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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
  38. 47. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>

Editor's Notes

  • This was going to be a straight seminar – I thought it was a one hour session but noticed when planning it was an hour and a half so I will outline some of the things I have done and then hopefully we can share things that have worked for us and partnerships we have been able to develop to good use.
  • Perceptions – assumptions. I assumed it was a 1 hour talk and you assumed it was a seminar but have slightly modified things! Hope that is ok. I am ot an expert – just want to share some strategies I have adopted
  • Assumptions about this session!
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  • We are just off Old Kent Road in South East London – you may know it from the Monopoly board – brown square!!!
  • So I came in 2005. This is my 4 th year No Library until then No tradition of reading for pleasure. Had to work with whom I could Had no E-learning co-ordinator. No Careers co-ordinator. No Literacy co-ordinator. No Transition co-ordinator. All of these posts were created in this last year! Rivals? I could have applied for all these posts – I know many of you may well hold responsibility for some of these areas in addition to your Library role. Time? Money? Whether it is your responsibility or not these are all areas that involve us .
  • Internal and external. Brainstorm with the person next to you
  • This was what I came up with in the 10 minutes it took to do this. There are probably lots more Example Professional networks – SLA, SLG, SLN, SLN Ning, SELF, local groups of librarians. We all know how isolated we can become so essential to network for support, and ideas. All these people should be talking to each other. As a librarian you are the hub and can often put people in touch with each other e.g Sharon Whyatt Link governor - Literacy
  • Some info about six degrees of separation theory We are all part of lots of networks – social networking, Facebook, twitter, ning, sln, SLA etc email groups. Think about your school networks . Library should be the hub of the school and you at the hub of all these networks/ Think about them and exploit them It may be a shared interest in something outside school – you may have given them a lift . Make connections .
  • who should we connect with and how So
  • Share the load! Improves what you do
  • Obviously this is the crux of what we do. A natural link with English dept. I have fortnih= HOF meetings Dept meetings Schemes of work New curriculum Functional skills Learning to Learn EPQ/IB Science coursework Year 7, 10, 12 Inductions Projects and research English – Fortnightly library based lessons Maths – Kjartan Poskitt: average words to a page; Science – planets, coursework RS – Places of worship, Slaverade – research; Foof Tech – range of year groups and depts. WW1 Battlefield trip – seize opportunities But I am more interested in joint planning.
  • Often they also want support. They have taken on this role – you can be their ally. Benefit each other. Joint planning. They may have money! Carnegie. Writing group. Trips andvisits
  • Involving all staff. Happens in lesson time not just at lunchtime!!! Staff having photos taken reading Staff as children Whole Year groups- Maths – Kjartan Poskitt They help with events. Wearing badges Art Dept – Robert Crowther – pop up book making; Greenaway shadowing; designing book covers: National Doodle Day. Artefact loans ; cartoon workshops.
  • Joint 6 th form and Staff book group. Meet twice a term in library after school. Run by librarian and English teacher but attended by a wide cross-section of staff Mixture of the classics and some popular modern literature. Books supplied by public libraries. Are for discussion on our VLE Carnegie – funding and details of students from G and T co-ordinator Manga –public libraries. Visited an event at local library. Got recommendations rom staff there. Parent – runs chess club – I have budget Member of office staff runs Warhammer – I ordered White Dwarf and some of the warhammer books. He runs it in library Debating Society – English teacher – website links on Fronter. Use library to do research and hold debates. Help with training. Go to external debates. Drama dept – Looking for JJ – copies of book and playscript.
  • E learning. Feeding in info to colleagues. Suggestions for how they can use it
  • Norwood initiatives Torchlight Group Postcard project Tudor mornings Library skills Taster Days Bookweek – invite them up to a storytelling sessions Lambeth – no SLS . Funding from EAZ to set up project loan service to 6 feeder primaries Visited all the main 6 feeder primaries – find out about their libraries. Offered advice and support as an SLS Library advisor. Their library helpers came to visit and I took our library helpers down there to share ideas. Greenaway – copies of books for our Year 6 less able readers and their Year 3s. Visit.
  • Termly meetings. Fronter group perhaps? Borrow copies of books fro each other when we have an event Joint training – Lambeth – Geoff Dubber, Phil Bradley. Kathy Lemaire. Lewisham Schools Book Quiz Southwark Book Award
  • Works both ways. We invite local public library staff to our meetings – both our planning for Southwark Book Award and to our local School librarians meetings. In previous posts I was invited to attend selection meetings with public library staff Make Links. Forge connections. We can be got hold of! Often they have no contact name in the school and if they phone teachers are teaching, So we are a good point of contact Loaned us books for the 6 th form Book Group Storyteller helped us launch it They invite classes to come to events – send us tickets. Surveys, Involve our students in ideas for new library at Canada Water YCC- link between museums, public libs and schools- archive of the Children’s Society- creative writing – authors. Extra books Summer reading – I promote it in our Year 6 transition info – get leaflets to promote it. Certificates awarded to Year 7s in school. NYR co-ordinator? Who was it in your authroity? Was there joined up working ? Events?
  • A culmination of the links developed with these last 4 – public libraries, primaries, secondaries and the lea resulted in the establishment of the Southwark Book Award In fact it was the the result of networking – coming to a Geoff Dubber talk at SLA about transition and lnks with primaries and reading an article by Lyn Hopson in Doncaster about their book award. Funding and support
  • This is the one main project that probably links all these agencies:- public libraries (Chatterbooks groups, copies in the local library) Secondaries, primaries and lea ( funding) How it came about First time primary teachers had been into the school First time some of the English teachers had met with their primary school counterparts First time public library staff had really made contact with English depts and librarians Joint initiative. You may be going to Lyn Hopson’s session 3 years. 1,000reviews, 1000kids, Our project different – Year 6/7 and copies of the books! 25 schools. £5,000 to buy books. £15000 for drama workshops and final events Voicethread Online Games – and Resources – schemes of work; ideas: bookmarks, posters, presentations, wordsearches, playscript; Who wants to be a millionaire quiz: Booktrailers
  • Why ? Old transition units not used. Portfolios not forthcoming No contact between primaries and secondaries. No Head of Transition. Head of Year 7 was not a teacher – so no background in pedagogy. Not involved in the curriculum . Secondary staff had not visited primaries or vice versa! Book Awards – kids vote does not count. Too high level and not of appeal to Year 6/7. Kids visit old primary – after SATS – talk about being at secondary school Key partners – Year 6 teachers, English teachers, Literacy co-ordinators, English advisor, public libraries school librarians, publishers, authors, book suppliers , Head of ICT and IT techies, web designer, dram consultant, storyteller.
  • Last year’s books
  • This is my challenge. Would be interested in knowing how others have worked with Parents
  • 15 minutes – initiatives/projects – bth with internal and external partners. Then we will share at the end.
  • Parents? That is my biggest challenge.
  • Go to meetings! Invite yourself to meetings Call meetings! Social event – get people into the library – cup of tea and cake NQTs – Inset – get in on that. They may be the people you will be able to work with in future. They will want support and you can offer it Ask to attend Dept meetings if you have something you want to run by staff and get their ideas/feedback. Email staff to arrange a good time to meet with them even if only for 10 minutes to discuss something. If you find something you would like to do – competiiton, spelling bee – email the link to colleagues . Book trailers– ICT project? Premier League Reading Stars – PRLS – PE teachers, link person for Literacy in each dept?
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