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What it's like BEING ME!

Being Me   Fanned Covers X 5 900pxFive easy ways to promote understanding and inclusion in your class during anti-bullying week.

To kick of Kidscape's 30th anniversary celebrations the charity has teamed up with four other national charities (Carers Trust, Diversity Role Models, Potential Plus and The National Autistic Society ) to create a unique anti-bullying resource for schools. 

Called Being Me, the initiative - via easy-read articles designed for 9 - 13 year-olds - gives a voice to the hundreds of thousands of children at the worst end of bullying and allows them to share their stories of hope and understanding with their peers. Their diaries tell us what if feels like to be bullied, to be a young carer, autistic, exceptionally gifted and ostracised as a result, or at the end of homophobic bullying - and their stories for the class talk of the role of tolerance, understanding and - crucially - education in helping their peers understand each other, and the value of difference, more. These publications are not only designed to help the bullied, but enrich the lives of all children in anti-bullying week and beyond. To view and download the resource (free of charge) visit http://www.kidscape.org.uk/beingme. Anti-bullying week runs from November 17-21st.

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Into Film Festival - between 4 and 21 November

Iff MainOver 350,000 teachers and young people across the UK are already attending the Into Film Festival. There are still places remaining so book now before your school misses out!

Great curriculum focussed film education events
As well as offering a huge number of free screenings we're hosting a wide variety of speakers and special Q&As and masterclasses to provide schools first hand advice and insights from a range of world-renowned film industry experts.

Your school could join:

  • Thousands of young people across the UK at a special satellite-linked Q&A with Britain's favourite animators Aardman; who will uncover the magic behind their latest film Shaun the Sheep (U) and be inspired in art and design and literacy lessons.

  • A Q&A withTom Lyons - UK Space Ambassador at an immersive 3D IMAX screening of Space Station 3D (U) and explore science and technology topics when they return to the classroom.

  • Renowned art director Katharina Kubrick, daughter of acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick, at a very special screening of sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey (U) and learn about science, technology, design and communication.

  • Writer and directorLisle Turner for an exciting Q&A about his film of love and adolescence Here and Now (12a), to form classromm discussion to support PSHE, media and film learning.

There are lots more events and over 150 films to choose from. Visit the Festival website to find out more.

Education resources available
Festival themes and films have been carefully selected to support cross-curricular learning. To add further educational value to your visit, we've created over one hundred free, downloadable and curriculum-linked resources including activities that encourage reflection, analysis and the opportunity to explore the themes in greater detail, developing young people's thoughts, communication and literacy skills.

To help you and your students get the most out of your Festival experience, download our specially produced free education resources to use before and after your visit.

Make a booking
Places are offered on a first come, first served basis so if you'd like to join us at one of the thousands of free film screenings offered all over the UK, be quick to make sure you don't miss out.

It's really easy to make a booking:

Phone: 020 3194 4311
Online:  intofilm.org/festival (you can book via smartphones and tablets too)
Email:    bookings[at]intofilm.org

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Half term

DiscoverI hope you have all had a good half term.  If any of you are London based and have a free weekend you may want to check out Olive Jeffers (How to Catch a Star, Harper Collins, 2010) talking about the way he works and then on Sunday inviting other illustrators to a sketch off!  All this takes place at the South Bank Centre in either Queen Elizabeth Hall or Royal Festival Hall.  Details on the website.

HPBN LogoBloomsbury Children’s Books to launch Harry Potter Book Night - February 5th 2015 will see the first ever Harry Potter Book Night. This exciting event will give new and existing fans a chance to share the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, to introduce the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter.  
Bloomsbury Children’s Books is inviting schools, bookshops, libraries and community groups to host early-evening events in celebration of Harry Potter Book Night. Bloomsbury is creating a complete Harry Potter Book Night Kit - available for free download - offering hosts everything they need to plan an unforgettable evening. The kit will include invitation templates, an event poster, games, activities and quizzes as well as ideas for dressing up and decorating the venue. The kit will be available from the new website harrypotterbooknight.com. Event hosts can register now at the site to receive the kit and updates in the run up to the big night.

In addition to the community events outlined above, there will be public events in London and key regions, a major competition for UK and Irish schools and many further treats and surprises – all celebrating J.K. Rowling’s seven iconic Harry Potter books – to be revealed soon.

Also - early notice for next year - a morning with Westminster Education Forum on Encouraging and supporting reading - next steps, policy options and school library provision in England.  To be held in Central London (venue tbc) on Wednesday 11th February.  Guests of Honour include: Lord Tope, Chair, Libraries All-Party Parliamentary Group and Matt Walker, Lead, National Phonics Screening Check Evaluation, Department for Education and Research Manager, NFER

Bringing together key policymakers and stakeholders, this seminar will focus on policies and practice designed to improve standards of literacy and encourage young people to read for pleasure. Details on our Events Calendar.

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Generation Green Resources

Gen GreenGeneration Green is an education programme run by British Gas for school children aged 7 -14. Teaching resources have been created by educational specialists for KS2 and 3 pupils to inspire and engage pupils to become energy aware.
Suitable for the new 2014 science and geography curriculum, these resources aim to help teachers educate pupils on where energy comes from and the need for more sustainable energy sources in the future.

To register for these resources go to www.generationgreen.co.uk/user/register or to find out more about what Generation Green has to offer click here www.generationgreen.co.uk  Register now to receive access to two learning toolkits and encourage your pupils to become curious and innovative around the subject of energy.


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Fantastic Mr Fox: Learning through Film

FoxyNational School Partnership are currently working with Into Film on Fantastic Mr Fox: Learning through Film  - a new resource and literacy learning pack for KS2 / Secondary pupils across the UK .

They're supporting the launch by giving away 200 free copies of Fantastic Mr Fox, the exciting film adaptation of this Roald Dahl classic. The resource features fun, curriculum focused activities that use film to inspire learning and when signing up and becoming a film club leader, teachers gain access to:

  • A brand new, curriculum linked resource that uses film to deliver literacy objectives in the classroom
  • Access to a library of 4,000 DVDs to use in class, for after-school clubs, for lunch-time film clubs and more.
  • Access to a huge bank of learning and teaching materials that use film to engage learners across all core curriculum subjects

It is also worth looking regularly at the National Schools Partnership website - as they work with many partners to provide resources and ideas across the curriculum and phases, e.g. oral health and dental messages.


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Social Media - make it work for you!: Ilford, Essex, 18 November 2014

Apply before half term to qualify for a £10 discount!

Our course Social Media - make it work for you!, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Gants Hill Library, Ilford, Essex on 18 November 2014. The closing date is 4 November 2014. Bookings received by 24 October 2014 are eligible for a discount.

Come along and learn all you need to know about using social networking in libraries for professional development and as a marketing and professional tool.

Key Audience:

Primary and secondary school staff

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Tracking and Mapping: Proving the Impact of a School Library: Gateshead, 12 November 2014

Hurry - apply before the half term hols!

Our course Tracking and Mapping: Proving the Impact of a School Library, run by Adam Lancaster, will be held at Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN on 12 November 2014. The closing date is 24 October 2014.

Testimonials from previous sessions of this course include -

'Fantastic, very informative day all round!'

'Huge amount of useful info. on something I had no idea about.'

Key Audience:

Secondary school library staff

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

Grade 3/4 £18,638 - £26,539

Required as soon as possible

Full time, 36.5 hours per week

Small Heath School is a highly successful split site, inner city school. We were recently judged to be outstanding by OFSTED for the fourth consecutive time. Our split site school contains two resource centres which are home to our study and homework clubs. Both resource centres include high quality multi media facilities and a laptop loan service operates for students. We are seeking a person with good ICT skills and passion for working with students and staff to continue to raise standards of reading and literacy and to contribute to our whole school focus on learning. There will be opportunities to contribute to our out of hours learning programme

If you are interested then:

  • please come and visit us or

  • telephone Mrs Frances Wilson, Deputy Headteacher for an informal discussion or:

  • Visit our website www.smallheathschool.org.uk for further details and an application form.

Leaders, teachers and parents expect every student to achieve highly. …Students get the support and help they need to make excellent progress” Ofsted 2014

Closing date: Midday on 6th November 2014

Small Heath School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

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Job Vacancies: The Ecclesbourne School - Librarian

Salary: According to experience and qualifications this is likely to be in the region of Grade 6/Senior Officer 1 (£22433 to £26539 per year).
Hours: 37 hours per week for 42 weeks per year.

The Ecclesbourne School in Duffield is exceptional. Rated outstanding in four successive Ofsted re-ports, we provide a first class education in a happy, well-ordered and purposeful atmosphere. We are a non-selective school and committed to an inclusive community ethos. We challenge all members of our community to achieve their best.
“Learning together for the future” means that everyone who studies or works at The Ecclesbourne School is encouraged to broaden their experience and to be a lifelong learner. We employ ambitious people who want to progress and we support and encourage them to do so.
We are looking for a self-motivated professional who will take a strategic role in the management, development and promotion of the library to ensure students and staff have ready access to as broad and relevant a range of reading matter, reference materials, research tools and information services as possible, in order to support teaching and learning throughout the school, facilitate independent learning and encourage reading for pleasure.
We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.
Closing date: Midday on Friday 7th November 2014
For an informal discussion about the role or to arrange a visit to the School please contact:
Tina Spencer-Keyse, HR Manager.
Telephone 01332 843257,
Email TSpencer-Keyse[at]ecclesbourne.derbyshire.sch.uk
For more information and an application pack please visit the School website

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Deadline approching for Reading for Excellence course!

The early bird discount for our one day conference on 'Reading for Excellence' ends on Wednesday 15th October - so make sure you get your application in this week! The course promises to be an essential day of professional development for anyone concerned about the reading for pleasure agenda. Full details are available here

It is intended for anyone in school interested in reading for pleasure so download our flyer and put it in the staffroom for your colleagues to see.

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The Worst Thing About My Sister voted best ‘happy read’ by children

Young readers have voted The Worst Thing About My Sister by Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt the book that makes them happiest. It has topped a UK-wide online poll which celebrates the first-ever Chatterbooks Week (11-18 October) and all the fun to be had via national charity The Reading Agency’s ever-growing network of Chatterbooks reading groups for children.

Voting took place via the Summer Reading Challenge website, which gives children all-year-round access to a whole range of exciting reading-related activities (see ‘Notes to editors’). The Worst Thing About My Sisterscored 17.88% of the total votes, leading a ‘top ten’ of titles which had been selected to enter the online poll as favourite ‘happy books’ amongst children using the Summer Reading Challenge website.

In second place was Gangsta Granny by David Walliams (published by HarperCollins Children’s Books) with 13.77% of the total votes. Third place was taken by The Twits by Roald Dahl with 12.50% (published by Puffin). For a full list of all the ten books shortlisted for the online poll vote, please see ‘Notes to editors’.

Launched in 2001, Chatterbooks is now the largest network of reading groups for children aged 4 – 12 years: over 10,000 young readers around the UK are now part of over 800 Chatterbooks groups. They are run in libraries, schools and other settings by librarians, teachers, teaching assistants, or anyone with a passion for reading. Bestselling children’s author Jacqueline Wilson is the official Chatterbooks patron.

At each Chatterbooks session children talk about what they are reading, take part in fun activities inspired by the best children's books, and choose new books to take home and read. Because the Chatterbooks network is supported by The Reading Agency’s publisher partners and many children's authors and illustrators, Chatterbooks groups get access to offers, competitions, opportunities to find out how authors are inspired to create their work, together with advice and support on running a group. Chatterbooks groups are an ideal way to build on the reading for pleasure momentum generated amongst children by the Summer Reading Challenge. For advice on setting up and running a Chatterbooks group, go to: readingagency.org.uk/children/practitioners-guides/running-chatterbooks.html 

All around the UK, activities are taking place to celebrate Chatterbooks Week, with existing groups encouraged to send in pictures to chatterbooksweek@readingagency.org.uk, post to Facebook at www.facebook.com/SummerReadingChallengeUKor tweet @readingagency with #cbxweek

The best picture will win the group who sent it a visit from a top ‘Chatterbooks champion’ children’s author.

A wide range of partners including The Reading Agency are working together under the aegis of Save The Children on the Read On. Get On campaign, with the goal of ensuring that by 2025 every 11 year old child will be able to read well: achieving this objective will require every adult around those children to be able to read well too.


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Non Fiction November

Nnfnfedted300px2National Non-Fiction November is the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual celebration of all things factual. Born out of National Non-Fiction Day, 2014 marks a new departure, with the whole month now being a celebration of all those readers, authors and illustrators who have a passion for information and facts.

One of the projects this year is '30 days of Adventures in the Real World'. On each day of November FCBG will highlight a different aspect of non-fiction for children and young people. Interviews with non-fiction authors and illustrators, competitions, book lists, activity sheets and opinion pieces will be found in a variety of locations including magazines, on the radio, and online across a wide variety of websites. You will be able to take part in your own 30 day adventure by following the daily links on the Federation of Children's Book Group's website and also via other social media outlets, using the hashtags #RealWorldAdventures and #NNFN

Why not continue the work you may have started on the Information Book Award Shortlist books - and check out our SLA website for activity sheets for each of the 2014 shortlist books.

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CILIP Blogger Challenge

From Jan Parry - As an information professional and Vice President of CILIP, I am very proud to be a member of such a diverse and engaged community whose work is of so much interest and value.

As a profession we have a lot to say and so much to show off. So I’m very pleased to launch the CILIP Blogger Challenge, an exciting new competition running from 2nd October until 7th November.

CILIP are looking for blog text submissions on important issues relating to libraries, knowledge and information.   Anyone working within or connected to libraries, knowledge and information work can take part, you do not need to have a qualification!

They are looking for well-written blog articles demonstrating original, well-constructed and thought-provoking perspectives on things that are relevant to us as a community and perhaps as a society.  The range of topics you could write about is huge. For example:

·    Everyday life e.g. Why supermarket shelves should be arranged by Dewey Decimal…?
·    Data, information and knowledge e.g. Why don’t people care about their own data?
·    Copyright and the law e.g. How does current UK copyright law serve people with disabilities?
·    Education e.g. How to teach information literacy in the classroom
·    Publishing e.g. 6 reasons a paper book is the perfect technology
·    Research e.g. 5 thoughts on the future of open access journals
·    Technology e.g. How do you archive a video game?
·    The economy and business e.g. 5 ways libraries are supporting new businesses

Myself and the in-house media experts from CILIP’s Update Magazine team and Communications department will review and judge all submissions and I am excited to be chair of this judging panel.

The winner will get an iPad and the authors of a number of highly commended posts will also receive some fantastic prizes. The winning and highly commended posts will be published on the CILIP website at the end of November and start of December 2014.

This is a chance for anyone who works in or shares an interest in the library, knowledge and information world, to add new perspectives and help frame the debate around the big issues. So come on - I know that there are lots of you who can write about these things in an interesting way to grab people's attention and I think you will enjoy the process as much as we will love reading your submissions!

The final date for submissions is 7th November so now is the time to get writing.

Find out more about the CILIP Blogger Challenge, including entry criteria, blogging guidelines and prizes, including entry criteria, blogging guidelines and prizes.

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Reading Agency News October 2014

CHBKS WEEK LOGO WebChatterbooks week 11- 18 October

Chatterbooks Week, 11 - 18 October, is a celebration of Chatterbooks children's reading groups, and the fun that goes on in Chatterbooks sessions. It's the perfect time for schools, libraries and individuals across the UK to introduce children to the pleasure of reading. You’ll find some fantastic ideas for celebrating Chatterbooks Week on the website.

Wimpy Kid vs Gangsta Granny and the Twits!

Which books make children the happiest? We have collated the top ten most popular titles by the most popular authors from our Book Sorter. Now we need your help to get children voting!  The poll is on our children's website and results will be announced during Chatterbooks Week, so there’s not long to go! Please ask all children visiting the library who they would vote for so we can find out which book is the winner.

Chatterbooks Week celebration event 20 October

We are holding a celebration event just after Chatterbooks Week at 9.00 – 11.30 am on Monday 20 October, at the Free Word Centre. Find out more about the magic of Chatterbooks! Authors Guy Bass, Steve Cole and Ali Sparkes will be there, and you can hear about latest research on reading group impact on children. You can also find out about a special Chatterbooks event with Steve Cole, where the children got to shape the event content, and to promote it themselves!  If you are interested in attending, please contact Lynne.Taylor@readingagency.org.uk

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'I Believe in Unicorns'

I Believe in Unicorns 2In celebrating International School Library Day yesterday, star of the magical West End show 'I Believe in Unicorns' and storytelling trainer, Danyah Miller, gave her 'Top Ten Tips for Storytelling to Children' in the online Guardian Culture section.  Follow the link: http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/oct/06/danyah-millers-top-ten-tips-for-stunning-storytelling

The show,I Believe in Unicorns', which is set in a library, champions libraries themselves and the power of books.  It is currently touring libraries, arts centres and theatres in the south east.  For more information, see www.ibelieveinunicorns.co.uk

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Inspiration Award: Inspiration Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural School Library Inspiration Award.

In the Primary School Category, sponsored by LFC

  •     Oak Tree Primary School, Nottinghamshire

In the Secondary School Category, sponsored by Gresswell

  •     Dixons Allerton Academy, West Yorkshire

The winning schools were presented with their certificates and prizes by award-winning author/illustrator Chris Riddell.

The winners were announced at the School Libraries Celebration Day ceremony on Monday 6 October 2014 at Hotel Russell, London.

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Congratulations to School Librarian of the Year 2014: School Librarian of the Year 2014 winner

The SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is the School Library Association’s prestigious honour to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day and highlights the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.

This year Liz Millett, Teaching Assistant/Library Co-ordinator at Weatherfield Academy, Dunstable, has been awarded the honour of the SLA School Librarian of the Year 2014 at a celebration at the Hotel Russell in London on 6 October. Award-winning author and artist Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children’s Books) presented her with the award.

Weatherfield Academy is a special school for students aged 7 to 19 with Moderate Learning Difficulties and additional complex needs. There are 117 pupils in the school with 52% attracting Pupil Premium funding and entitled to free school meals and 32% in social care. Much of the curriculum is aimed at giving students lifelong skills. In 2009 a room was adapted for the library and Liz Millett took on the job of developing it. The pupils make good levels of progress, as judged by Ofsted in 2013.

Liz says “My aim is to increase their pleasure from reading whatever level they are at to make sure they are not frightened by books or put off them, so that they will come to see reading as something they will always have for themselves.”

To read more about Liz go to: http://www.sla.org.uk/liz-millett.php

Ginette Doyle, Chair of the Selection Committee said:

“What we found so inspiring about our winner was that the students she deals with were confident and efficient library users. Liz Millett uses whatever means she can to ensure that they have books that they can access, at their level, and the response that the students gave us, their enthusiasm for the Library and for Liz herself, showed that she is doing an outstanding job for Weatherfield Academy.”

Read the full Press Release here:

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Engaging with eBooks - closing soon

There are a few places still available for the exciting day we are offering with Browns Books for Students at their showroom in Preston, Lancs on 24th October.  Booking closes on 10th October so don't miss out.  Engaging with ebooks in the classroom, in your library, at home and on the move promises to be a very informative day.  Details, programme and booking form are all on the website

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Information Book Award 2014: IBA 2014 Winners Announced

Variety in the choices for the overall Winners of the 2014 awards


The Judges choice Winner was Get into Art: Animals by Susie Brooks

Neal Layton, Kate Collins-Donnelly, Susie Brooks, Marlene Johnson

(Kingfisher 9780753435762), an excellent book full of information and activities; beautifully designed and covering a huge range of artworks with an animal theme.  This will have many applications in both classroom and library.  The Children’s Choice Winner was Starving the Anxiety Gremlin by Kate Collins-Donnelly, illustrated by Rosy Salaman (Jessica Kingsley publishers 9781849053419) a book on CBT techniques for teenagers and young adults, full of practical help for those suffering with anxiety.  A book all school libraries should have a copy of!

Full Press Release available as PDF below.

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Reading for Success: How to Get Your School On Board. Looking at the Reading for Pleasure Agenda and Applying it in your School.: Brecon, Powys, 21 October 2014

Early booking discount deadline extended!

Our course Reading for Success: How to Get Your School On Board. Looking at the Reading for Pleasure Agenda and Applying it in your School, run by Jerry Hurst, will be held at Brecon Library, Ship Street, Brecon, Powys LD3 9AE on 21 October 2014.

Key Audience: Primary school Teachers, Literacy Coordinators, School Librarians, Teaching and Learning Coordinators and other interested staff

Cost - £95 (SLA members), £125 (for people from Powys Schools who are not SLA members), £155 (non-members)

The closing date is 7 October 2014.

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Following the hit movie of the summer How to Train Your Dragon 2, join Cressida Cowell, the author-illustrator of the wildly popular How To Train Your Dragon book series for a brand new, never-been-seen-before FREE virtual event broadcast LIVE to your classroom on Thursday 2 October, 10.30am GMT. 

Cressida will share behind-the-scenes glimpses into how her books were made into films, she’ll give her top tips for budding authors and show us how to draw Viking hero, Hiccup! All in one exciting 45 minute live event (also downloadable afterwards) suitable for KS2 children!

Sign up TODAY at ‘Children’s Author’s Live’ and download the accompanying teacher’s pack. All children at participating schools will receive a WHS discount voucher, which will be redeemable on the books.


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