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SLA first online publication

cover illustrationAnother first for the SLA website!  We have today published our first online title: Riveting Reads 16 - 19 part 1, written by our Chair, Eileen Armstrong, well known for her knowledge of literature for teenage years and as UK co-ordinator of the Kids Lit Quiz.

This title, as with others in the Riveting Reads series, is an annotated book list for this age group, but with a difference - it is available only to SLA members, as a free download, or on-line, after logging in.  Any members who have forgotten their login details are invited to contact the SLA Office in the usual ways to receive them again.

Watch out for part 2, coming later this year and once again for SLA members only!

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Practical paperwork for primary school libraries

cover of practical paperworkAnother new title in the range of popular SLA Guidelines, Practical Paperwork: Policy Making and Development Planning for the Primary School Library is now available.

Achieving a successful school library is a bit like gardening: ‘little and often, with regular input to obtain healthy growth and year-round interest.'  This Guideline, like the first edition, features ‘gardening tips', as well as ‘targets for best practice' and some useful recent OFSTED guidance.

The creation, implementation and regular updating of a library policy and development plan allows a school to maximise the impact of its library and learning resource provision, and is an essential task for anyone concerned to develop the library as a whole-school resource and focus for learning.

Written by Kay Harrison and Tricia Adams, this revised and updated Guideline considers Accommodation, Learning Resources, Management and Staffing, and Library and Curriculum Support, and sets out ‘Ten Steps to Success'. Three appendices give sample library policies from three primary schools, and there are four sample development plans.

Price: £7.50  (£6.00 to SLA members) including postage & packing        
ISBN: 978 1 903446 37 9

Buy it now

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Right to Read Campaign

Research shows that blind and partially sighted children throughout the UK are losing out as teachers struggle to provide textbooks they can read.

* Less than 1 maths or science title in 40 is available in large print at KS3
* None of the atlases and dictionaries most widely used at KS4 is available in any accessible format
* Less than 10% of children's fiction is available in large print, audio and Braille
* 9 out of 10 teachers believe this situation has a detrimental effect on pupil's social inclusion and educational development.

These findings have been published in the report Where's My Book?  As part of the Right to Read Campaign.  The RNIB is holding a meeting with MPs at the House of Commons on 28th March to raise awareness of the situation, to which they invite anyone interested in supporting this campaign.  You can also help by signing the declaration online .

Find out more about how to get involved with the campaign 

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QCA Secondary Curriculum Review now online

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for England has published its plans for a major review of the Curriculum for secondary age students.  There has already been some consultation with appropriate bodies but now this has been opened up to all. 

It is good to see the emphasis on flexibility that is being proposed, and the focus on skills and process rather than just on acquiring knowledge.  School librarians will no doubt find much here to enable them to actively encourage teaching staff to work with them and to use the library more frequently and effectively.

The SLA encourages school librarians and other interested people to respond online to this.  Positive comments on the proposals, as well as suggestions for other ways in which the school library can be involved in supporting and delivering the curriculum could be instrumental in ensuring the library is embedded in the work of the school.

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