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  • 1. Rite of Passage Geoff Dubber. Education, Libraries & Learning [email_address] uk Library Transition & Induction P6/7 –S1 (Y6/7) I&TSLA508Glasgow
  • 2. thoughts 1.Thinking back - what sort of induction did you receive in your present job ? 3 2. Everyone has the right to a welcoming, organised and effective induction. 3 Consider not only the social transition but the curriculum continuity
  • 3. What do you do ? News and Views … Talk to each other about your Induction programmes and policies…….
  • 4. The Challenge of Change for them !
    • Size/layout of school
    • Class mates & bullying
    • Teachers
    • Curric. subjects
    • Classrooms/corridors
    • Loos
    • Uniform
    • Moving between lessons
    • Regular homework
    • Science.ICT/Tech. Facilities
    • PE facilities
    • Lunch arrangements
    • Travel home
    • Low status
    • LRC
  • 5. Is this an effective welcome & induction - what do you think ? Suggested reading We start them altogether and see who struggles
  • 6. 5 Key Issues/Questions
    • What do you mean by Induction ?
    • What library and curriculum links can you make with the primary schools ?
    • What can you usefully find out about your new customers previous library & literacy experiences & levels ?
    • What part can you play in your partner
    • school liaison programme ?
    • What forms can LRC induction take ?
  • 7. The Secondary National Strategy An evaluation of the fifth year Dec. 2005 HMI 2612
    • Transition (continuity of learning) remains
    • unsatisfactory in nearly a quarter of schools
    • Where transition is best secondary schools use teacher
    • exchanges, locally planned bridging units & build on pupils’
    • primary school reading records.
    • Good transition relies on the prompt, accurate and
    • and complete transfer of data from primary schools
  • 8. Close working between teachers is the key to pupils’ successful transition in Scotland… 3 initiatives which targeted the dip in performance between primary and secondary have delivered some marked improvements TES Scotland 26 Jan. 2007 The Scottish Government Publications website A Partnership for a Better Scotland commits to increasing the number of teachers in Scotland working across the boundary between primary & secondary schools & reducing S1 & S2 English (& Maths) classes to 20
  • 9. An excellent study Published Aug 2005 4 London boroughs…
    • Key aspects
    • Administrative
    • Social & Personal
    • Curriculum
    • Pedagogy
    • Managing learning
  • 10. Admin - Transfer to pupil records Social & Personal – familiarity with layout and atmosphere Curriculum – the continuity Pedagogy – continuity in teaching and classroom library practice Autonomy and managing learning – pupils seen as active in the transition process and in their own learning Any relevance to the LRC and the librarian ?
  • 11. Induction is…..
    • A good clear Introduction to –
    • (Them !) a big new impressive library
    • All the exciting resources just waiting to be used
    a welcome, an introduction, a motivation !
    • The cheerful, positive, relaxed YOU
    • (& all your helpers)
    • The very basic procedures needed to
    • start them using the LRC
  • 12. Effective Induction really is a two way process… Induction What information do students need to interest them and give them confidence ? What information would be useful to you to help you to target services to these new customers ?
  • 13. First thoughts…… Focus on the resources rather than the systems in the first instance ! They will soon learn systems as they use your exciting resources
  • 14. Get the LRC involved in curriculum context and continuity with the P7/Y6 – S1/Y7 changeover..
    • Essential for the students
    • Essential to show/develop LRC
    • curriculum awareness and credibility
     Data transfer and sharing ??
  • 15. LRC curriculum continuity Making links for general library use Making links for information literacy Making links for reader development
  • 16. The Scottish Curriculum for Excellence materials come on stream August 2008.. Literacy & English are the priorities to study & consider – what can the LRC contribute ?
  • 17. Primary National Strategy Literacy Literacy learning objectives 12 of them…………… Mention of use of the library ????? ILS embedded !
  • 18. Links with your primary partner schools… What benefits ? Them/you ? What costs ? Them/you ? Strategies
  • 19. Need to know
    • Partner school attitude/support
    • Your school attitude/support
    • Moving forward..
    • Join existing curriculum links ?
    • Create an LRC focused link ? -
    • visits, emails, website use/blogs etc.
  • 20. DfES KS2 – KS3 transfer ideas.. A condensed Key Stage 3:Improving KS2 to KS3 transfer Improving Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 transfer Ref. 0003-2006DOC-EN 3. Enhanced transfer – some suggestions…p5 –8
    • Meet with primary schools to agree additional data
    • Visit partner schools
    • Meet with Y6 teachers to analyse test scripts
    • Use visits during the summer term to identify suitable Y7
    • curriculum targets
    • Interview each pupil at their primary school
    • Gather info about gifted and talented
    • Establish an effective pupil tracking system
    • Identify particular pupils (L3 ?) who would benefit from an
    • intervention prog. (or G & T programme ? )
    • Arrange visits to the new school and experience some
    • teaching
    • Exchange teachers KS2 & KS3
  • 21.
    • More ideas from the KS2/3 transition project pages 4 – 8
    • Feedback provided to primary schools on progress
    • Non-teaching staff fully involved
    • Quality information provided to parents
    • Parent and pupil guides for new entrants
    • Joint social events for Y6 / Y7 students
    • Pupil peer mentoring
    • Data effectively used across the school
    • Setting of attainment targets
    • Cross-phase teaching
    • Joint projects and cross-phase activities
    • Catch up progs in Y7, especially for literacy
    • Common language for discussing learning
    • Joint training of staff
    • Pupils develop a learning portfolio – Y6 – Y7
  • 22. See: Strengthening transfers and transitions Partnerships for progress DCSF April 2008 Ref. 00083-2008PDF-EN-01 “ A pupil’s best chance of continuing or accelerating their progress after transfer comes through collaboration between their primary and middle/secondary schools”
  • 23. The P6..Y5/P7…Y6 p-s liaison programme
    • Links with the primary school
    • Information for new parents
    • Summer Term induction
    • New Parents’ Evening
    • IMPACT & PR !
  • 24. Nothing beats getting in the car, going down the road to your partner schools and actually having a look around and a chat with the head, teachers, library coordinator and children about their library, reading and information literacy. Staying to join in or run a session doubles the value of the visit and should give you a real insight into their policies, practices, attitudes and knowledge.
  • 25. One school… Ys5 & 6s.. Term 1 – Introduction – books, reading, libraries Term 2 – Stories Term 3 - IL skills – finding information & Dewey Term 4 - Visit to Academy library Term 5 - Greenaway Awards
  • 26. Ideas for making links…… See doc ref. INDUCT 4 See also Checklist for visiting Partner primary school Doc ref. INDUCT46
  • 27. Literacy Transition English schools
    • What do you know about any “bridging
    • units” being designed/used in your school and local primary schools ?
    There are lots about
  • 28. The LRC profile Finding out about them ! See Handout T8AA
  • 29. A Primary Poster Either to support the questionnaire or as an alternative (Better as pairs work or even in 3s ?) Design a poster telling the class anything you like about your own reading and your primary school library and the ways that you used it
  • 30. Extended schools. Remember the potential of links with the primary schools Homework clubs Reading club – an author event ? ICT club with LRC as venue and using your expertise
  • 31. Links to the new parents Information for the new parents’ Brochure
  • 32. It’s prospective or new Parents Evening !
    • What image do you hope to give ?
    • What range of resources will you display ?
    • What are the main messages ?
    • Will you give any handouts ?
  • 33. Summer Term Induction Day
    • How long have you got ?
    • How many will visit ?
    • What will you do with them ?
    • Quizzes/competitions
    • Trails and locator maps
    • Browsing LRC –ICT
    • Q & A sessions
    • Hearing a story
    • Completing a profile
  • 34. Wear a big badge ! I am …………………… I run the LRC ! I am the boss ! 
  • 35. Autumn Term Induction Time Wise ! One complete. Longer than normal session “off timetable” Group A – all the advantages Group B – all the challenges Several sessions within existing timetable Group C – all the advantages Group D – all the challenges
  • 36. Autumn Term Induction ~ a short & clear introduction
    • Early in the academic year
    • Led by YOU
    • Classes come with teacher/tutor/TAs etc.
    • Some information, a few activities & something to take away
    • They learn about the LRC ethos & style
    • You learn about them – your next
    • generation of customers !
  • 37. What shall I do with them ???????? (depends on how long you got ‘em!) You’ll be doing great things already but might find something in doc ref. INDUCT 11
  • 38. How about ? Putting some of your induction materials on your VLE or website pages – so users can dip into them as needed ? See Brooke Weston CTC library pages
  • 39. LRC take aways !
    • A book
    • A book mark with
    • LRC info on it
    • A stick-on LRC badge
    • A certificate
    • An information leaflet
    • A very positive impression of
    • LRC staff – your potential to help & find answers
    • LRC resources
    • LRC practices & systems
  • 40. Finishing induction ~ Positive feedback.. Lots of interest and praise & a certificate when they’ve finished See doc ref INDUCT12
  • 41. Do have a look at the Induction cycle (doc ref Induct 10) & make a note of some dates in your diary…
  • 42. Checklist of things to consider when planning new intake student induction… See doc INDUCT40
  • 43. Good luck and keep going – you’re doing a brilliant job ! A big thank you to everyone & do keep in touch