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Institute of education


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Institute of education

  1. 1. Laura Taylor Librarian City of London Academy Academies Lead Practitioner for Libraries Good School Libraries : Promoting Literacy, Inspiring Reading
  2. 2. Key Roles of the School Library <ul><li>Supporting teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Providing accommodation, resources, support, expertise and knowledge in support of the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Developing independent learners </li></ul><ul><li>Developing information literacy skills </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting reading for pleasure </li></ul>
  3. 3. Good school libraries: making a difference to learning (Ofsted, March 2006) <ul><li>In the most effective schools : </li></ul><ul><li>well trained specialist librarians had a positive impact on teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>librarians were regarded as key middle managers and encouraged to work closely with other members of staff. </li></ul><ul><li>pupil librarians were also seen as an essential part of the best library teams. </li></ul><ul><li>librarians used a wide range of effective strategies to promote reading , planned lessons alongside subject teachers and used different ways to evaluate the impact of the library on pupils’ learning. </li></ul><ul><li>libraries were well funded </li></ul>
  4. 4. Good school libraries: making a difference to learning (Ofsted, March 2006) <ul><li>Weaknesses identified: </li></ul><ul><li>funding for libraries varied significantly </li></ul><ul><li>use by pupils once they entered key stage 4 declined </li></ul><ul><li>too few opportunities for pupils to carry out research or work independently - many pupils struggled to locate and make use of information. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Good school libraries: making a difference to learning (Ofsted, March 2006) <ul><li>The most significant element in bringing about improvements in school libraries was: </li></ul><ul><li>the commitment and support of effective headteachers </li></ul><ul><li>(The most effective headteachers had a vision for the library’s key role in raising standards of literacy and making a difference to learning) </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ The school library is ideally placed to bring reading for pleasure to life” Paul Kropp “The Reading Solution” 1995 Strategies at City of London Academy: Creating a Reading Culture
  7. 7. Creating a Reading Culture <ul><li>PIRLS - Reading all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>“ Children who read most frequently for fun were also those with the highest score on PIRLS” </li></ul><ul><li>PISA 2000 - Reading for change </li></ul><ul><li>“ Being more enthusiastic about reading and a frequent reader was more of an advantage, on its own, than having well-educated parents in good jobs.” </li></ul><ul><li>Research shows that reading for enjoyment is “more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status” </li></ul><ul><li>(OECD, 2002) </li></ul>Progression in International Reading and Literacy Programme for International Student Assessment Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  8. 8. What do we do here? <ul><li>Fortnightly timetabled library based English lessons for Year 7 and 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Southwark Book Award- Year 6/7 transition project </li></ul><ul><li>Bookweeks and Big Reads </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Buddies Year 7/12 </li></ul><ul><li>Carnegie Book Group- G and T- Year 8-11 </li></ul><ul><li>Manga and creative writing groups </li></ul><ul><li>Staff/6 th form Book Group </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated Reading- Star Reader Year 7/8 </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Champions </li></ul><ul><li>PLRS – Premier League Reading Stars </li></ul><ul><li>Exploiting our VLE – forums, blogs, votes etc </li></ul>
  9. 15. Southwark Book Award <ul><li>Lack of information about Year 6 reading experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of students’ academic regression by end of Year 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Build relationships between key partners </li></ul><ul><li>Empower students </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage reading for pleasure </li></ul>
  10. 16. The success of the project <ul><li>The enthusiasm of librarians, teachers and pupils </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 1,000 pupils involved </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 1,000 reviews posted on the website </li></ul><ul><li>Over a third of our Year 7 intake involved </li></ul><ul><li>http:// = opaOmrEoWFM </li></ul>
  11. 17. Bookweeks <ul><li>Sell books </li></ul><ul><li>Authors, poets, storytellers </li></ul><ul><li>Competitions </li></ul><ul><li>High profile event across the school </li></ul><ul><li>Big Read </li></ul>
  12. 19. Other national events <ul><li>Roald Dahl Day </li></ul><ul><li>National Poetry Day </li></ul><ul><li>Black History Month </li></ul><ul><li>Swap a Book Day </li></ul><ul><li>World Book Day </li></ul>
  13. 21. Reading Clubs/Groups <ul><li>Joint staff and 6 th Form group </li></ul><ul><li>Carnegie </li></ul><ul><li>Manga </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Buddies </li></ul>
  14. 22. Reading Buddies
  15. 24. Accelerated Reader
  16. 25. May 2008 Students in 7B have passed over 100 quizzes. Well done!
  17. 26. May 2008 Wow! Students in 7B have earned 655 points!
  18. 27. Year 8 PLRS Update!
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  20. 29. <ul><li>“ No single place at school is more important in developing reading than the school library” (Paul Kropp, The Reading Solution) </li></ul><ul><li>“ My vision of learning for children and young people in the future, has the library, in all its forms, at its heart.” Professor Tim Brighouse </li></ul><ul><li>The way to get children reading is to leave the library door open and let them read anything and everything they want. ‘Terry Pratchett’ </li></ul>
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