per annum, pro rata of the full time equivalent of £44k

This is a term time only post (plus 4 weeks to be worked at the beginnings and ends of school terms)

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Further details and an application form can be obtained from the School’s website:  www.stpaulsschool.org.uk via the ‘Vacancies’ link.

The closing date for all applications is 9.00am on Thursday 14 December 2017. Interviews will take place on Monday 8 January 2018.

St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employer and the Disclosure and Barring Service. St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors are an equal opportunities employer.

 

 

 

 

 

St Paul’s School, Lonsdale Road, London SW13 9JT

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Job Vacancies: Ashcroft Technology Academy (ATA), London - Learning Resources Assistant

  • 36.5 hours per week for 40 weeks per year
  • Actual starting salary £18,100 inclusive of holiday pay
  • 2% Attendance Bonus
  • Occupational Pension
  • Fitness suite

With 1,300 students aged 11 – 18, Ashcroft Technology Academy (ATA) is seeking to appoint a Resources Assistant to join the Library and Learning Resources (LRC) team. The LRC provision at ATA enjoys a high profile status, is highly resourced and extremely well used.
The successful candidate will have an administrative background, experience of and an interest in working with young people. The post offers a busy learning environment, with a varied workload requiring flexibility and good organisational skills as well as competence in the use of computers. Library experience would be an advantage.
You will form part of a small and friendly team providing books and media material to students and staff. There will be desk duties using the automated library system (training will be given), administrative and office duties, preparation of new resources and the supervision and support of students.
Ashcroft Technology Academy:

  • is graded an Outstanding School (Ofsted 2015)
  • is a highly successful and six times over-subscribed school in south west London
  • has excellent student behaviour and attendance levels
  • provides high quality and well-resourced facilities
  • has an excellent track record of public examination results
  • offers considerable opportunities for training and career development
  • is close to the A3, to East Putney tube station and Putney main line for easy commuting

If you would like to be a part of this successful team, further details and an application form are available from our website www.ashcroftacademy.org.uk or telephone us on 020 8812 3553. Or you can download an application form and further details here:

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You must complete the application form electronically and email it no later than 12 noon on Friday 15th December to recruitment[at]ashcroftacademy.org.uk. However, we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date where we find that there are a substantial number of applications and so we advise that applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

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Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award Shortlist:

Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award have just announced the shortlist for 2017- 2018:

  • The Dragon with a chocolate heart by Stephanie Burgis
  • Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard
  • Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith, illustrated by Erica Salcedo
  • Radio Boy by Christian O'Connell, illustrated by Rob Biddulph
  • Funny Kid for President by Matt Stanton

For further details please have a look at the award's website:

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Children have until February half term 2018 to read and vote for their favourite before our ceremony with last year's winner – Chris Callaghan, on 6th March 2018.

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Tweet chat archive

This evening we held our first tweet chat and it was frantic, informative and fun! We thoroughly enjoyed chatting to everyone about books and libraries and there is an archive of the tweets here if you would like to read them , but be warned - your to be read list will inevitably grow! We will be holding another chat in early January, details to be advised soon.

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School screenings of Wonder

Picturehouse Cinemas are thrilled to be able to offer special screenings for schools of WONDER, the fantastic new film adaptation of R.J.Palacio’s inspirational novel, for just £4 a student.on weekday mornings from 1st December to Wednesday 31st January (subject to availability).

The film is rated PG, is 113mins long, and it's recommended as being suitable for KS2-3. Penguin Schools has also created a free teaching resource to help you plan pre- and/or post-visit lessons exploring various themes from the film and book, including Bullying, Friendship, Family, Falling Out and Getting On,  which you can download here for free.

To find out more and book your tickets, visit http://pheducation.wixsite.com/pheducation/wonder.        

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Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!: Eccles, Greater Manchester, 15 February 2018

Our course Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Eccles Library, Eccles Gateway, Barton Lane, Eccles, Greater Manchester M30 0TU on 15 February 2018. The closing date is 1 February 2018.

An essential course for anyone new to running or managing a 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 also have the opportunity to look at a range of resources for classroom collections as well as the Library.

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.

Bookings received by 19 January 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount. Reduced attendance fees available for delegates working in schools which subscribe to Salford SLS and for 2nd place delegates (accompanying a full paying individual from the same school).

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

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Winners of Information Book Award 2017

The winners of the Information Book Award 2017 have just been announced.

The overall winner chosen by the judges was Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton, Zane Whittingham and Ryan Jones (Franklin Watts) ; whilst the Children's Choice winner was Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt, illustrated by Gemma Correll (Hot Key Books).

The inaugural winner of the Hachette Children's Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books was Nicola Davies.

Read and download the full press release.

SLA Information Book Award 2017 winners

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Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure: Sutton, Surrey, 7 February 2018

Our course Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure, run by Alec Williams , will be held at Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, off Whittaker Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 9QQ on 7 February 2018.

This lively course will make sure that your stories both motivate pupils to read, and show them the pleasure they can get from it.  It will build confidence and give fresh inspiration for every teacher, covering picture books for all ages, plus easy-to-learn stories from memory, across the whole primary range.  There’ll be down-to-earth advice from an internationally-experienced storyteller (choosing stories that work; making stories interactive; holding children’s interest; dealing with interruptions), along with sure-fire book recommendations for hard-pressed teachers.

The closing date is 23 January 2018. Bookings received by 12 January 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

“Your course was a real confidence boost for us, as well as just plain fun – so thank you very much.  Your notes and recommendations too will be really useful.”

Key Audience: primary school teachers and support staff

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Booktrust School Library packs still available

Over 3200 have signed up to receive Booktrust's free book packs so far but there are more available, the closing date for applying is the 22nd December . Full details are here http://tinyurl.com/ycuw4apm , mainstream and special schools are eligible to receive the free books, don't miss out on yours! 

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Our first tweet chat!

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On Monday 27th November between 7.30 - 8.30p.m. we are hosting our first tweet chat over on Twitter and you're all invited! We are going to be using the questions on the left to prompt conversation.The hashtag for the chat will be #ukslachat .  If you'd like to join in but are unsure how to our website content manager, Bev Humphrey, has prepared a how to sheet to help you, PDF below. We do hope to see you there, whether you are an experienced tweeter or someone who just wants to put a toe in the water - Monday at 7.30, Twitter is the place to be!

 

 

 

 

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Job Vacancies: Southern Academy Trust, Librarian (Maternity Cover)

Southern Academy Trust
is recruiting for –
Librarian (Maternity Cover)

Southern Academy Trust is a multi-academy trust with a bright future. We aim to provide our young people with enthusiastic, hardworking staff who will always have their best interests at heart. In return we offer a supportive environment that rewards ambition and achievement. We are a forward thinking organisation that strives to make the difference in our schools which currently include a secondary school with a boarding facility, along with three primary schools.

Salary £23,559 - £27,040 (actual salary per annum), 40 weeks pa (term time + 2 weeks), 37 hours per week.

This is a temporary contract to start from January 2018 to cover maternity leave. Experience is essential and a relevant qualification would be desirable. This position is to manage our Learning Resource Centre to support effective teaching and learning in the school. This role involves liaising with staff, students and other library users and supervising students who are not accompanied by a teacher. The successful candidate will be required to keep abreast of developments in the curriculum and new education initiatives, and promote the use of the Learning Resource Centre through means such as displays and events.

If you wish to discuss this post in advance of application please email hr[at]southernacademytrust.co.uk or call 01747 859245.

The closing date for this post is midnight on 5 December 2017.

For further details and to apply for this vacancy, visit www.shaftesburyschool.co.uk

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This trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to have an enhanced DBS check in line with the government's safer recruitment guidelines.

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Job Vacancies: Stamford School Librarian, Full time, Term time

Stamford Endowed Schools
Lincolnshire
2-18: Day and Boarding
GSA/HMC

Stamford School Librarian
Full time - Term time

The Stamford Endowed Schools are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, passionate and experienced librarian to join the team at Stamford School. The successful candidate will be responsible for the full range of library duties including supporting the delivery of information and research skills using multi-media resources.

Experience of working with Library Management Systems software packages or other relevant experience is essential.

Further information and an application form may be obtained via the school website www.ses.lincs.sch.uk by emailing recruitment[at]ses.lincs.sch.uk or by telephoning the HR Office on 01780 484273/267.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

Interviews to be held week commencing 27th November 2017.

The Stamford Endowed Schools are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Help, I'm in Charge of the Secondary School Library!: Ilford, Essex, 30 January 2018

Our course Help, I'm in Charge of the Secondary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA on 30 January 2018.

An essential course for anyone new to running or managing a 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 also have the opportunity to look at a range of resources for the Library.

The closing date is 15 January 2018. Bookings received by 4 January 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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Yorkshire and Humberside Branch: Branch Training

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!
 
The SLA Yorkshire and Humberside Branch are offering the following one day training event for secondary school library staff -
 
Independent Learning Projects: The Librarian's Role at St Peter’s School, York on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 (09.00 - 15.30)
 
Trainer: Sarah Pavey
 
Attendance fee: £90.00 (SLA member), £100.00 (non-SLA member). 50% reduction for a 2nd booking from the same school. 
 
Contact sla.yorksandhumber@gmail.com to reserve places
 
Course outline:
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is now established in many schools. How can the role of the librarian be adapted to offer support to their students, many of whom will not have had previous experience of independent research and extended academic style writing? This course will help you with practical ideas to support teaching and learning in delivering successful outcomes.
 
If you are already offering the EPQ in your school or are thinking about it, or if your school offers the new A Levels including the independent learning projects, this course will provide invaluable information and tools for effective support in the school library.

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Job Vacancies: Francis Holland School, Assistant Librarian

Francis Holland School
39 Graham Terrace
London
SW1W 8JF
Tel 020 7730 2971

ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN
Full-time, permanent position
Required from January 2018

Francis Holland School is looking to appoint an enthusiastic, passionate and experienced assistant librarian to join the current Librarian. The successful candidate will be responsible for the full range of library duties including supporting the delivery of information and research skills using multimedia resources. The library works across the full age range from reception to the upper sixth and enthusiasm for junior school activities such as storytelling, right through to sixth form research and information projects is vital.  Experience of working with Library Management Systems software packages or other relevant experience would be extremely beneficial.

Francis Holland Schools Trust has its own very generous salary scale and benefits.

Please see the attached information sheet and application form.  Completed applications should be emailed to jobs[at]fhs-sw1.org.uk.

Closing date: 10.00am on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

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FHS Assistant Librarian Information

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The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

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Boost group reading with BookTrust’s School Library Pack

BooktrustThe School Library pack is a set of 40 free books and is designed to promote a love of reading for pleasure amongst year 7-9 students. The books come in three categories- Future Classics, Non-Fiction and Reluctant Readers and schools get multiple copies and reading group guides for the Future Classics. This year the pack includes a fantastic selection of books for a range of interests and abilities and will really support school librarians or practitioners to engage students with books and make reading fun! You can find out more about the pack here- https://www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/practitioners/our-programmes/school-library-pack/mainstream-school-library-pack/

The Special School Library pack is a set of 10 free books and is for students with additional needs aged 11-14. With an exciting range of accessible books chosen by SEND specialists, the pack supports practitioners to engage all students with reading for pleasure no matter their reading needs, through fun and sociable activities. This year the pack includes poetry, graphic novels, illustrated fiction, dyslexia friendly fiction, books with audio CD rom, interactive books and puppet books. You can find out more about the pack here - https://www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/practitioners/our-programmes/school-library-pack/special-school-library-pack/

Sound good?  Make sure you’ve signed up to get yours!
Secondary schools in England are eligible for one free pack.  Register for yours here by the 22 December and get your pack delivered to your school in January 2018: https://secure.booktrust.org.uk/school-library-pack-search/ .
Packs are allocated on first-come first-served basis, so sign up soon to avoid missing out!  
 

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Librarians in Independent Prep Schools in the South East of England

Founded in January 2009, LIPSSEE is a support group geared specifically to the needs and interests of anyone working in any capacity in a Prep School library. So members include not only qualified librarians but volunteer mums, some teachers and teaching assistants and pretty much anyone in-between! We presently have around 90 members mainly from London and the south east, as this was our initial catchment area, but increasingly we are welcoming Prep School librarians from elsewhere in the country! We also do not exist in glorious isolation but actively support and are supported by the major national school library organisations such as CILIP(SLG), SLA and SLS.

The attraction of LIPSSEE is that it is run on a very informal basis and offers a network of friendly, supportive colleagues always ready and willing to share library experiences, exchange ideas and information and explore new possibilities. We hold meetings twice a year, taking it in turns to host and during term time circulate a regular fortnightly newsletter. Our website -https://preplibs.wordpress.com/ will tell you a lot more about us.  If you like what you see - new members are always welcome and membership is completely free! Just contact the group’s founder and co-ordinator Denise Reed at denise.reed[at]ardingly.com

LIPSSEE have also produced Guidelines for Prep School Libraries - a PDF is available to download.

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Job Vacancies: Kids' Lit Quiz UK National Organiser

The Trustees of KLQ UK are looking for a volunteer NATIONAL ORGANISER to replace Jacky Atkinson who has now taken on the role of Chairman.  The job entails organising the schedule of Regional Heats, in consultation with the Quizmaster ,  co-ordinating and supporting the18 Regional Organisers and recruiting new ones as and when necessary; dealing with enquiries from interested schools; liaising with publishers for book prizes; liaising with the National Treasurer; helping to organise the National Final together with the Board, reporting to the Board on a regular basis; promoting the KLQ UK whenever possible; and  preparing an annual report for the Trustees as required by the Charity Commission. The applicant must be willing to be DBS checked.   This voluntary post  will have the full support of the Board of Trustees and carries with it a small honorarium.

The Kids' Lit Quiz UK is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation run entirely by volunteers, with the principal office in England
Registered Charity number 1164660

For further information, please contact Jacky Atkinson:

07812 525224 or 01295 812972; e-mail klquktrustee1[at]gmail.com

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Great Library .... but where is everyone?: South Croydon, Greater London, 28 November 2017

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!

Our course Great Library .... but where is everyone?, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Old Palace of John Whitgift Preparatory School, Melville Avenue, South Croydon, Greater London, CR2 7YN on 28 November 2017. The closing date is 13 November 2017.

This course will be invaluable for anyone working in a primary or secondary school who wishes to promote their school library and is looking for ways to engage with pupils and teaching staff to encourage them to use it. During the day delegates will be given straightforward, great ideas to organise and use in the library.  Topics covered will include looking at how the library supports the National Curriculum, Reading for Pleasure, library information skills to help children make better use of the resources, setting up and running a book club and planning special events.  Delegates will leave with a wealth of ideas to put into practice and raise the profile of their school library.

Testimonials from previous sessions include –

Inspired! Lots of practical ideas to use in the school library. Thank you!

Very useful day – wish I had come on a course sooner!

Lots of new ideas for rejuvenating students’ interest in the library.

Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school library staff

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Promoting Reading in the Digital Age: Stafford, Staffordshire, 28 November 2017

DON'T MISS THE CLOSING DATE!

Our course Promoting Reading in the Digital Age, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Walton Room, Entrust, The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH on 28 November 2017. The closing date is 13 November.

This course focusses on ways to encourage reluctant readers, build reading stamina and make reading ‘cool’ by using exciting online resources and apps to create a buzz around books in your school. All resources shown are provided in a handout to keep, with great video content, fantastic display suggestions and motivating electronic ideas you can use to really get your pupils switched on to reading for pleasure. Advice on how to use ebooks, QR codes and take part in live author events included.

The cost of the full days training is just £105.00 (SLA members), £135.00 (for non-members of the SLA working in schools which subscribe to Staffordshire SLS), £165.00 (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 and secondary school staff

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The School Library Association announces the first Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books

Hachette GroupIn partnership with Hachette Children’s Group, sponsors of the Information Book Award, the School Library Association announces the first Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books.

The award will be presented at the 2017 Information Book Award celebration on 22nd November 2017 at Carmelite House in London.

IBA Illus WEBLooking at a whole body of work rather than any one title, the criteria for this new award is intended to highlight authors and illustrators who offer consistent quality and a significant contribution to information books, working across a range of topics. In this first year the prize has been voted for by a panel of school librarians and the judges of the Information Book Award.  In the future, interested organisations will be invited to submit nominations to the panel, and then take part in a voting process to determine the winners.

Tricia Adams, Director, School Library Association comments: ‘The Information Book Award has already raised the profile of quality information books in school libraries and elsewhere. With this new award we are looking forward to doing the same for the profiles of the authors and illustrators of these excellent books who are often less well known to the public than their fiction contemporaries.’

Hilary Murray Hill, CEO, Hachette Children’s Group comments: ‘The Hachette Children’s Group is very proud to sponsor both the Information Book Award and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books. Non-fiction publishing is central to our business and we are honoured to work with the School Library Association to raise the profile of this important community of authors and illustrators.’

For more information contact Tricia Adams, Director, SLA tricia.adams[at]sla.org.uk Tel 07532 231946
 

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