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Tackling Information Literacy in the Secondary School

Course Details:

Tackling Information Literacy in the secondary school: - linking lessons and Programmes of Study to whole school issues and national initiatives such as PLTS.


Starting by showing how one school librarian demonstrated the need for a whole school approach to skills for learning, this course will identify aspects of information skills throughout all secondary Key Stages.  Specific sessions on plagiarism and citation will be followed with a look at questioning. We will explore ways to assist students’ higher level thinking skills which is more likely to attract positive feedback from Ofsted inspectors.  Time will also be devoted to looking at the issues of Sixth Form Induction.


Delegates will be encouraged to consider how best to work with senior management and colleagues in their own schools, ensuring that the librarian takes a pivotal role in furthering student media literacy. The day will include sharing sessions and time will be allowed for planning for future development.  The course is expected to appeal to librarians who wish to focus on the skills teaching aspect of their role, to extend the scope of what they already do and to raise the profile of Information Literacy within their own organisations.

Trainer: Lin Smith

Lin worked in school libraries for twenty-three years after an earlier career in the public and special library sector. She has a particular interest in Information Literacy and study skills delivering training and lectures on this topic in the UK and abroad.  Now working as an independent trainer Lin authored the SLA online Information Literacy course and was a member of SLA Board from 2007 to 2016. She currently organises The East Midlands heat of the Kids Lit Quiz and is also a CILIP Mentor.


Key Audience:

Secondary school librarians / library staff.

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.