Warwickshire Schools Library Service Supporting reading and learning in schools
September 2022

Training

Save the dates! Our next primary and secondary network meetings....

Do you work in a primary or secondary school library? If so, join us at our network meetings. They are a great opportunity to talk to others and share ideas. We also have guest speakers and share lots of useful links and resources.

Secondary network meetings (monthly)

  • Thursday 22nd September 3.30pm-4.30pm: Virtual meeting with guest speaker Gill Colbourne from Warwickshire Libraries who will talk about CILIP Accreditation/Chartership and revalidation. We will also have time for our usual catch-up and sharing of useful links/resources etc.
  • Tuesday 18th October 3.45pm-4.45pm: We will be meeting at a local secondary school. A great opportunity to see another school's library. Contact us for more details. 
  • Wednesday 16th November:
    - Secondary Book Award Shortlisting meeting at WSLS (all invited) 1pm-2.30pm
    - Secondary Network Meeting at WSLS, 3pm-4pm (guest speaker TBC)

Primary network meetings (termly)

  • Tuesday 4th October 3.45pm-4.45pm: Virtual meeting with guest speaker TBC. There will also be the opportunity to chat in smaller groups and sharing of useful links/resources. 
  • Tuesday 7th February 3.45pm-4.45pm: Virtual meeting with guest speaker TBC. 

For more information or to register for a meeting, please contact schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Training course: 'Help, I'm Running a Library' for primary and secondary schools

Do you want to increase your knowledge skills and confidence in running a school library? We can help.... sign-up for our training course. Details below.

For more information, contact schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Join us at our next Secondary Network Meeting- in person or virtually!

We would love to invite you to our next Secondary Network Meeting on:

network meetingEveryone is welcome and you can join us in person (and we can make you a real cup of tea!) or join us virtually if you prefer.

These meetings are suitable for any staff working within secondary school libraries or responsible for literacy in their school.

For more information, email schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Join us for our next Virtual Primary Network Meeting!

Our next virtual meeting will be on Monday 24th January 2022 at 3.30pm!

Please join us for this FREE virtual event for any Primary school staff who are involved with running the library/promoting reading at your school (e.g. librarians/teachers/support assistants/literacy co-ordinators).

The theme of the next meeting will be:

'How to stock and organise your school library!'

The session will also give you the opportunity to ask questions, network and share ideas/experiences with other teachers and librarians. We will also share lots of useful links, book recommendations, resources, training and CPD opportunities.

We will also be welcoming author Katie Sahota, who will be sharing her new book, 'Little Glow', with us. This is a beautifully illustrated picture book about a diverse, multicultural community, and the different festivals of light it celebrates throughout the year, including Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Hannukah and Christmas.

The network meeting will be hosted by Warwickshire Schools Library Service (WSLS). All schools within our region and surrounding areas are welcome to attend (Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Walsall, Solihull, Oxfordshire, Birmingham, Staffordshire etc).

Please email us if you have any questions or if we can help in any way: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Please sign-up to attend the meeting by clicking HERE and filling out a short form and we will send you the meeting link.

Join our Network Meetings! Everyone is welcome....

Did you know that we run network meetings for our Primary and Secondary schools? 

This is a great opportunity for you to gain support and share ideas and knowledge. We will also share useful links and resources and we have had guest speakers at some of our meetings! We are currently running these virtually and they are open to everyone. We are aiming to have a hybrid model with a mixture of virtual and face to face meetings. The meetings are particularly useful for librarians or teaching staff with responsibility for reading and/or the library. These meetings are hosted by Warwickshire Schools Library Service (WSLS). ALL schools within our region and surrounding areas are very welcome to attend (including Birmingham, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Staffordshire etc).

Our next Secondary Network Meeting is Monday 28th February at 3.30pm! Email us for the link at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Our next Primary Network Meeting will be confirmed soon!

For more information or to register for one of the meetings, please email us at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

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Join us for our next Virtual Primary Network Meeting!

We know that this is a challenging time for schools and we would like to support you in any way that we can. Join us for our second Virtual Primary Network Meeting. This is a FREE virtual event for any school staff who are involved with running the library/promoting reading at their school. This may include librarians, teachers, support assistants and literacy co-ordinators.  book shelves

Monday 22nd March: 3.30-4.30pm

How can we support and engage families with reading at home?

We will be sharing tips, advice, ideas on supporting families with reading at home. We are delighted to have a Guest Speaker: Jan Lennon, Family Learning Programme Manager for Adults and Community Learning. We are really looking forward to hearing about all the great things they do.
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This is a great opportunity for you to gain support, network with others, ask questions and to find out what other schools are doing. We will also highlight any relevant CPD events, useful resources and local and national reading initiatives. This will be hosted by Warwickshire Schools Library Service and all schools within our Warwickshire region and surrounding areas are very welcome to attend (including Worcestershire, Solihull, Walsall, Oxfordshire and Birmingham).
  
To sign-up, please complete this short form and we will send you the meeting link.

If you would like more information or if you have any questions then please get in touch: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Join us for our next Virtual Primary Network Meeting on Thursday 27th May!

Please join us for this FREE virtual event for any school staff who are involved with running the library/promoting reading at your school (e.g. librarians/teachers/support assistants/literacy co-ordinators).

Thursday 27th May: 3.45pm-4.45pm

This is an opportunity for staff to network with others, ask questions and to find out what other schools are doing. We will also highlight relevant CPD events, useful resources and local and national reading initiatives.book shelves

The theme of the next meeting will be:

'Highlighting fantastic books and authors: fiction and factual.'

We will be highlighting some great books to help your pupils 'feel good' and also some of the best factual/information/non-fiction books available.

We are delighted to confirm that we will have a guest speaker: Award winning author Andy Seed! Andy is passionate about the important role that factual books can play in engaging children with reading for pleasure and learning.

This will be hosted by Warwickshire Schools Library Service and all schools within our region and surrounding areas are welcome to attend (Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Walsall, Solihull, Oxfordshire, Birmingham).

To sign-up, please complete this short form and we will send you the meeting link.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

If you would like more information or if you have any questions then please get in touch: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Virtual Primary Network Meeting: For teachers, support staff and librarians in Primary Schools

We know that this is a challenging time for schools and we would like to support you in any way that we can. Join us for our first Virtual Primary Network Meeting. This is a FREE virtual event for any school staff who are involved with running the library/promoting reading at their school. This may include librarians, teachers, support assistants and literacy co-ordinators.  book shelves

Monday 22nd February: 3.30-4.30pm

This is an opportunity for you to gain support, network with others, ask questions and to find out what other schools are doing. We will also highlight any relevant CPD events, useful resources and local and national reading initiatives. This will be hosted by Warwickshire Schools Library Service and all schools within our Warwickshire region and surrounding areas are welcome to attend (including Worcestershire, Solihull, Walsall, Oxfordshire and Birmingham).
  
To sign-up, please complete this short form and we will send you the meeting link.

If you would like more information or if you have any questions then please get in touch: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Virtual Secondary Network Meetings

We know that this is a challenging time for schools and we would like to support you in any way that we can. Join us for regular Virtual Secondary Network Meetings. teen leaning on book shelvesThis is a FREE virtual event for any Secondary School librarians/staff who are involved with running their school library. Our next meeting is:

Thursday 28th January : 3-4pm

This is an opportunity for you to gain support, network with others, ask questions and to find out what other schools are doing. We also highlight any relevant CPD events, useful resources and local and national reading initiatives. This is hosted by Warwickshire Schools Library Service and all schools within our Warwickshire region and surrounding areas are welcome to attend (including Worcestershire, Solihull, Walsall, Oxfordshire and Birmingham).
For more information, please contact schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Making the Best of Recovery in School Libraries - Free Webinar!

Warwickshire Schools Library Services hosted a free webinar on Monday 28th September 2020. We were delighted to welcome school library colleagues from Warwickshire and beyond. If you missed the session, please watch the recording below.

School libraries are important spaces, helping to support and sustain the reading and learning within your school community. Join us for a collaborative discussion to explore how school libraries are surviving and thriving through this period of uncertainty; better understanding how to adapt your school library provision and enabling safer operations day-to-day.

Leading the conversation on successes and challenges will be Stella Thebridge, manager of Warwickshire Schools Library Service, Ayub Khan, Head of Warwickshire Libraries and Thomas Bryans of IF_DO Architects, leaders of government-backed work to help libraries be as safe as possible in the Covid-19 period.  We are particularly pleased to have the insights of Thomas Bryans on this important topic. 

 

If you would like to get in touch for further information please email us:

schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Running Your Library with a Reading for Pleasure Focus

Reading for pleasure is incredibly important for the young people that we work with and this session is aimed at all who want to gain confidence in the day to day running of their school library linking with others in similar situations and getting it on track.

You can expect to learn about:

Classifying books using the Dewey Decimal System
Selecting and evaluating stock
Creating the right environment
Ensuring that your library is effectively used by staff and pupils
Promoting reading for pleasure 

Event Information:
Date: Monday 16th September
Venue:
Warwickshire Schools Library Service, Warwick, CV34 5LT

Costs:
WSLS Subscriber: £50.00
Non Subscriber: £75.00

Please use the following online booking form if you would like a place on this session
If you would like to get in touch to ask us about this event please email us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Young People, Mental Health and Reading: A Training Session with Nicola Morgan

We are really pleased to announce a fantastic training opportunity with Nicola Morgan!

Nicola is an internationally-acclaimed author and authority on pupil well being, how stress impacts performance, effects of screens, social media and reading for pleasure. She has spent more than 20 years studying the subjects she now writes and talks about and can make highly intelligent and perceptive connections between neuroscience, psychology, observation and the lived experience of the thousands of children, young adults, parents and professionals she has engaged with.  
“Nicola Morgan has that rare gift of being able to communicate science and make it fun.” Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge

You can find out more about Nicola at www.nicolamorgan.com

This will be a popular event so please book your place ASAP using our online form here

Event Information:
Date: Thursday 3rd October 2019
Venue:
Northgate House Conference Centre, Warwick, CV34 4JH

Outline of the session:
12.30-13.30: Arrival and buffet Lunch
13.30-15.00: The science of stress, for young people and the rest of us, including the contribution of screen time. Nicola will bring you the well-researched science, going behind media headlines to find out what we do and don’t know about stress in our modern world, offline and online. At the end of the session you will understand the problems and challenges and improve your insight into how things are for many people of all ages, with a special focus on young people in your care.
15:00 – 15:30: Break   
15.30-16.45: The important role of Reading for pleasure in well being and success. This session takes reading for pleasure as one strategy for well being and looks at the fascinating science and evidence for choosing (and funding) this as a powerful tool for success in schools. How can we support young people (and the rest of us!) to read more for pleasure and why should we? Do our reading choices matter? Fiction or non- Fiction? Simple or Complex? Digital or print?

Costs:
Book by Friday 26th July to benefit from our Early Bird rate:
WSLS Subscriber: £55.00
Non Subscriber: £65.00
After the 26th July tickets will cost the following:
WSLS Subscriber: £75.00
Non Subscriber: £85.00

*Please note that a cancellation fee will apply to all tickets. If you are unable to attend the session, 50% of the ticket fee will be charged up to four weeks before the event. After this point, tickets will then become non-refundable.

This will be a popular event so please book your place ASAP using our online form here

Please get in touch with us if you would like any further information: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk