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The SLA Resources Blog is designed to highlight new resources which we at the SLA think may be of interest to school librarians and to others working in related fields. The blog is available at https://www.sla.org.uk/resources-blog.php and can also be read via an RSS feed at https://www.sla.org.uk/sla-resources-rss.php.

Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.

Browns are Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

Feedback from customers has found the decline in showrooms, reduced resources and time restraints a challenge for literacy co-ordinators sourcing educational content for students.

Browns Books for Students have endeavoured to find a solution to provide as many physical books as possible, including our handpicked collections and newly published titles directly to our customers.

Browns Books for Students have created a Mobile Educational Book Showroom in a double decker bus! Stocked with over 4000 books for the educational sectors.

Our Book Bus is an Alexander ALX400 low-floor Double Decker with a 2002 Dennis Trident 2 chassis that has been completely refurbished and customised to our unique requirements. Measuring 10.5metres long, 2.55metres wide and 4.4metres tall and fitted with an external awning, creating an amazing 50 sq. metre mobile experience.

The lower level of the bus is fitted with two electronic meeting spaces, with live terminals to research titles or receive demonstrations on our online ordering platform or our eBook platform, VLeBooks.

The top deck has been transformed into a mobile showroom with 17 bespoke shelves displaying over 4000 physical books.  We also have 8 electronic displays providing additional information on the content and educational resources.

With mobile stock scanners, users can enjoy browsing the books and scan titles to create selections. Utilise the ordering terminals to review selections and place orders, which are available to be dispatched the same day, or serviced to your bespoke requirements and arrive shelf ready for your library.

 

Getting Everyone Involved!

Why not have students or library representatives on our Book Bus to put together selections that both themselves and their peers consider of interest; and would like to see in their library?

We strongly believe that if patrons of their libraries feel connected and involved in selecting the content for the libraries, they will utilise the library service even more.

Anyone can use a stock scanner to create their selections for you to review and decide whether to purchase.

On board collections will provide Department Heads and Literacy co-ordinators an effective resource to compare and review teaching resources in one place. No need to see multiple reps, no travel, or biased heavy selling.

 

Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

We believe that accessibility to books is crucial and our Book Bus will give the opportunity not only to major cities, but to assist rural communities and educational establishments who are not fortunate to have a static bookstore/showroom.

Our Book Bus will give access to content on site, creating an exciting and unique experience whereby everyone can get involved in viewing titles and adding new stock into schools and community libraries.

 

For more information:

THE BOOK BUS Browns Books for Students, 22-28 George Street, Hull HU1 3AP, Marketing Manager: Nic Hales Tel 01482 384660 - Email nic.hales[at]brownsbfs.co.uk - brownsbfs.co.uk

Read Write Inc Open Days

On 19 March a selection of 'Model Schools' in the UK are inviting headteachers and literacy leads to attend an open day to see the Read Write Inc. education programme in practice. Attendees can find out how the programme, published by Oxford University Press, can improve literacy and help to decrease the 'word gap' between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.  

 

The open day will take place on Monday 19 March in Caerphilly, Cornwall, Derby, Norfolk, Romford, Wokingham, Birmingham and East Sussex at 'Model Schools' for Read Write Inc., and will be open to all headteachers and literacy leads in the local area. At the open day visitors can expect to find out how the Read Write Inc. programme is implemented in their schools and see the benefits of the programme and it is improving literacy. During the day, visitors will be able to observe lessons, meet other schools in the area, get advice on how to implement the programme and see the positive impact on behaviour across the school. 

 

One of the highlight factors of Read Write Inc. schools is that they are talk-a-lot schools where speaking and listening skills are developed through partner work. By developing children’s vocabulary, Read Write Inchelps to address problems associated with the ‘word gap’, recently highlighted by the government’s Department for Education single departmental plan. 

 

The ‘word gap’ has been identified in children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who by the age of 3 are on average almost a full year and a half behind their more affluent peers in language development. In the report the DoE make recommendations on how to eliminate the 'word gap' through education in order to improve social mobility and equality of opportunity, the Read Write Inc. programme is in line with this.

 

 “Our Model Schools demonstrate an inspirational passion and excitement for teaching. Their attention to detail and focus on continuous professional development
marks them out and is the key to their success in getting every child to read by 6. No child should get left behind and with the right teaching and assessments we can ensure

every child is understood and the gaps in their knowledge identified and addressed.”

Ruth Miskin, Creator of Read Write Inc.

 

For more information on which schools are taking part and to book a place at one of the schools teachers can visit this webpage: https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/rwi/model-schools-open-morning/?region=uk

 

Or for booking enquiries please email oxfordprimaryevents[at]oup.com  

 

                                 

For more information, images or to speak to one of the experts at OUP Education please contact publicist: Laura Smythe m: 07881555530 or email: laurasmythecontact[at]gmail.com

 

Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP t: 01865 354579

www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/readwriteinc Twitter: [at]OUPPrimary Facebook: [at]oxfordeducationuk

The T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme 2011

The T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage with the best new poetry by shadowing the judges of the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Two poems from ten collections shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize will be available to download from www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15 from 1 November.

The Shadowing Scheme is run by the Poetry Book Society in collaboration with the English and Media Centre. Students are encouraged to read the poems and to take part in a poll to vote for their choice of winner.There will also be a competition for individual ‘A’ level (or equivalent) students to write the best 500 word rationale for their choice of poet.

Prizes for the winning student include tickets to the T S Eliot Readings and the award ceremony in January 2012, with the chance to meet the winning poet, and a complete set of the 10 shortlisted titles.

For further details, please visit the Poetry Book Society website at www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15. The Scheme will start on 1st November and a teachers’ guide will be available on the emagazine website at www.emagazine.org.uk

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Anthologise: A National Poetry Anthology Competition for Secondary Schools

Spearheaded by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this Laureate Education project is intended to encourage the wider reading, appreciation and enjoyment of poetry by pupils in schools.  Open to all schools in the UK, groups of any size are invited to work together to create an anthology of poetry, using the resources and guidelines provided on www.anthologise.co.uk.

The judges are the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, National Poet for Wales Gillian Clarke, Scots Makar Liz Lochhead, John Agard, Grace Nichols and Cambridge Professor of Children’s Poetry Morag Styles.  Competition closing date: 1 March 2012

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Short Story Competition for Year 7 and Year 8 students

To celebrate this year's National Short Story Week there’s a short story competition launch on November 7th for Year 7 and Year 8 students.  Students who enter must write a short story of between 900 and 1000 words with the title "The Choice".   The deadline for entries will be in January 2012, with the winners being announced in spring 2012.

There will be four runners-up, one boy and one girl from each year, and an overall winner. There are some great prizes, and the winning entry will be recorded by a professional actor and broadcast online as a pod cast.  To take part, students must ask their school library to register for the competition. Entries will be accepted from the first 250 schools to register, and each of those schools can submit up to 10 short stories in total.

School librarians should send an email to schools@shortstoryweek.org.uk to secure a place, and to receive full competition details.

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Dragonese Day

Dragonese Day is on 6th October 2011 and is the perfect occasion to teach your pupils about Vikings, learn how to speak Dragonese and read the brilliant and witty series of How to Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell.  To mark this exciting national event, the publishers have created a downloadable teacher’s pack full of fun and educational activities including the chance to WIN A SCHOOL EVENT WITH CRESSIDA COWELL. The activities included in this pack are suitable for cross-curricular teaching for children between the ages of 5 and 11 covering curriculum areas including History, Geography and Literacy.

You can download your FREE pack now at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com

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Young Sherlock Reading Group Offer

To celebrate the launch of the third Young Sherlock Holmes book this autumn, Bloomsbury are giving away 500 copies of the first title to reading groups.

About the book:  The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education – the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent . . .

The Death Cloud is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.

To enter this competition, please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DXF9668

The deadline for entries is Tuesday 13th September

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