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Great School Libraries! Powering learning, teaching and literacy

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Presentation to the 10th annual Festival of Education on the value of #GreatSchoolLibraries

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Great School Libraries! Powering learning, teaching and literacy

  1. 1. Great School Libraries! Powering teaching, learning and literacy Festival of Education Nick Poole, CEO, CILIP 21 June 2019
  2. 2. I’m here to get you excited about great school libraries (and librarians) and the difference they can make to your school, your students and you. Source: Wollaston School © 2019 https://www.wollastonschool.com/about/school-ethos/
  3. 3. But first, some myth busting…
  4. 4. “Nobody uses libraries anymore….”  Across the UK, libraries support more than 220m in-person visits and 90m online each year  Libraries serve roughly the same number of people every working day as the NHS  Fastest-growing user group for libraries is young people aged 15-24  Libraries have a more diverse audience than any other cultural service
  5. 5. “It’s all online nowadays….”  It isn’t (<14% of books and <8% of journals)  Students need high-quality spaces to learn as well as access to physical resources and information – different formats suit different uses  A great school librarian builds digital skills including expert searching, staying safe online, media and information literacy
  6. 6. “We can’t afford it….”  Times are challenging, but there are lots of options for cash-strapped schools to access the support of a professional librarian  A great school librarian will more than repay the investment the school makes in their role, creating new opportunities, improving outcomes, improving ‘value-added’ for students, supporting teachers and better parent relations
  7. 7. Great school libraries and librarians deliver… Support for learners and learning Support for teachers and teaching Support for the whole school
  8. 8. Support for learners and learning Support for teachers and teaching Support for the whole school
  9. 9. Developing independent learners Lucy Atherton, Wellington College Librarian, has developed a programme designed to support students in becoming independent learners. Yr9 students are taught ICT and information skills and supported to deliver 3 self-directed mini-projects. They are encouraged to take risks, fail and learn. Y10 students are supported with the HPQ and all A-Level students do the EPQ. The large cohort of IB students to the academically-rigorous Extended Essay.
  10. 10. Helping the transition from P2 to S1… Copyright © Renfrew High School 2019
  11. 11. Developing a reading culture The Lauriston Library at the Mary Irskine School, Edinburgh where the librarian collaborated with teaching staff to “make reading a whole school concern”
  12. 12. “Libraries matter because they are powerhouses of information in a tangible form which act as the intellectual hub of any school. They provide a distinct location at the heart of school life for research, study or reading for enjoyment, and as a venue for visiting authors or school debates. They help to promote a culture of inquiry and learning quintessential to a meaningful education.” Mr Gray, Principal, Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools
  13. 13. School librarians can… Identify struggling readers & provide skill-appropriate reading material for them Teach students how to choose books they like Support students with special needs Promote access to books and the positive benefits thereof Make books and reading socially-acceptable Read to students beyond early years Facilitate meaningful reading time
  14. 14. Emma Suffield, Librarian, St Wilfrid’s C of E Academy, Blackburn: Works with teachers to support the development of media and information literacy skills Provides library lessons on information literacy, fake news, academic honesty and plagiarism Provides 1-2-1 help for students to support the development of media and information literacy skills Delivered a 450% increase in book borrowing across the school
  15. 15. Preston Lodge Learning Foundation Library where all students participate in regular information skills and career Library Lessons Careers advice and skills
  16. 16. Developing Digital skills Lucas Maxwell, Librarian, Glenthorne High School, London Borough of Sutton: Evangelises the role of technology in education Ensures access to equipment, PC’s and technology in the library Organises virtual author and careers sessions via twitter and Skype Supports digital activities, coding and making
  17. 17. Promoting health and wellbeing Mairead Duggan, Librarian, Mount Carmel Secondary School, Belfast Leads sessions on mindfulness, relaxation and yoga to help her students gain the resilience and self-esteem they need to fulfil their potential
  18. 18. Support for learners and learning Support for teachers and teaching Support for the whole school
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  21. 21. Supporting curriculum-based teaching Copyright © Alison Kennedy. All Rights Reserved 2019 Alison Kennedy, Head Librarian at St George’s College Ascot: Provides regular subject updates to teaching staff across the school Is the school’s Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Coordinator Teaches sessions on fake news, academic honesty and plagiarism Runs a Murder Mystery that can only be solved by developing research skills!
  22. 22. Supporting induction & CPD of new staff Librarian of the Year Nominee Helen Cleaves, Librarian at Kingston Grammar School, welcomes new teaching staff with a croissant & an intro to the library!
  23. 23. Support for learners and learning Support for teachers and teaching Support for the whole school
  24. 24. Chantal Kelleher, Librarian, Herne Bay High School: Has established her library as a true hub at the heart of the school Runs Scrabble, Chess, Games, Homework and other clubs as well as lunchtime craft activities connected to curriculum-based activities Leads reading groups, runs an active programme of author visits and lectures
  25. 25. Inspiring learning spaces…Whole school ethos…
  26. 26. Inspiring learning spaces… School Library, Oakham School © Oakham School 2019
  27. 27. World Book Day… School Library, Pershore School © Pershore School 2019
  28. 28. Special spaces… Southbrook School (a special school in Exeter) has a library on a converted double-decker bus run by librarian Sophie Chalmers
  29. 29. Full-time professional librarian A great school Impact of School Libraries on Learning, SLIC https://scottishlibraries.org/media/1211/impact-of-school-libraries-on-learning-2013.pdf
  30. 30. Full-time professional librarian A great school Senior Management support Financial support Staffing support Impact of School Libraries on Learning, SLIC https://scottishlibraries.org/media/1211/impact-of-school-libraries-on-learning-2013.pdf
  31. 31. Full-time professional librarian A great school Senior Management support Financial support Staffing support Library collection & access Providing large, high-quality, multi-format reading and information collection in library, in classroom & beyond school day Networked technology Providing computers with internet & remote access to library catalogue and digital resources Instruction by librarian Developing critical independent information users, (safe) digital ninjas and enthusiastic readers Librarian/teacher collab Planning, developing and evaluating instruction with teachers. Contributing to whole school priorities. Liaising with external colleagues and agencies. Supporting teacher professional development Impact of School Libraries on Learning, SLIC https://scottishlibraries.org/media/1211/impact-of-school-libraries-on-learning-2013.pdf
  32. 32. Full-time professional librarian A great school Senior Management support Financial support Staffing support Library collection & access Providing large, high-quality, multi-format reading and information collection in library, in classroom & beyond school day Networked technology Providing computers with internet & remote access to library catalogue and digital resources Instruction by librarian Developing critical independent information users, (safe) digital ninjas and enthusiastic readers Librarian/teacher collab Planning, developing and evaluating instruction with teachers. Contributing to whole school priorities. Liaising with external colleagues and agencies. Supporting teacher professional development Higher scores in standardised tests in reading, writing, maths, history and science Greater media and information literacy skills Positive emotional responses from students Greater student engagement Lower attainment gap Improved overall achievement and results Improved wellbeing for staff and students Impact of School Libraries on Learning, SLIC https://scottishlibraries.org/media/1211/impact-of-school-libraries-on-learning-2013.pdf
  33. 33. What you can do…. If you have a school librarian, go and talk to them! Think of a collaborative project you could do with the library Encourage your colleagues to do the same If you don’t have a school librarian, think about making the case to get one! If you can’t afford it, consider approaching your Schools Library Service Go to http://greatschoollibraries.edublogs.org to find out more

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