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   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

New Director for SLA!

Tarrant Head WebWe are pleased to announce that Alison Tarrant will be the new Director of the SLA, taking over from Tricia Adams when she retires in March. Alison is an experienced and passionate professional librarian who is fully embracing the challenges faced by school librarians today. We are looking forward to working with Alison to carry on Tricia's work with the Association, campaigning for school libraries everywhere and continuing to provide our members with help, support and inspiration. Alison was a recent Honour Listee on our School Librarian of the Year Award - find out more about her here.



   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Nominate a School Librarian 2018

Welcome to 2018 - this is just a brief reminder that you still have nearly 2 weeks in which to nominate a school librarian who is doing great things in your school for the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award. (Nominations close on 19th January.)

Foyle Logo WebThis year we are delighted to announce we have funding available to run the award from the Foyle Foundation, and even better, this will continue until 2020, ensuring that the award has the space and time to develop, whilst continuing to promote the wonderful best practice and learning that happens in school libraries all over the country.

The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant making Trust supporting UK charities which, since its formation in 2001, has become a major funder of the Arts and Learning.  The Foundation also operates a community small grants programme and a national school library improvement scheme.



   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Job Vacancies: Manor Lodge School , Herts - Librarian

Full Time Librarian required as soon as possible.

We are seeking a qualified, experienced and enthusiastic Librarian to run the Manor Lodge School Library.

Librarian Job Specification

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Further details and an application form may be found on the school’s website. Alternatively, contact the Headmaster’s PA on 01707 642424.

Manor Lodge School Application Form 2017

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Applications forms, together with a CV and covering letter, should be submitted to the Headmaster at the address below by Monday 22nd January.

Initial Enquiry Letter Librarian January 18

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Manor Lodge 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.

Manor Lodge School

Rectory Lane

Ridge Hill


Herts WD7 9BG

Telephone: 01707 642424


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   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Opportunity at SLA - Publications Co-ordinator

The School Library Association is looking to appoint a new Publications Co-ordinator on the retirement of the current post holder, Geoff Dubber. The Publications Co-ordinator needs to ensure that the SLA’s publications are 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.

A job description is available to download below. If you wish to have a chat about the requirements of this role, please contact:  sally.duncan[at]sla.org.uk or tricia.adams[at]sla.org.uk

Please send a short written application to Annike Dase, Chair of the SLA, to be considered for the post.  Closing date is 12 noon on 31st January 2018.

Publications Co-ordinator JD 2017

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   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Promoting Reading in the Digital Age: Taunton, Somerset, 7 ...

Our course Promoting Reading in the Digital Age, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at The Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning, Cheddon Road, Taunton on 7 March 2018.

This course focusses on ways to encourage reluctant readers, build reading stamina and make reading ‘cool’ by using exciting online resources and apps to create a buzz around books in your school. All resources shown are provided in a handout to keep, with great video content, fantastic display suggestions and motivating electronic ideas you can use to really get your pupils switched on to reading for pleasure. Advice on how to use ebooks, QR codes and take part in live author events included.


Bev has run this course for the SLA on several occasions and the feedback has been excellent.  Comments include -

'Fabulous course - opened my mind to so many options'

'Brilliant day with so many excellent ideas.  Lovely presentation.'

The closing date is 20 February 2018. Bookings received by 7 February 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and ...


Pupils need to ‘listen to a wide range of stories’ and ‘become familiar with traditional tales’, to motivate them to learn to read, and demonstrate the pleasure of it – as well as increasing their vocabulary, hearing expressive speech, and inheriting the tradition of stories that will feed their own writing. 

Our course Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure, run by Alec Williams , will be held at Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, off Whittaker Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 9QQ on 7 February 2018. The closing date is 26 January 2018.

This lively course will build your confidence if you’re new to telling stories, and give fresh inspiration to those who are already practiced at it. It’s aimed at all teachers and support staff working in primary schools, this course addresses the use of stories from the youngest EYFS pupils right through to Year Six students. 


Key Audience: primary school teachers and support staff

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   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Training session: Making the most of your CLA Licences 2018

Tue, Feb 6, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM GMT

This webinar offers you a copyright refresher, focussing on the key elements of the CLA Education Licence that it’s likely your institution already holds.   The licence gives your institution’s staff blanket cover to copy third party published materials, so we'll take you through the range of benefits the licence offers, how best to administer its conditions, and highlight our key support  materials.

While those new to the CLA Licence will benefit most, any individual involved in copyright and/or lesson resources is welcome to join the session to see how to make the most of the licence.  You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and also get practical tips on licence administration.  All you need to do is register for the webinar and follow the joining instructions.

The session will be recorded and forwarded to all registrants, so if you'd like to hear the webinar, but the time of the live session isn’t convenient, just register anyway and you'll receive the recording and a write up of the Q&A.



   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Weavers of Dreams: Creativity and Imagination ?

We are delighted to be going to Glasgow for the Course this June (22-24th) and hope to welcome as many of you as possible to the Glasgow Grand Central Hotel for all or part of the proceedings.

The programme has been in development for some time – and is coming together really well.  There are a few items yet to be confirmed, but we already have the following speakers lined up for you –

  • Alison Tarrant, new Director of the SLA
  • Yvonne Manning on the Scottish National Strategy for School Libraries
  • Dr Dorothy Williams on the Impact of School Libraries
  • A panel discussing dyslexia friendly books including Joy Court, Jo Cotterill, Anthony McGowan, Tom McLaughlin
  • Lari Don, storyteller
  • Scottish Booktrust on reading promotion

Plus breakout sessions on

  • Wellbeing and Mindfulness
  • Reading for Pleasure
  • Recognising bias in the Post truth era
  • What to teach students in one hour in the library
  • Reflective Reading

Authors attending include (to date)

  • Philip Reeve
  • Alom Shaha
  • Sophie Cameron
  • Theresa Breslin and
  • Brian Conaghan

Plus, we can’t be in Scotland without a ceilidh, this year with Reelie Jiggered Ceilidh Band

We have attempted to keep costs down as far as possible – and are grateful for sponsorship from MLS in helping us do this.  Full weekend costs are -

  • SLA Members - Early Bird £375.00 or £400 full price
  • Non Members  - Early Bird £464.00 or £489 full price

Day delegate rates will be announced shortly – and the full programme will be in the next issue of School Librarian as well as on the website (keep watching).

If you are planning on coming we are happy to take reservations now – please ring the office.  We can also take payment in several part payments – again, speak to the office if you require this service.  Booking will be available via the website soon.




   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Teaching Skills for School Library Staff: Witham, Essex, 28 ...


Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 28 February 2018.

Delegates on this one-day participative course will build on current experiences of teaching information skills in libraries and learning centres.  Divided into five sessions, they will look firstly at the nature of teaching and learning before considering each step of the process – planning, delivering, assessing and receiving feedback.  Delegates will be involved with stimulating discussions and there will be the opportunity to share experiences so if you are working with young people, students, small groups of library users or staff this course will help you develop your skills as a teacher and trainer.

The closing date is 9 February 2018. Bookings received by 31 January 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills

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   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Twitter chat 2

On Monday 29th January between 7 - 8 p.m. we will be holding another Twitter chat, please do try and join in if you can. If you need some advice on starting here is a how to file prepared by our SLA Digital Editor for you:

Tweet chats how to

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The questions have already been set, so you can be prepared on the night. We are looking forward to chatting with you on Monday! #ukslachat



   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Cilip SLG/SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award: ...

Award winning author Tanya Landman is joining school librarians, authors, publishers and other names from the literacy organisations to celebrate the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award; a joint venture between the School Library Association and the CILIP School Libraries Group.

An eight-strong shortlist has been selected from a very impressive field of nominations from school librarians across the UK. The winner will be announced by Landman at a special ceremony on Friday 16th March at Portcullis House, Westminster.

The eight finalists are:

  • James Belcher, Abbeyfield School, Chippenham
  • Colin Dowling, Moulsham High School, Chelmsford
  • Ed Goundrey-Smith, Sibford School, Banbury
  • Brougham Hardy, Belmont Community School, Durham
  • Maia Hipwood, Howartd of Effingham School, Leatherhead
  • Hannah Marsden, Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester
  • Destiny Rothery, Caister Academy, Great Yarmouth
  • Anna Heathcote Woodbridge, Derby High School

Barbara Band, Chair of the Judging Panel and founder of the award said “Week after week many students support the libraries in their schools by giving of their time and effort. Sadly, this is too often unrecognised and unrewarded. Yet these students are not only helping to create a lively and effective library that responds to the needs of its users, they are also gaining valuable skills and experience in the process, skills that will enable them to succeed in further education and the workplace. This award was created to recognise that work and also to highlight the unique synergy that often exists between a pupil and the school library.”

Tricia Adams, Director of the School Library Association said “Pupil library assistants are a valuable element in the running of school libraries – giving service to the school but also gaining skills and confidence from the work they do in the library, which ultimately feeds back into their academic achievement and their motivation.”

Caroline Roche, Chair of the CILIP School Libraries Group said “The work that pupil librarians do is invaluable in their schools.  Many school librarians are lone workers and therefore rely heavily on assistance from pupil librarians during busy periods.  But, more than that, many of these pupils enrich their libraries: recommending books, talking to their peers, creating newsletters, contributing to blogs, helping create displays - all the extras which can make a library vibrant and interesting. All of this enriches not only the library, but adds to their personal development.  SLG thoroughly endorses this Award.”

Open to pupils who assist in school libraries across the UK, the award recognises the impact of their work on their school and its library and equally the value of the experience to the children’s lives. Entries are judged by a panel of leading figures from the children’s book world and school library community.


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   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Job Vacancies: Tettenhall College: Dynamic, creative ...

Tettenhall College

We are seeking a dynamic, creative librarian to help us establish a new library space that will engage and excite all pupils from Nursery to Sixth Form. The role will require initiative, a deep passion for reading and a desire to develop this area fully across the whole School.

Please refer the School website to download an application form and full job description: http://www.tettenhallcollege.co.uk/about-us/vacancies.

Any queries with regard to the post should be directed to Mrs Nicola Phelps (Headmaster's PA): headmaster[at]tettcoll.co.uk

Tettenhall College Inc.
Wood Road
T +44 (0) 1902 751 119
F +44 (0) 1902 793 000

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   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM


30EMPATHYBOOKS 1Teachers and parents are increasingly concerned about the potentially empathy-draining effect of social media on children, and new pressures caused by societal divisions and the rise in hate crimes. To combat this, EmpathyLab is harnessing the power of stories to build empathy, inspired by scientific evidence showing that reading can boost real-life empathy skills. EmpathyLab asked publishers to submit their best recently published children’s books with a strong empathy angle. Today they announce the titles selected for a 2018 Read for Empathy Guide.

An expert panel has chosen thirty books to strengthen children’s ability to understand other people’s feelings and perspectives, spark insights into different lives and inspire them to put empathy into action in their communities.
A linked book collection for 4-11 year olds is now available from school and library book suppliers Peters.  This is for parents, teachers and librarians to use in the run-up to Empathy Day on 12 June, and beyond.

The Panel praised the quality of submitted books, choosing 14 picture books, 2 graphic novels, 1 poetry book and 13 novels. They noted the many great books exploring the topical theme of displacement and migration, and the need for empathy to help everyone feel they belong.  They chose several strong tiles which help children understand how others experience and manage their emotions, and others which illuminate the experiences of children facing challenging circumstances, such as deafness, autism or bereavement.

The Panel noticed a big gap in the publisher submissions for poetry, and empathy-boosting books for 7-9 year-olds. Within the young fiction arena the panel chose two short novels: Atinuke’s The No 1 Car Spotter Fights the Factory (illustrator Warwick Johnson Cadwell), and Michaela and Elaine DePrince’s Ballerina Dreams (illustrator Ella Okstad). Joseph Coelho’s poetry in Overheard in a Tower Block makes an important contribution.
The panel members were especially keen to reflect the breadth of realities of our society and ensure the inclusion of quality authors and illustrators from our multi-ethnic community. The submissions received highlighted a shortage of available titles for primary aged children by black and minority ethnic authors and illustrators.  However the collection includes nine titles by writers or illustrators of colour and eleven featuring characters from a mix of ethnic backgrounds.

Order the Read For Empathy book collection online at www.peters.co.uk/empathy and enjoy 20% off plus a FREE set of bookmarks and a display poster. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 666 6646 or
email empathy[at]peters.co.uk


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Job Vacancies: St George?s School, Cologne, Germany - ...

St George’s School seeks an experience librarian to lead our library team and further develop the library space.

The School
Serving the international community in Cologne for almost 30 years, St George’s School combines an enriching curriculum with family orientated care. The school has grown from small beginnings into a thriving community of over 750 pupils, aged from 2-18 and representing more than 40 nationalities.

The National Curriculum is taught throughout the school, and we offer the IB Diploma in our Sixth form.

One of a group of four schools located across Germany, St George’s offers the successful applicant an exciting range of opportunities for professional development and growth across the school group.

The Location

Located on a new, purpose built campus on the outskirts of Cologne, St George’s School enjoys direct transport links to the city centre, as well as to the greater area of Cologne-Bonn.

Germany’s fourth largest city, Cologne is a dynamic and vibrant cultural centre, with a large and diverse international community. Situated in the heart of Europe, Cologne offers a high standard of living, as well as numerous opportunities for travel and cultural discovery.
Cologne-Bonn airport is located only 20km from the school, with many daily flights to the UK, and a high speed rail service connects Cologne to London, via Brussels.

Please download our application pack for detailed information about the role.

For further details, and to make an application, please visit our website:

Only applications made through our on-line system will be considered.

Applications should be submitted by the closing date of 9th March 2018. The school reserves the right to contact outstanding applicants in advance of this deadline.

St George’s is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will therefore be subject to enhanced background checks.

For any inquires relating to this role, please do not hesitate to contact us directly:

Mr. P. Dickinson
Academic and Recruiting Director.
Tel: 0049 2233 808870

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   17/03/2018 - 10:24 AM

Picture and Comic Books for All: Stafford, Staffordshire, ...


Our course Picture and Comic Books for All, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Walton Room, Entrust, The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3TH on 14 March 2018.

This new SLA course will look at –

- Picture books for specific topics and curriculum aims

- Picture books and comic books to promote Reading for Pleasure for all abilities and to build empathy and understanding

- Digital image rich story apps and sites for reading and creating picture books and comics (including demonstrations on how they work)

The closing date is 27 February 2018. Bookings received by 21 February 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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