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Job Vacancies: Librarian, LVS Ascot

LVS Ascot is a high performing co-educational and boarding school, with a reputation for all-round excellence. Through our stimulating curriculum and vibrant co-curricular activities, we provide our pupils with an environment where they are valued, encouraged and inspired.
We require an enthusiastic full-time librarian for our thriving Learning Resource Centre.  The LRC is used by all students and staff and is heavily involved in promoting literacy and independent learning skills.  The successful candidate should have prior qualification or professional experience and will act as a deputy to the Head of Learning Resources, running the LRC on a daily basis.  We are looking for an ambitious person with a love of literature and the ability to work under pressure.  Good knowledge of IT and library management systems is essential.
So join us and you will find a friendly and supportive team, not to mention superb facilities, great benefits, plus the chance to have an active role in the life of this exceptional school.
Closing date for applications is Monday 5th March 2018.
Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.
For a role description and to apply please visit the Working For Us section on or contact Helen Austin on helen.austin[at]

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Picture and Comic Books for All: Stafford, Staffordshire, 14 March 2018


Our course Picture and Comic Books for All, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Walton Room, Entrust, The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH on 14 March 2018.

This new SLA course will look at –

- Picture books for specific topics and curriculum aims

- Picture books and comic books to promote Reading for Pleasure for all abilities and to build empathy and understanding

- Digital image rich story apps and sites for reading and creating picture books and comics (including demonstrations on how they work)

The closing date is 27 February 2018. Bookings received by 21 February 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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Job Vacancies: St George’s School, Cologne, Germany - Librarian

St George’s School seeks an experience librarian to lead our library team and further develop the library space.

The School
Serving the international community in Cologne for almost 30 years, St George’s School combines an enriching curriculum with family orientated care. The school has grown from small beginnings into a thriving community of over 750 pupils, aged from 2-18 and representing more than 40 nationalities.

The National Curriculum is taught throughout the school, and we offer the IB Diploma in our Sixth form.

One of a group of four schools located across Germany, St George’s offers the successful applicant an exciting range of opportunities for professional development and growth across the school group.

The Location

Located on a new, purpose built campus on the outskirts of Cologne, St George’s School enjoys direct transport links to the city centre, as well as to the greater area of Cologne-Bonn.

Germany’s fourth largest city, Cologne is a dynamic and vibrant cultural centre, with a large and diverse international community. Situated in the heart of Europe, Cologne offers a high standard of living, as well as numerous opportunities for travel and cultural discovery.
Cologne-Bonn airport is located only 20km from the school, with many daily flights to the UK, and a high speed rail service connects Cologne to London, via Brussels.

Please download our application pack for detailed information about the role.

For further details, and to make an application, please visit our website:

Only applications made through our on-line system will be considered.

Applications should be submitted by the closing date of 9th March 2018. The school reserves the right to contact outstanding applicants in advance of this deadline.

St George’s is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will therefore be subject to enhanced background checks.

For any inquires relating to this role, please do not hesitate to contact us directly:

Mr. P. Dickinson
Academic and Recruiting Director.
Tel: 0049 2233 808870

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30EMPATHYBOOKS 1Teachers and parents are increasingly concerned about the potentially empathy-draining effect of social media on children, and new pressures caused by societal divisions and the rise in hate crimes. To combat this, EmpathyLab is harnessing the power of stories to build empathy, inspired by scientific evidence showing that reading can boost real-life empathy skills. EmpathyLab asked publishers to submit their best recently published children’s books with a strong empathy angle. Today they announce the titles selected for a 2018 Read for Empathy Guide.

An expert panel has chosen thirty books to strengthen children’s ability to understand other people’s feelings and perspectives, spark insights into different lives and inspire them to put empathy into action in their communities.
A linked book collection for 4-11 year olds is now available from school and library book suppliers Peters.  This is for parents, teachers and librarians to use in the run-up to Empathy Day on 12 June, and beyond.

The Panel praised the quality of submitted books, choosing 14 picture books, 2 graphic novels, 1 poetry book and 13 novels. They noted the many great books exploring the topical theme of displacement and migration, and the need for empathy to help everyone feel they belong.  They chose several strong tiles which help children understand how others experience and manage their emotions, and others which illuminate the experiences of children facing challenging circumstances, such as deafness, autism or bereavement.

The Panel noticed a big gap in the publisher submissions for poetry, and empathy-boosting books for 7-9 year-olds. Within the young fiction arena the panel chose two short novels: Atinuke’s The No 1 Car Spotter Fights the Factory (illustrator Warwick Johnson Cadwell), and Michaela and Elaine DePrince’s Ballerina Dreams (illustrator Ella Okstad). Joseph Coelho’s poetry in Overheard in a Tower Block makes an important contribution.
The panel members were especially keen to reflect the breadth of realities of our society and ensure the inclusion of quality authors and illustrators from our multi-ethnic community. The submissions received highlighted a shortage of available titles for primary aged children by black and minority ethnic authors and illustrators.  However the collection includes nine titles by writers or illustrators of colour and eleven featuring characters from a mix of ethnic backgrounds.

Order the Read For Empathy book collection online at and enjoy 20% off plus a FREE set of bookmarks and a display poster. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 666 6646 or
email empathy[at]


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Job Vacancies: Tettenhall College: Dynamic, creative librarian

Tettenhall College

We are seeking a dynamic, creative librarian to help us establish a new library space that will engage and excite all pupils from Nursery to Sixth Form. The role will require initiative, a deep passion for reading and a desire to develop this area fully across the whole School.

Please refer the School website to download an application form and full job description:

Any queries with regard to the post should be directed to Mrs Nicola Phelps (Headmaster's PA): headmaster[at]

Tettenhall College Inc.
Wood Road
T +44 (0) 1902 751 119
F +44 (0) 1902 793 000

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