Following the publication of the Ofsted report on Moving English Forward there has been much discussion on the online internet group SLN about what this means for school librarians. At the London Association of Teachers of English last weekend led by an HMI Inspector, it was emphasised that school libraries would feature in inspections of whole school reading cultures where literacy was felt to be an issue. If attainment in English at GCSE and AL English are high, then the library will not need to be included. What will happen, I wonder, to schools who have problems with literacy, and don’t have school libraries any more? Is this finally the resurgence of school libraries that we have all been waiting for? What is your opinion – does this Ofsted report bring it any closer?
Are you getting resources ready for your new 6th Form intake in September? If so, you might like to look in the new folder on the right in the Box files, called ‘6th form work for memory sticks’. This file came out of a discussion around Karen Hans’s article on Heart, and her mention of giving the 6th Form memory sticks full of resources for the upcoming year. Karen has kindly allowed some of her resources to be uploaded, and others have also contributed their ideas. Please feel free to use these resources, and to contact me with any others you feel could be included here. Librarians are amongst the most generous people I know with their resources, usually freely sharing with others, and I would like to thank Karen and others for their generosity in making this resource available to us all.