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Work Smarter Course Information

Work Smarter CPD Training

Welcome to the online Work Smarter training programme. Participants are being offered an enjoyable and rewarding programme of learning and experience which will lead to a certificate of participation from the School Library Association.

This training is provided by Sarah Pavey, MSc FCLIP. Sarah has a degree in Biochemistry and a Masters in Information Science. She worked as a school librarian for over 15 years in the UK, both in independent and maintained schools. She was formerly librarian at Box Hill School in Surrey and is now working as an independent Library Consultant. Sarah conducts regular training events for CILIP, School Library Association, Special Schools and Academies Trust and International Baccalaureate in both the primary and secondary sectors. She is co-author of The Innovative School Librarian (Facet, 2009) and the 2nd edition (Facet 2016) has spoken at numerous library conferences.

Benefits to the participants
The opportunity to gain knowledge and to put it to practical use in your situation. This will result in a deeper understanding of the techniques you can introduce to enable you to work at delivering more impact in a stress free environment.

Benefits to the school
The SLA offers practical training, advice and support to your staff. The Work Smarter training will show participants how to tweak their job description in order to make their job less stressful and more purposeful. It will also cover longer term planning to fit with the aims and ethos of the school. Behaviour management is another area which may place staff under stress and this course will look at the psychology and offer practical solutions to keep this under control. Overall this course is designed to make staff more visible and valuable to the school community and to enable them to work delivering more impact in a stress free environment.

Who is eligible to apply?
Anyone who has responsibility for a school library or is a member of staff in a school.

How much does it cost?
The course costs £50.00 (for SLA members) and £150.00 (for non members). You can pay by BACS, credit card or cheque. We will raise an invoice to cover the amount due as soon as we receive your enrolment form. On receipt of your enrolment form the SLA will confirm login details. Participants are asked not to share their login details with anyone else.

Upon completion, please contact the SLA office to request a certificate of participation which will be issued free-of-charge.

How long does it take?
The course is roughly a half days’ training, so between 4 – 6 hours depending on how many of the links you follow and whether you complete all of the action points. There is no grading or assessment so you don’t have to submit any work to us. When you finish please contact Ann.adams[at]sla.org.uk to ask for a certificate of completion.

Further information and next steps

For information about what is covered in each module please download the overview of the course:


Word document, 15 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later)



If you are interested in enrolling please complete the enrolment form:

Work Smarter Enrolment Form

Word document, 24 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)




and return it to:

School Library Association
1 Pine Court
    Kembrey Park
    SN2 8AD

or email to info[at]sla.org.uk 

For further information on the programme please telephone 01793 530166 or email info[at]sla.org.uk.