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Job Vacancies: Enfield SLS - Primary School Librarian

£22,443 - £23,945 pro rata
The salary advertised is for full time work, the position offered is part time and term time only, actual salary will be adjusted proportionately.
Fixed term – Until end of March 2015, term time only
Ref 3136

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic qualified librarian who has experience of working with children. The post involves providing a range of professional library services to schools as required. This would include activities such organising the school library, recommending and purchasing stock, arranging class visits, offering support to targeted groups of children, promoting reading for pleasure within the school.

This is an exciting opportunity to be the initial postholder in a proposed team of enthusiastic school librarians who will be contracted to requesting schools to assist them in enhancing their libraries and increasing literacy. The posts will be managed by the Schools Library Service but the actual duties will be as deemed by the schools. There is the possibility of work in other local authorities so flexibility and an ability to drive would be an advantage. Currently, 8 hours over 2 days can definitely be offered,with the possibility of this increasing to a maximum of 18 hours per week, term time only.

Closing Date:  10th February 2014

Interviews intending to take place on the 24th February 2014

Apply on line at www.jobs.enfield.gov.uk

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Getting to Grips with the School Library: Library Management in Secondary Schools: London, 3 March 2014

Our course Getting to Grips with the School Library: Library Management in Secondary Schools, run by Ginette Doyle, will be held at Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, London NW3 3HA on 3 March 2014. The closing date is 17 February 2014. Bookings received by 3 February 2014 are eligible for a £10 discount.

Key Audience:

Secondary school library staff

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Job Vacancies: Norton Hill School - School Library Manager

22 hours per week, term time only
Grade M (actual salary £11,053)

Required as soon as possible an enthusiastic and well organised Library Manager for this oversubscribed and high performing school.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a busy and challenging environment. 

Norton Hill School is an 11 – 18 Comprehensive with 1500 on roll and 300 in the Sixth Form

Previous relevant experience would be an advantage.

Please visit our website to download an application pack

Closing date: 4pm on 7 February 2014

Norton Hill School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  The successful applicant will need to undertake an enhanced disclosure via the Criminal Records Bureau.

Charlton Road, Midsomer Norton, Bath, BA3 4AD

Tel: 01761 412557 Fax: 01761 410622


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Job Vacancies: Acton High School - Learning Resource Centre Lead

Learning Resource Centre Lead

Scale 8 £25,856 to £27,276 per annum

35 Hours per week, Term Time Only

Start date: February 2014

Contract: Permanent

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to be responsible for the management, development and promotion of the School’s Learning Resource Centre. The successful applicant will line manage members of the Learning Resource Centre team, and will also manage student volunteers. The post will also involve supporting KS3 literacy interventions with small groups, as well as supporting students in developing research and retrieval skills. This post will particularly suit someone with recent experience of supporting the teaching of literacy skills.

Acton High is a school committed to serving our local community, championing diversity and inclusion, and seeking innovative ways to engage students and their families.  We work in an award-winning building and have excellent facilities, a strong staff group and enthusiastic students.  Results are improving but we still have some way to go and are making the changes necessary to improve attainment.

We have a clear commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  The post is subject to suitable references and the successful candidate will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) which was formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau. The school follows safer recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults. Further information can be found at www.gov.uk

You can download an application pack from our website www.actonhighschool.co.uk. or download supporting documents here:

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Please email completed applications to Vacancies[at]actonhigh.ealing.sch.uk

Closing date: Thursday 30th January, 12 noon

Interviews: Week commencing 10th February 2014

We do not accept CV’s as applications

No agencies

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New poster - Your Library Needs You

Your Library Neds YouEntice readers to your school library with our new history-themed poster - "Your Library Needs You!"

Available exclusively to logged-in SLA members, the poster is intended for downloading and printing out at good quality resolution at A4 size.

Take a look too at our other posters to promote your library and its resources.

Background information about the original Lord Kitchener poster can be found at Wikipedia.

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Make a Picture Book for World Book Day

ReadingZone PictureBookLogo LrgMake a picture book for World Book Day and your school could win 50 printed copies of your winning book, £100 worth of books for your library, plus a free visit by an author or illustrator!  Visit www.ReadingZone.com for further details!

Children and young people aged four to 18 years are being challenged to make their own picture book for World Book Day, with the launch of the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2014 resources on 15th January 2014.  The WBD competition will run in schools, libraries and homes until 25th April 2014.  The winners will be announced in June.  Author and illustrator Guy Parker-Rees (illustrator of Giraffes Can't Dance) will select the winning entries

Competition Details

  • There are four Award Categories, including: Young Creators (4-6 years); Primary (7+ years) and Secondary (11+ years). An Achievement Award will be given for the most enthusiastic 'behind the scenes' activities that have gone into making the picture book entries, such as the whole school getting involved, groups working well together or entrants sharing their picture books with other children, linking with your public library etc.
  • Picture books entered for the award can be made by individuals or groups and any media can be used.
  • Each picture book can be up to 24 A4 pages in length; a template will be made available on 15th January, together with further tips and guidelines about making a picture book and details of how to enter picture books for the award at www.ReadingZone.com . Each school that enters the competition will receive a certificate and letter thanking your pupils for taking part.

The winning schools / libraries will receive 50 printed copies of their picture book and their picture books will be posted online at www.ReadingZone.com. Prizes will also include £100 worth of books for the winning schools / libraries, and a free author visit for the overall winner.

Picture book entries will be shared by ReadingZone on Facebook (ReadingZonePictureBooks) and Twitter (#ReadingZone).  Supporters of the picture book competition include publishers Hachette Children's Books, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Templar and Walker Books, as well as authors and illustrators.   Contact: info@ReadingZone.com

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Job Vacancies: WALTHAMSTOW SCHOOL FOR GIRLS - Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Assistant

Required as soon as possible

Hours per week: 20 Hours per week

Scale 3 (Evaluation pending)

Walthamstow School for Girls is an oversubscribed, successful, multicultural, comprehensive school. The school provides a stimulating working environment and has excellent transport links.

We are looking for an experienced, well organised and highly motivated LRC Assistant to support the LRC Manager.

The successful applicant will have excellent administrative and communication skills and will be confident in supporting teachers and students within the LRC.  Previous experience of working in a library and/or educational environment would be an advantage

Closing date:Friday 7th February 2014 (noon)     

Interview date: TBC


For a recruitment pack and further details, please contact Mandy Madhani on 020 8509 9447. Alternatively you can download an application form and details from the school website: www.wsfg.waltham.sch.uk Completed application forms should be returned to the school at the address below or by email to m.madhani[at]wsfg.waltham.sch.uk. Please note CVs will not be accepted.

Walthamstow School for Girls

Church Hill



E17 9RZ

Walthamstow School for Girls is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children.  The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced D.B.S.

Walthamstow School for Girls is committed to Equal Opportunities and to Safer Recruitment practices and procedures

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Launching the SLA Inspiration Award

Inspiration LogoThe School Library Association is delighted to launch the Inspiration Award for 2014. The Library Design Award has been running successfully since 2010, and this year we are relaunching it as the SLA School Library Inspiration Award, with Gresswell and LFC (part of the DEMCO Europe family of companies) as main sponsors.

The Inspiration Award aims to set future standards for the recognition of excellence in school library design and will be made annually to the school library space that shows inspiration, innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in its library design and in use, either through creative use of specific products or promotions.

Full details of the Award and how to apply are available via the SLA Inspiration Award webpage. Entries will close at the end of April 2014. We look forward to your nominations!

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2013 Honour List School Librarian is a Literacy Hero

NLT Lit HeroesOne of our occasional series of guest blogs - this from Lyn Hopson, Librarian, Don Valley Academy, who was on the Honour List of the School Librarian of the Year Award in 2013.

Last November I received a very pleasant shock when I was told I had been chosen as one of ten ‘Literacy Heroes’ by the National Literacy Trust.  These awards were part of a celebration of the NLT’s 20th anniversary, and they were to be presented at a special reception at Clarence House in December, hosted by the Patron of the NLT, HRH, the Duchess of Cornwall.   My husband was also invited, and even when we received our official invitation card from the Master of the Household in the post neither of us could quite believe it.

 I was really excited and nervous as we travelled down that morning and actually shaking as we approached Clarence House.   Among the group waiting outside I recognised some familiar faces, Rosemary, the Librarian from Carterton Community College, and also Richard O’Neill, a storyteller whom I’d worked with, and as we chatted together I immediately felt better!   However, as we all went inside, it began to feel a tad surreal, standing with a glass of champagne in such beautiful surroundings, with famous faces everywhere you looked!  Along with the celebrity judges, there were lots of children’s authors there, such as Anthony Horowitz, Charlie Higson and Lauren Child. It was great to have the chance to meet and talk so many people and hear all about what they had done to promote reading.  As well as The Duchess, Princess Laurentian of the Netherlands was also present.  She is a UNESCO ambassador and a children’s author, and both she and the Duchess were really friendly, taking time to chat to everyone and showing genuine interest and enthusiasm for reading and literacy.  Delicious looking food was now being served, but as it was drawing close to the time for the presentation ceremony, I was far too nervous to eat anything.  At this point, the Literacy Heroes were taken together into another room to rehearse.   One of these was Henry Winkler, and he was absolutely lovely, chatting to everyone and shaking hands as we practised going up on to the stage in order.

Then the doors were opened and everyone came through for the speeches and presentations.  We were invited individually onto the dais, where we were presented with a certificate and an engraved bookmark and had our photographs taken with HRH.  Again, she was charming, and made it all seem really easy and not at all scary!   A closing speech and some group photos and the event was all over.  We made our way to the cloakroom to pick up coats and bags, chatting among ourselves about the event, and then went out through the gardens and into the sunshine.  Looking back, it all seemed to have gone by in a flash.  It was an amazing day, and I feel really privileged to have been part of it.

Lyn Hopson

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iCan with an iPad: Ilford, 4 February 2014

Our course iCan with an iPad, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Gants Hill Library, 490 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex IG2 6LA on 4th February 2014. A £10 discount will be applied to all booking received by 11th January.  The closing date is 21st January 2014.

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school library staff, public library staff

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Bury Grammar School (GSA academically selective independent day school: 810  pupils aged 3-18) is seeking an energetic and well qualified librarian to manage our senior school library (472 girls).

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, 20 January 2014.
Interviews will be held w/c 27 January 2014.

Further details may be obtained from the HR Manager, Bury Grammar School Girls, Bridge Road, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0HH

  • Tel: 0161 797 2808
  • Fax: 0161 763 4658
  • E-mail: hr[at]bgsg.bury.sch.uk
  • Web site: www.bgsg.bury.sch.uk

Bury Grammar School is a registered charity (No. 526622) for educational purposes.

The School is committed to safeguarding children.

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Job Vacancies: Wyedean School & Sixth Form Centre - Learning Resource Centre Manager

Required as soon as possible

Learning Resource Centre Manager

(37 hours per week, term time only)

(NJC 23 - 28 Pro Rata Salary equates to £16,984 - £19,935 p.a.)

Wyedean is a Gloucestershire academy, situated on the edge of the picturesque Forest of Dean.  Wyedean is within easy access of Bristol, Cardiff and Gloucester.  We are a comprehensive school of 1150 students, including 300 in the Sixth Form.  Our students are industrious, behave well and enjoy coming to school.  Our staff are talented, hard-working and committed to the success of every student. 

We are looking to appoint an experienced Learning Resource Centre Manager, who will be responsible for the management and day to day running of the Learning Resource Centre.  This includes:

  • ·           Supporting users to identify, locate and access materials
  • ·           Encouraging reading
  • ·           Promoting literacy initiatives
  • ·           Liaising with staff about resources
  • ·           Organising and teaching information literacy and research skills to students at all levels
  • ·           Nurturing a team of student librarians
  • ·           Managing the Learning Centre budget
  • ·           Selecting and ordering new stock
  • ·           Using the Eclipse library management system to catalogue resources and manage circulation.
  • ·           Supporting students using the school’s Virtual Learning Environment
  • ·           Managing the learning environment
  • ·           Promoting and supporting the use of ICT facilities within the Learning Resource Centre and to support independent learning.

Applications for this post should reach the school by 9.00am on Friday 24th January. 

Please email Mrs Melanie Dex-Davies, PA to the Leadership Team, at

headteacher[at]wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk for an application form and further details, alternatively visit our website www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk.

An enhanced DBS disclosure check is a requirement for this post which complies with Wyedean’s commitment to the safeguarding of its students.  

Please note if you do not receive an invitation to interview within two weeks of the closing date your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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The LEGO Movie

Lego Masterbuilders PhpThis brand new literacy resource, for pupils aged 6 - 11 years, will use The LEGO Movie as an exciting launch pad to foster imaginative story-writing while embedding essential SPaG skills. The free toolkit includes: teacher notes, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, activity sheets, a poster for your classroom, a storyboard template and competition leaflet.

Have a look at the resources here and register your school to make use of the great resources available.

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Only 15 days left

SLYA Logo The clock is ticking on the countdown for completing entries in the SLA's School Librarian of the Year Award in 2014.

Do consider showing a colleague or friend how much you appreciate them and their contribution to students' achievements by nominating them for this high profile Award.

The nomination form for the School Librarian of the Year Award is available online, along with guidance notes for how to complete an effective entry. Entries close on 20 January 2014, so don't delay - we look forward to your nominations.

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Happy New Year to all our members!

Happy New Year 2014The School Library Association wishes all our members and visitors to our website a happy and prosperous new year!

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