School libraries aren’t statutory, and in the UK no one knows how many there are, or if they are staffed or funded. The Great School Libraries campaign is a three-year campaign which aims to change this – collecting data about school libraries as well as working towards securing school library funding; producing a national framework for school libraries and recognition of school libraries within Ofsted.
It is about ensuring that all children receive the benefits a school library can provide. To watch a video about the impact of a school library click here.
We are conducting a sector-wide survey of primary and secondary schools to better understand the level of provision of both learning resources and staff responsible for them. As you know, there is currently no definitive information on how schools are resourced – something we want to change. We would appreciate your help in gathering this information to provide a clearer picture of the situation and would be grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire.
Your responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and BMG Research, who are conducting the survey on our behalf, abides by the Market Research Society Code of Conduct at all times.
The survey will be sent to schools shortly and will be open between Monday 25th February to Friday 29thMarch. If you want to make sure this survey has been completed on behalf of your school please do get in touch with Jamie Lawson, Research Executive at BMG Research, via e-mail at Jamie.Lawson@bmgresearch.co.uk. Alternatively, you can contact him via phone at 0121 333 6006.
If you are interested in finding out more information about the Great School Libraries Campaign, please contact Alison Tarrant, Chair of the GSL working group via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you seen that Ofsted is consulting about the new inspection framework? It might be something you want to have a say on as a school librarian. Have a look at the consultation, and have your say before the 5th April.
This beautifully simple. yet effective idea was shared on the internet mailing group SLN, and I immediately asked the librarian, Gavin Jones from Melbourne Girls Grammar, if I could share this with all of you. Gavin runs the website Read it! Loved it! and tweets about his love of books at @readitlovedit
The flipguides are a beautifully simple way for pupils to be independent in finding books, yet under the remote guidance of the librarian. They are simple and cheap to put together, and easy to add and take away books from once made. Laminated, they are durable and will survive much handling. Gavin has agreed to share his template with us, so that everyone can build their own guides, and it can be found here on his website, where examples of the flipguides he has already built can be found. If you do find this useful, a shout out to Gavin on Twitter would be great!
Sarah Masters, of Thomas Deacon Academy, usually kicks off the Christmas season on Heart by sending me her powerpoint Advent calendars, which she sends round to all tutors in December. This year, we have two from her, one for seniors and one for juniors. Enjoy!
The Senior calendar is too large to show in a preview, but you can download it with this link:Advent calendar 2018
And for the Juniors – the download link is under the presentation
I hope that most of you noticed that this wonderful Campaign was launched yesterday, 20th September 2018. I was certainly busy on Twitter with it!
Most of you know that with my other hat on I am Chair of CILIP’s School Libraries Group, and in this capacity I am on the team that launched this initiative. Working in partnership with Alison Tarrant of the School Library Association and with other partners, we have started a three year campaign with the objective of raising the profile of school libraries with the government, Ofsted and educational professionals everywhere. Our aim is to get them to realise the value that a school library brings. and therefore to properly fund them where they exist, and put them back in schools where they have been taken out.
To this end, we would value your help! We have a data collecting team who is compiling a lot of information to prove the value that we bring. If you could help us by sending us a case study (or two!) on how you have made a difference to teaching and learning. I am attaching a template here, and an exemplar case study for you to look at. If you need any further help with this, please contact me on this page and I will put you in touch with someone on the team who can help.
On the website you will also find two wonderful posters to put up in your library, and an exercise for your students to do as well, celebrating your library and what it means to them. You can send pictures of these to us – send them to me and I will put them on the page.
Let’s celebrate our #GreatSchoolLibraries! Please tweet about your successes using that hashtag, and let’s make this three year Campaign make a difference!
Children’s author Karen McCombie is on the committee of the SHINE SCHOOL MEDIA AWARDS, and would love to get the word out to more secondary schools – state, independent and special – about this amazing competition for school newspapers, magazines, podcasts or websites( both print and online). And of course, she knows the best way to spread the message is via the school librarian – the font of all school-related knowledge! Here’s how Shine works: schools register an interest via the website, which is full of useful advice about how to start and run school publications. Shortlisted schools are then invited to attend a ceremony in the City of London, where pupils have the chance to take part in workshops, have lunch in the ancient and beautiful Stationers’ Hall, and step on stage to accept some prestigious prizes, which include offers of master-classes and work experience from some of the major communications industry bodies that support Shine.
CILIP’s Information Literacy Group have produced a great set of research sheets aimed at schools, and even better, they have chosen to allow this as a free download for everyone. They were originally created to go with the Teen Tech Awards, but they adapted them for use in all settings. These ten sheets help students become information literate and smart researchers themselves. Download them here. CILIPILG has also produced a very helpful new definition of what Information Literacy means in all sorts of contexts, and you can download that here.
It’s the time of year when inductions start happening for new students, or we start thinking about how we introduce the library to our incoming Year 7 students. This introduction is from Matt Imrie, blogger at Teen Librarian. If you haven’t yet discovered this wonderful resource, then sign up today! Matt has created one of the best fun introductions to Dewey – in my opinion! – with this fun activity using the Dewey Decimal Classification card game. Playable in several ways, Matt provides the rules and a free download of beautifully visual cards. Feel free to use this resource – but remember to credit the Teen Librarian!
If you have any great induction activities you’d like to share, please contact me.
Has your school ever taken part in the wonderful collaborative writing project called The Write Path, run by Bev Humphrey? Mine has – and I can tell you it is a wonderful and enriching experience. Students carry on writing each others stories, all around the world, so that the completion of a story can take 24 hours and go all around the world! Students get the chance to Skype with the school before or after them – my school loved talking to the school in Australia which had kangaroos in the distance! To find out more about how your school can take part in this wonderful collaborative project, see this page on Heart.