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You Can’t Do It On Your Own: working in partnership


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A presentation for SLA annual conference 2009, Surrey University.

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You Can’t Do It On Your Own: working in partnership

  1. 1. You can’t do it on your own! Working with partners inside and outside your school Laura Taylor, City of London Academy
  2. 2. Fill in the missing letters <ul><li>??E, TWO, THREE, </li></ul><ul><li>FOUR, FIVE, SIX, </li></ul><ul><li>SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, </li></ul><ul><li>TEN, ????, ???EN, </li></ul><ul><li>?IN? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>ACE, TWO, THREE, </li></ul><ul><li>FOUR, FIVE, SIX, </li></ul><ul><li>SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, </li></ul><ul><li>TEN, JACK, QUEEN, </li></ul><ul><li>KING </li></ul>
  5. 9. Aims of this session <ul><li>To outline some of the ways in which I have collaborated with different groups and individuals </li></ul><ul><li>To share ways in which others have done so also. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide an opportunity for us all to think about how we might work with some of those we haven’t done so already. </li></ul><ul><li>To analyse what makes it work </li></ul>
  6. 11. <ul><li>“ Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together “ </li></ul><ul><li>Vesta Kelly </li></ul>
  7. 12. <ul><li>Think about all the people or organisations you have links with as a school librarian. </li></ul>
  8. 14. Six degrees of separation
  9. 15. Just as a public library should be the hub of a local community a school library should be the hub of the school community………. in its widest sense.
  10. 16. It makes you more effective It adds value It makes things easier It makes you indispensible It makes things fun! Why collaborate?
  11. 17. Departments in School
  12. 18. <ul><li>&quot;Where subject leaders collaborate with the librarian, sharing information about curriculum needs, students can be offered exciting learning experiences.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>At the heart of learning: the role of the library in the specialist school © Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, 2008 </li></ul>
  13. 19. Teaching Staff <ul><li>“ Joint planning and partnerships between school librarians and teaching staff are essential to ensuring an integrated approach in promoting teaching and learning across the school. </li></ul><ul><li>  There is much recent research on the powerful impact that properly staffed, resourced and used school libraries have on pupil achievement.” </li></ul><ul><li>Initial Investigation into the Continuing Professional Development ICT needs of School Librarians, Report for ICT Schools Division, DfES, July 2005 </li></ul>
  14. 20. Key staff <ul><li>Transition co-ordinator – Spelling Bee; </li></ul><ul><li>new KS3 Learning to Learn curriculum; storytelling day with local primaries </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy co-ordinator- Staff/6 th form Book Group; Literacy across the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Careers co-ordinator </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning co-ordinator- VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Network manager </li></ul><ul><li>Senco - reading buddies; trips to local bookshop; pupil library assistants; Greenaway </li></ul><ul><li>G& T co-ordinator </li></ul>
  15. 21. Depts. I have worked with <ul><li>RS – Places of worship </li></ul><ul><li>PE- PRLS scheme </li></ul><ul><li>English – Spelling Bee/Background to novels </li></ul><ul><li>Maths- </li></ul><ul><li>History – historical novels; Famous people </li></ul><ul><li>Science – Space ( Year 7), KS4 coursework </li></ul><ul><li>Art- Greenaway, Japan Day, logo design </li></ul><ul><li>Food Tech- Food around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Geography- Volcanoes </li></ul>
  16. 22. Bookweeks <ul><li>Booksales </li></ul><ul><li>Authors, poets, storytellers, cartoonists </li></ul><ul><li>Competitions </li></ul><ul><li>High profile event across the school </li></ul><ul><li>Big Read </li></ul>
  17. 23. 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>Debating Society </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre trips </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling Bee </li></ul><ul><li>Warhammer </li></ul><ul><li>Chess </li></ul>
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  19. 25. Feeder Primary Schools <ul><li>Reading buddies </li></ul><ul><li>Greenaway </li></ul><ul><li>Bookweek events – storytelling sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Drama workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Advice and support on their own school library </li></ul><ul><li>Mini - SLS? </li></ul><ul><li>Joint book groups </li></ul><ul><li>Transition events </li></ul>
  20. 26. Other secondary schools <ul><li>SELF group </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing stock </li></ul><ul><li>Shared initiatives and events </li></ul><ul><li>Support and ideas </li></ul>
  21. 27. Public Libraries <ul><li>Summer Reading Scheme –Quest seekers and Teen Quest </li></ul><ul><li>Events – invites/tickets </li></ul><ul><li>Student panels </li></ul><ul><li>Young Cultural Creators </li></ul><ul><li>TRGs </li></ul><ul><li>Staff /6 th form reading group </li></ul><ul><li>Storyteller </li></ul><ul><li>National Year of Reading co-ordinator? </li></ul>
  22. 28. LEA <ul><li>Advisors? </li></ul><ul><li>NYR co-ordinators? </li></ul><ul><li>Governors – link governor </li></ul><ul><li>Training for our Reading Buddies </li></ul><ul><li>SLS </li></ul>
  23. 30. Why? <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>
  24. 31. The Books!!
  25. 33. Evaluation of first year <ul><li>Enthusiastic staff and students- a partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Over 200 students involved in 9 schools in pilot year- up to 1,000 in 19 schools this year </li></ul><ul><li>Over 600 books read </li></ul><ul><li>Over 200 pupils used the blog </li></ul><ul><li>145 thought the blog was a good idea </li></ul><ul><li>86 changed their attitude to reading for the better! </li></ul><ul><li>A third of our Year 7 intake took part in 2007 </li></ul>
  26. 35. <ul><li>Teachers’ comments </li></ul><ul><li>“ I thought it was perfect! What a fantastic way to end year 6” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pupils’ reading speed increased with the children trying to outdoing each other” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It opened my eyes to the benefits of online blogging and the blog motivated them to read more” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I got to read some interesting books and got to know the librarian and teachers at Bacons. We are really interested in doing some teacher exchange visits for next year” </li></ul>
  27. 36. <ul><li>“ It was great to meet the primary teachers and discuss the children’s reading. They wanted to know about our Year 7 curriculum and I learnt a lot about Year 6 teaching.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It was wonderful. All the children were motivated to read more. We would like to explore video conferencing for next year.” </li></ul>
  28. 37. We would like to develop … <ul><li>teacher exchanges so that year 6 and 7 teachers share their curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>video conferencing so that more schools can be involved and more contact can be made between teachers and pupils </li></ul><ul><li>the role of the year 7 pupils in presenting the shortlist to the primary schools through presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Cross- curricular links with Art and Drama depts. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  29. 38. Local colleges and Universities <ul><li>Make contact. </li></ul><ul><li>Visits by you, HOFs, students </li></ul><ul><li>Loans </li></ul><ul><li>Reference access for students </li></ul>
  30. 39. Local Businesses? <ul><li>Sponsorship </li></ul><ul><li>Reading support </li></ul><ul><li>Football clubs </li></ul>
  31. 40. Parents <ul><li>Family Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Library helpers </li></ul><ul><li>Bookweek events </li></ul><ul><li>Fund raising for library - PFTA </li></ul>
  32. 41. IDEAS? Discuss ways in which you have collaborated with others. What made it work? What were the issues/problems?
  33. 42. What about you? <ul><li>Can we share some of the ways in which we have worked with others ? </li></ul><ul><li>Lewisham Kids Lit Quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Careers/Connexions service </li></ul><ul><li>Parents? Helping in the library? Reading Group? Warhammer? Chess? Reading support </li></ul><ul><li>Governors </li></ul><ul><li>LSAs </li></ul><ul><li>Students- Student Voice </li></ul>
  34. 43. <ul><li>Make links and forge connections </li></ul><ul><li>Exploit all opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Offer to help </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved </li></ul><ul><li>Find your allies </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian as a catalyst </li></ul>
  35. 44. “ No-one wants advice, only collaboration” John Steinbeck
  36. 45. “ Those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed” Charles Darwin
  37. 46. “ Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean” Ryunosuke Saturo
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