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International School Library Day: 2nd October 2006

International School Library Day LogoThe SLA is delighted to announce that this year for the first time it will be celebrating International School Library Day (ISLD) on the 2nd October. The theme for this year is Reading, Knowing, Doing.

A range of resources and ideas are available and we encourage all of our members within the UK and other parts of Europe to take the opportunity to celebrate and promote the work of your library to your school and your community.

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New Primary Framework for Literacy and Mathematics

Measures to further improve numeracy and literacy standards in primary schools across England were unveiled on 7th September by Education and Skills Secretary Alan Johnson.

Teachers will be given new guidance to make phonics their prime approach to early reading and children will learn their times tables a year earlier as part of a comprehensive package of measures to promote even faster progress in English and maths.

The renewed Primary Framework for Literacy and Mathematics builds on progress made since the introduction of the daily literacy hour and maths lessons and underlines the Government's determination to continue to drive up standards in the basics.

The Framework has been developed after thorough consultation and feedback from teachers and practitioners and takes into account the latest research and best classroom practice. Every primary school is being given additional funding this year to support up to 14 days training to implement the new guidance.

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New resources for Black History Month

Actors, presenters and singers are among the celebrities promoting reading on a new set of posters to celebrate Black History Month produced by Passionet, the UK's largest online multicultural bookstore, and the National Literacy Trust.

The stars are taking part in the Passionet Star Reads campaign, which will be launched for Black History Month to help encourage young people to read - particularly those from black and ethnic minority communities. The posters are available in a set of six and come with recommended reading lists of urban and multicultural books designed to appeal to 5-8 year-olds, 9-11 year-olds and 11-14 year olds.

Passionet's Managing Director Natalie Smith comments:

"Over the three years since Passionet began, we have run workshops in schools and worked in the local community nationwide. We are committed to encouraging young people to read books that reflect their lives and interests and get them excited and inspired about reading, and Star Reads is an opportunity to do just this."

Director of the National Literacy Trust Neil McClelland adds:

"By teaming up with celebrities, Star Reads can help to inspire young people to become lifelong readers. We are delighted that these stars have given their time to help reach out to young people in this innovative way."

The posters can be ordered online and the first 1,000 sets ordered are available at the special Star Reads Price of £12.99. After that they will be £15.99 per set.

For more information contact:
Natalie Smith, email: Natalie[at]passionet.net or tel: 0208 766 5832
Katy Mahood, email: katy.mahood[at]literacytrust.org.uk or tel: 020 7828 2435.

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