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First for the North East Book Award

The North East Book Award, which this year involved 35 schools in the North East of England reading, discussing and voting on the short-listed books, has ended this year in a dead heat.

At an exciting event at Newcastle City Library on Friday, it was announced that the 350 students had managed to award exactly the same number of votes to two books:

  • Looking for jj by Anne Cassidy
  • Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail

In addition each title had the same number of schools putting it top, and both books were based on stories which hit the headlines in the newspapers.

The North East Book Award is unique in that there is no prize money for the winners, but every student taking part receives a £5 book voucher supplied by Blackwells, to spend in the local bookshop.

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Spring courses from the SLA

Do you feel in need of a spring clean of your skills? Want to brush up on an aspect of your work that you never have time to update yourself on? The SLA has a selection of courses around the UK in the next two months.

Primary Courses

Developing the Primary School Library
Lambeth PDC, London
1st March

Reading for Information and Enjoyment
a) Melksham PDC, Wiltshire
1st March

b) Horncastle College, Lincolnshire
23rd March

c) Woodford Lodge PDC, Winsford, Cheshire
28th March

Information Literacy Skills and the Primary School Library
Southwark Learning & Business Centre, London
28th April

Primary / Secondary Courses

Library Display Workshop
Howells School, Cardiff
6th April

Weblogs: The Essentials
Buile Hill CLC, Salford
26th April

Secondary Courses

Planning Effective Learning Activities for Pupils
Cramlington Community High School, Northumberland
8th March

Good Thinking! Promoting Thinking Skills through the Secondary School LRC
a) Kent Libraries and Archives, West Malling
30th March

b) Jennie Lee Centre, Wolverhampton
25th April

Us and Them! Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School LRC
Wirral Education Centre
4th April

For more information or to book a place on any of these courses, ring us on 01793 791787 or see Training Courses . You can also print out a Booking Form and fax it to us on 01793 791786

What people have said about our courses recently:

'Very interesting and useful course – well presented'
'Lots of ideas to take back to school – Thank you!'
'A very enjoyable and fact filled day. Learned lots which is what it’s all about.'
'So many new and useful ideas that I can see immediate practical application – excellent course.'
'Very good course: excellent speaker'
'Very knowledgeable and excellent course tutor'
'I found this a most informative and valuable course. Plenty of ideas and practical information'
'Very enjoyable, well planned day, which has given me plenty of food for thought. Thank you!'

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