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Vacancy in Switzerland

Haut-Lac is currently offering full time positions in the following areas:

School librarian,experienced, dynamic and innovative to take responsibility for the development, management and promotion of its infant and primary library.

The candidate should be Bilingual  English /French

Starting  date:  End of February 2017

Contract: full time (40hours / week, 8 weeks holiday per year)

Further details of the position click here

For more information on the school follow the links to School Profile,
Mission Statement, Bilingualism and www.haut-lac.ch

Applications to be submitted electronically to jobs@haut-lac.ch.

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£50k energy makeover for schools up for grabs

Top LogoBritish Gas with National Schools Partnership have launched Generation Green: Smarter Power – a new, innovative and free teacher’s resource and competition to help pupils aged 7-11 learn how new technology can help save energy. Competition prizes include a £50,000 school energy makeover and a trip to the Science Museum!

With Smarter Power pupils go on an energy saving adventure with Wilbur the penguin exploring fossil fuels, renewable energy and the importance of saving energy, and discover how smart meters – an exciting technology being installed in British homes by 2020 – can help families become more energy efficient.
Visit Generationgreen.co.uk to download the toolkit containing:

  • Lesson plan which covers key topics, including energy efficiency and sustainability
  • PowerPoint presentation for teachers to easily guide pupils through the lesson
  • Activity sheet exploring energy saving technology
  • Competition leaflet - challenging pupils to create a comic strip to show what they have learned about smart meters and saving energy.

Teachers who’ve had a sneak peek at the resource are excited to use them in class, “[Smart Power is] very engaging, of a high quality and will be appreciated by teachers and pupils because it is an important topic and relevant…Looking forward to using it.”
Competition entries close on Tuesday 12 January 2017.
Visit the Generation Green website to find out more.  For more information about Generation Green: Smart Power contact:Kaivai Andrews, Communications Manager, National Schools Partnership.

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IBBY UK Christmas card 2016

Ibby Xmas 2016This year’s  IBBY card is designed by Jane Ray taken from The Nutcracker (Hachette 2015) and illustrates the opening scene: “The Front Door was flung wide to welcome guests to the Ernst family Christmas party. Friends and relatives, young and old, all came, stamping the snow off their boots and greeting each other with hugs and laughter”.

Jane Ray has produced many stunningly illustrated books over the years and IBBY UK is delighted to be nominating her for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for 2018.  Cards are available for £6 per pack of ten (incl. p&p) and can be ordered online at: www.ibby.org.uk .

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Job Vacancies: St Thomas More Catholic Academy, Stoke-on-Trent - RESOURCE CO-ORDINATOR/LIBRARIAN

37 hours per week termtime + INSET Level 6 scp 21-25
£19,939-£22,434 pro-rata. Actual salary £17,360-£19,532
We are seeking to appoint a Learning Resource Coordinator/Librarian from January 2017. The successful candidate will have a passion for the development of literacy and working with young people. The successful candidate will work alongside colleagues from the English department in a superb learning space that is central to our school and instil a love of reading in students.


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An application pack including application form, person specification and job description can also be found at www.stmca.org.uk/job-vacancies. Please refer to Notes for Applicants and return completed forms either by post or email to jbeardmore[at]stmca.org.uk.

Closing date: Monday 12th December noon
Interviews: Thursday 15th December
All appointments made are subject to satisfactory references, DBS checking procedures and medical clearance.
STM Catholic Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. 

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Job Vacancies: Gordon's School, Surrey - Librarian

Following the retirement of the current Librarian, this is an exciting opportunity to develop the library at the academic heart of in one of the most successful state schools in Britain.

 The ideal candidate will be passionate about developing the library’s place in the curriculum and promoting students’ intellectual curiosity. A librarianship qualification is desirable but not essential. The position is term-time, but there is an opportunity for the successful candidate to take on an additional role during the holidays as the school’s archivist.

Set in a beautiful 45-acre Surrey site, the School enjoys excellent facilities and an aspirational learning environment. Gordon’s is recognised by HM Chief Inspector of Schools as one of Britain’s finest non-selective schools, with circa 800 students including 240 residential boarders and a thriving sixth form.  In 2016, the percentage of students achieving five or more GCSE grades A* to C, including Maths and English, was 97%, which ranks Gordon’s in the 10 top non-selective schools in England. The A*-C pass rate at A-Level was 94%, with 81% of the grades A* to B.

Massively over-subscribed, Gordon’s size ensures that every pupil is well known and nurtured as an individual. The School has a very strong emphasis on academic standards, self-discipline and traditional values and aims to be much more than just outstanding examination results, providing abundant opportunities outside the classroom and exceptional pastoral care.

 For further details visit our website:



Closing date for applications: Thursday 8th December [at] 4pm

Interview: Wednesday 14th December


 “Gordon’s is an outstanding school in every respect.”  OFSTED

 Gordon’s is a State Boarding and Day School and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children - applicants must be willing to undergo appropriate screening including a DBS check

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Job Vacancies: Reading Blue Coat School - LIBRARIAN

Founded in 1646, Reading Blue Coat School is a leading independent day school with 750 pupils, boys aged 11 – 18, and a co-educational Sixth Form. Set in a beautiful country estate of 46 acres of sport fields, grounds and woodlands overlooking the River Thames in the village of Sonning, just outside Reading, we provide a wonderful working environment. The School employs over 170 staff and offers a stimulating, friendly and supportive atmosphere in which each pupil can realise his or her full intellectual, physical and creative potential.

We require an enthusiastic and highly professional Librarian to support students and staff in the process of independent learning, teaching and personal development, through the provision of print and digital information collections. The Library consists of the main collections room; reading room; resources room equipped with 26 computers and the Old Blues room.
Key duties will include:

  • 1. Selecting, acquiring and maintaining the Library stock in good order.
  • 2. Supervising and directing 2 assistant Librarians.
  • 3. Encouraging reading and enjoyment of literature through stock selection appropriate to age and ability range of pupils.
  • 4. Working closely with the Learning Support Department and assisting in pupils assessments.
  • 5. Supervising all pupils working in the Library.
  • 6. Developing and supporting information research skills within the curriculum, in consultation with the appropriate teaching staff.

Candidates will have previous experience of working within a library, ideally in an educational environment. You must be a competent user of MS office applications; have the ability to work independently; be able think ahead and draw up schedules and plans; have outstanding interpersonal skills; and be committed to high personal standards of work and attention to detail. Preferably you will have a CILIP qualification or be working towards it.
This is a term time only position. We offer an excellent salary and benefits package, dependent on qualifications and experience.

Further details and an application form can be downloaded from our website: www.rbcs.org.uk or contact the Human Resources Manager, Tel: 0118 933 5813 email: recruitment[at]rbcs.org.uk
Closing date for applications: 6 December 2016
Interviews will be held on 12 or 13 December 2016
Applications must be submitted electronically on a Support Staff application form and may be accompanied by your CV and covering letter.
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check.

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Diary nightmares, Baroness Benjamin and Dr Who!

November has been one of those months where there is so much to do, so little time to do it and yet it is a joy to be able to make it all work!  Exactly as it is in schools, so it is here at SLA HQ!

Coming to England JacketThe month started with a very exciting invitation to attend the House of Lords launch of Baroness Benjamin’s new edition of Coming to England from Macmillan – in glorious full colour.  We were all very touched by Floella’s speech – about the need to fit in, to feel as if you belong – to quote from the introduction -

To feel you belong is a most important necessity in life. This feeling was denied to thousands of West Indian children who came to Britain, but at least they had their fond memories of the homes they left. The next generation however, who were born into an adopted country, would not know enough about their roots and how they came to be living in Britain. Today my story also reflects the experiences of children from many other countries around the world who have arrived on these shores for various reasons. They too have felt rejection and have had to face adversity.

It’s one of those books you just feel should be in every school library as it has a message for today’s students in exactly the same way it had when it was first written.  Macmillan have saved two signed copies of the book from the event  - to try and win a copy send an email bearing the subject line 'Coming to England SLA' to childrensbooks[at]macmillan.co.uk  Closing date of 30th November – good luck!

Quite a few school librarians took part in the 5th November rally for libraries in London – there was quite a crowd there, and many speeches were made, now we just need the government to listen!  To add more voices to the call for school libraries and librarians Chris Riddell, current Children's Laureate,  mobilised the past Children’s Laureates to sign an open letter to Justine Greening published in the Guardian this week; this has been followed up with pieces in the Daily Telegraph, a Guardian Opinion piece and an article in the Big Issue yesterday.  School librarians in Durham used the opportunity to add their voices to the call and wrote an impassioned letter to the Minister setting out exactly what it’s like working in a school library. One of the authors commented to me – ‘those of us who put our school names to the letter in Durham, felt very empowered yesterday which has to be good for morale’.

Early in the month the Information Book Award was celebrated at the 6th Floor Roof Top café at our sponsors – Hachette.  It was a super evening celebrating some fantastic information books – do have a look at all the shortlisted books!  Publishers are already gearing up to choose the books they send in for next year’s award!

These last few days I have been on the move – Cardiff, Somerset and Bristol.  The latter two were branch visits – and it’s great to meet school librarians and get the chance to talk about what we are doing, what we can improve and what we need to develop. 

Cardiff was a training conference – on reading for pleasure – held in the amazing venue of the Dr Who Experience!  It was quite disconcerting to be listening to a real variety of excellent presentations on reading, and be overlooked by the Weeping Angels and see Davros off to the side of us!  Photos from the event can be seen here.

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Job Vacancies: St Paul’s Juniors, London - BOOK LOVER REQUIRED

Salary: c £25,000-£27,500 term time only (plus 2 weeks)

St Paul’s Juniors is looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to manage, develop and promote its well-used and well-resourced library.  St Paul’s Juniors is a school full of bright, articulate and determined young boys, many of whom love reading and enjoy being challenged by the books they choose.

The ideal candidate will be a qualified librarian, however a voracious appetite for children’s literature, particularly books which appeal to boys between the ages of 7 and 13, is the most important quality they seek. You will also need excellent interpersonal skills and enjoy communicating with boys, parents and staff. Appropriate training will be provided to the successful candidate.

The position is full-time during term time but reduced hours may be considered for an exceptional candidate.

Further details and an application form can be obtained from the School’s website:  www.stpaulsschool.org.uk via the ‘Vacancies’ link in the footer, or by email on humanresources[at]stpaulsschool.org.uk

The closing date for all applications is Tuesday 29 November 2016.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

St Paul’s is a selective Independent Day School for boys aged 7-18, occupying a superb 45-acre site on the south bank of the Thames, west of Hammersmith Bridge. St Paul’s School excels academically at both A level and GCSE, with some of the highest national scores, but it is the work beyond the curriculum that excites both students and teachers alike.

St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employer and the Disclosure and Barring Service. St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors are an equal opportunities employer.

St Paul’s School, Lonsdale Road, London SW13 9JT

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Work Smarter and Shine: Witham, Essex, 1 December 2016


Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 1 December 2016.

This course is for anyone working in a secondary school library who wants to see how they can work more effectively in their role in order to achieve more productive outcomes and help students turn their aspirations into reality. The emphasis will be on practical exercises that can be used after the course in a workplace setting such as the use of SMART targets. Testimonials include -

'This course would be invaluable for all school librarians, regardless of how experienced they are.'

'I have to say that this was the most useful, relevant course I have attended in a very long time, well worth the time and money.'

'I am taking away several very important ideas to implement that will make a real difference.'

The closing date is 17 November 2016. Payment is not needed to secure a place as long as an official order has been submitted.

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Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means: London, 29 November 2016


Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Walthamstow School for Girls, London on 29 November 2016. The closing date is 15 November 2016.

This is a course for primary and secondary school staff.  As well as focusing on new Accelerated Reader facilities and resources, parrticpants will be provided with up-to-date information on exciting, attractive new books and advice on reading media which can be used to motivate pupils of all abilities.  The course will also include a section on how technology can be used to help your school to become a 'reading school'. 

Testimonials include -

- Found Bev extremely engaging.  Really enjoyed the course.

- Lots of ideas to take away and implement

Payment is not needed to secure a place as long as an official order has been received.

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Job Vacancies: St Mary’s Calne, Wiltshire - Library Assistant, Part-time

February 2017

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to assist the Librarian with the running and development of the libraries within the school.

Initially, 20 hours per week (term time only), to include some Saturdays as required.

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Further details and an application form are available on request from Reception on 01249 857200 or via email to: stmarysoffice[at]stmaryscalne.org

St Mary’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils. Due to the nature of the work involved, the successful applicant will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check.

Closing date: midday on Wednesday 30th November 2016

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Michael Morpurgo to receive the prestigious Action For Children’s Arts J M Barrie Award

ACAMichael Morpurgo will be awarded the J M Barrie Award for his contribution to children’s literature. The award, which champions the arts for children, is now in its 12th year and will be presented on November 10th at a ceremony held at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, London.

Storymaker, playwright and performer, Michael Morpurgo’s work reaches across the arts. He is the author of over 140 books, and his novels have been adapted into hugely successful productions for both the stage and screen. Most notably the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, and more recently Kneehigh’s production of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips at the Globe. 

His ‘best story’, as Michael says, was founding the charity Farms For City Children with his wife Clare. It began 40 years ago, and Michael and Clare have since received MBE’s for their work in education. Now working across three farms, the charity offers around 3,000 children a year from inner city schools the chance to spend a week living and working on a real farm. 

Michael Morpurgo was appointed Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005, a role that originated from an idea between Michael with his good friend, poet Ted Hughes back in 1997, which has continued to champion and highlight the work of children’s authors and illustrators. In 2006 Michael was made an OBE for his work in children’s literature.

The J M Barrie Award is presented by Action for Children’s Arts and is given annually to a children’s arts practitioner whose lifetime’s work has delighted children and will, in the opinion of the charity’s trustees, like J M Barrie’s PETER PAN, stand the test of time. Previous winners have included Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Judith Kerr OBE , Sir Quentin Blake, Bernard Cribbins OBE and Roger McGough CBE.

Michael Morpurgo said: 'JM Barrie, or Peter Pan, tells us: 'The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it’.  Storymakers and storytellers like Barrie, and like all the previous winners of this award, have given us the hope and faith children need, we need, to keep flying, have sustained us through dark and troubled times, have banished doubt. To touch the lives of children, to witness their listening and reading silence, is reward enough in itself. This is simply the icing on the cake.  Icing is best tasted while still in the mixing bowl, on the end of finger. This is an icing sugar day.  Thankyou, and thankyou dear Mr Barrie, and Peter. I'll keep flying’.

David Wood, OBE, Chair of Action for Children’s Arts said: ‘One of our greatest storytellers, Michael Morpurgo has thrilled and delighted huge numbers of young readers since becoming a children’s author in the early 1970s.  Action for Children’s Arts is delighted to recognise Michael’s outstanding contribution by presenting him with the JM Barrie Award 2016.  His work will undoubtedly, like PETER PAN, stand the test of time, making him a truly worthy recipient of this Award.’

Other awards to be presented at the ceremony are the ACA Members’ Awards, recognising children’s arts unsung heroes. And the Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Arts 2016 will be given to Linda McClelland, Education Coordinator, National Galleries of Scotland.

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Information Book Awards 2016

The School Library Association celebrated the 2016 Information Book Award on Wednesday 9th November with an event at the sponsor Hachette’s 6th Floor café at Carmelite House, London.  The SLA Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books. It is designed to support school libraries, reinforce the importance of non-fiction and highlight the high standard of resources available.

The overall winner chosen by the judges was The National Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al. (Walker Books); whilst the Children’s Choice winner was If… by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams (Wayland). 

Hilary Murray Hill, CEO for Hachette Children’s Group said “On behalf of the Hachette Children’s Group, I am proud that we continue to sponsor the SLA Information Book Awards. These are now the only awards that celebrate the essential work done by librarians, as well as the incredible breadth and imagination of contemporary non-fiction publishing.  I would like to praise and congratulate all the authors and illustrators on the 2016 shortlist, as well as the information professionals.  Their work is encouraging, motivating, informing and inspiring a whole generation of children.”

Chris Brown, Chair of the judges said “Among the books submitted for the Awards we found an abundance of superb books, covering a broad range of subjects. As Judges we found this to be a really difficult year in arriving at a reasonable number of titles for our shortlists, and an even greater challenge in making final decisions. It is so gratifying to see so many publishers producing high-quality information-based books for young readers.”

The winner in each category selected by the judges is:

0-7 Winner

Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Tim Hopgood. Walker ISBN 9781406357417

7-12 Winner

If... by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams. Wayland ISBN 9780750293839

Over-12 Winner

The National Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al. Walker ISBN 9781406358698

Overall Winner

The National Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al. Walker ISBN 9781406358698

Children’s Choice Awards

Between May and early November, schools were able to cast their vote for their favourite Information Book from the shortlisted titles. The SLA and their sponsors were keen that schools, libraries, book groups and reading groups should have a say in the final decision.  Each group could vote online for their favourite book in each category (Under 7, 7-12 and 12-16) and for their overall favourite.  The complete shortlist for 2016 is available here www.sla.org.uk/information-book-award.php

The Children’s Choice Winners are:

0-7 Winner

The Usborne Big Book of Colours by Felicity Brooks et al, illustrated by Sophia Touliatou. Usborne ISBN 9781409582472

7-12 Winner

If... by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams. Wayland ISBN 9780750293839

12-16 Winner

The National Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al. Walker ISBN 9781406358698

Overall Children’s Choice Winner

If… by David J Smith, Illustrated by Steve Adams. Wayland ISBN 9780750293839

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A request from New Zealand

We have been approached by a NZ librarian who is visiting the UK from Te Totara Primary School- she says "My name is Michelle Simms and I'll be visiting London next year as part of a scholarship I have received.  I'm a primary school librarian in Hamilton, New Zealand and I'm very interested in the work that is being done in UK school libraries around reading for pleasure.  As part of my trip I would love to visit some primary school libraries.  

I am going to be based in London, but I will also be happy to visit other places as long as they are near public transport.  I will be arriving on 27 February and leaving on 17 March."

If anyone can help Michelle by offering a visit then please contact her direct - michelles@tetotara.school.nz


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Unusual Job Opportunity - Features Editor for School Librarian

The School Library Association is looking to appoint a new Features Editor for The School Librarian, the SLA’s quarterly journal. The Features Editor needs to ensure that the journal is current, relevant and engaging for members and non-members alike. The successful applicant will have experience in school libraries and should possess excellent written communication skills, as well as boundless enthusiasm for supporting the work of the Association.

This is a voluntary position, which carries an annual honorarium.

For a detailed job description and to have a chat about the requirements of this role, please contact:  sally.duncan@sla.org.uk


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Job Vacancies: Kingston Grammar School, London - Assistant Librarian

Assistant Librarian - Part Time  (35 hours per week, term time only)

Kingston Grammar School is seeking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic Assistant Librarian to work alongside and assist the School Librarian with the day to day running of the School libraries and the IT facilities within them. 

Your main duties will include issuing, returning and renewing books on the computerised Library Management System and helping with basic enquiries from staff and pupils.

The Assistant Librarian will also have the development opportunity to cover for the Librarian one day a week with sole responsibility for managing the Library.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working in a similar role in a secondary school and be confident working independently with both staff and pupils in an extremely well-resourced and busy library.  You will also be a confident user of Microsoft Word, the Internet and using a Library Management System. 

Hours of work: Monday to Thursday (Exact hours, dependent on the school timetable); Friday 7.45am to 4.45pm.

Salary:  £26,000 - £29,000 full time equivalent pro-rated for the number of weeks worked plus pro-rated holiday, generous benefits and pension contributions

A job description, person specification and application form can be downloaded via the Employment Opportunities section at www.kgs.org.uk or by e-mailing Anne Collins at acollins[at]kgs.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Monday 21st November 2016

Kingston Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Registered Charity No. 1078461

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Job Vacancies: NONSUCH HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS - Learning Resource Centre Co-ordinator

33.75 hours per week, 39 weeks (including Insets)

£28,000 per annum pro rata

Required from January

We are seeking an enthusiastic person to manage and further develop our Learning Resource Centre.  The successful candidate will have good interpersonal and organisational skills and be able to devise creative ways to promote the enjoyment of reading, independent study and research throughout the school.  Excellent IT skills and experience of working in a library or similar environment are essential. 

Application forms and further details of how to apply can be found at:  www.nonsuchschool.org

Closing date:    Monday 14th November  2016 at9am
Interviews:       TBC

Human Resources                  

Nonsuch High School for Girls                     

Ewell Road, Cheam, Surrey, SM3 8AB        

T: 020 8394 3400 (ext 221)

F: 020 8394 3403

E: vacancies[at]nonsuch.sutton.sch.uk

In line with our recruitment policy and for the protection of our students, the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure. This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a culturally diverse workforce which reflects the nature of our school community.                                                 

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Work Smarter and Shine: Witham, Essex, 1 December 2016

DON'T DELAY, BOOK TODAY (early booking discount deadline - 3.11.16)!

Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 1 December 2016.

This course will help you to -

- write a realistic and achievable job description that reflects the aims of the school and the impact on teaching and learning

- understand how to write a development plan that fits both the library and school aims for the future using SMART targets

- practice techniques for managing your time effectively, reducing stress and increasing productivity

- understand the complexities of teenage behaviour and how to deal with it in a library setting

- develop assertive attitudes and responses in the working environment to help communication and achieve the library and school goals

The closing date is 17 November 2016. Bookings received by 3 November 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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Job Vacancies: The Westgate School, Slough - Learning Resource Manager

37 hours a week      Monday – Thursday   8.15am – 4.15pm    Friday  8.15am – 3.45pm

Term Time only (38 weeks)              

Actual starting salary  £22,896  Level 6 Point 30-35

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and creative Librarian to manage our modern and innovative Learning Resource Centre. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to establish themselves in a community of supportive and committed staff. They will be able to work alongside our Learning Resource Assistant to maintain our popular and busy resource centre. Previous experience in a school library environment and a qualification in this field would be desirable.

Visits to the school are encouraged please call Mrs Parsons on 01753 559837 to make an appointment.

Please see our website for further details and application documents


Closing date – noon 11 November 2016

Interviews w/c – 14 November 2016

The Westgate School

Cippenham Lane



DL – 01753 559839

Tel – 01753 521320

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Job Vacancies: WITHINGTON GIRLS’ SCHOOL, Manchester - Library Assistant

Term time only, 35 hours a week, fixed term for 2016/2017 academic year.


Withington is a leading independent day school for girls aged 7 to 18 in which some of the best academic results in the country are attained within a lively, happy and caring environment.

We are seeking to appoint a Library Assistant with immediate effect to work with the Librarian and in our School Library.

The Role

The successful candidate will undertake a range of duties including shelving, assisting with day-to-day routines at the issue desk, preparing resources, assisting with cataloguing and helping to maintain the stock in good order.

The Person

We are looking for someone who is dedicated and interested in working in an educational environment. The successful applicant will have good levels of literacy, IT, numeracy and interpersonal skills.  Some library experience would be an advantage, however training and guidance will be given.

Interested in the Role?

A job description and application pack for the role can be found on our website, www.wgs.org/recruitment/.   Please submit a letter of application, and complete our application form outlining your reasons for applying and what qualities and attributes you think you can bring to the role, to Nicola Byrne, HR Manager by 12 noon on Friday 10th November 2016.

Job Description Library Assistant (2)

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Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service

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