The BBC is offering a paid position on the BBC News Journalism Trainee Scheme for winners of these student journalist awards. There are different categories, depending on strengths, so if your students are interested in accurate, impartial, trustworthiness news as a career, they have until 31st August to submit their work here
Each year the Childnet Film Competition invites schools and youth organisations from across the UK to capture their internet safety messages in a short film. The two winning films and four finalists are decided by a panel of industry experts and their films used to educate other young people about online safety and inspire others to use the internet positively and safely.
A new children’s book illustrations prize to keep an eye out for.
This prize, administered by the Society of Authors and generously funded by Nicholas Allan, author of The Queen's Knickers, is awarded to an outstanding children's original illustrated book for ages 0-7.
It will recognise books that strike a quirky, new note and grab the attention of a child, whether this be in the form of curiosity, amusement, horror or excitement.
Entry to the 2019 Queen's Knickers Award is now open and closes 15 November.
For those pupils still in school, why not use the last days of term to focus on Space with STEM activities?
On July 16, 1969, three astronauts lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a journey to the Moon. Four days later Armstrong and Aldrin landed Apollo 11’s lunar module, Eagle, on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility, becoming the first humans to set foot on the lunar surface.
NASA will celebrate the 50th anniversary and look to the future of space exploration. Details here.
Discovery Diaries are also offering resources here.
If the success of the women’s football teams have inspired your students, here is an opportunity to present more positive female role models.
The Female Lead is an educational charity with a mission to shine a spotlight on the women who shape our world. Currently, only 7% of world leaders are women but studies show that positive role models can truly affect the futures of young women.
This September The Female Lead Society is being launched which provides resources to run weekly meetings about ambition, careers, confidence and role models. Students will discuss the stories of inspiring women whilst also exploring the larger issues to which these stories relate - gender equality, gender stereotypes and lots more.
There will be opportunities for students to connect with inspiring role models, attend exclusive events and become part of a strong community who are inspired to find success and fulfilment in their own lives.
If you would like to get involved simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to say you are interested.
This month I take a look back at some of the highlights from the SLA/YLG Weekend Course. It was only a few weeks ago, but lots has been happening in the meantime – I’ll give you some of those highlights at the end. Before I start on that, some of you may be aware that we have moved to a new finance system. This has caused a slight delay in some of the invoices reaching you, but things should be flowing again. If you need your invoice urgently and don’t think you’ve had it, or if there’s someone better placed to send it to over the summer holidays, please let us know.
Well, the weekend started as it meant to go on, with Aston Conference Centre looking resplendent in the glorious summer sunshine – the courtyard was a big draw throughout the days, with people eating breakfast and enjoying a late night drink. It really added an extra layer to the weekend, and helped prevent that conference cabin fever that can happen. The exhibitors, who were spread around the courtyard, certainly liked it!
I missed some of the sessions for organisational purposes, but I made sure I was there for Ade’s session. He was the first speaker booked, and I had been looking forward to hearing his talk for a long time! Despite a slight hiccup with the powerpoint (sorry Ade!) he was brilliant, talking about what had got him to this point, and his reading from the book was absolutely excellent – leading to a huge queue for sales and signing!
Nicola Morgan was as brilliant as always, with powerful insight and helpful tips and hints. Her postcards went down well, and are typical of the research and consideration for her audience that Nicola always brings.
The evening was a delight – with Tom Pollock speaking about his new book Heartstream, a delightful ‘Libraries are a magic place’ dinner, and rounded off with an entertaining and honest look at being a micropublisher from Sam Hutchinson of b-small.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to see many of the sessions on the Saturday morning (plus I couldn’t give all the best bits away otherwise you’ll not want to read the round up in the next TSL!) but I did manage to see the lovely video from Karl Newson (who couldn’t be there on the day) and Ross Collins did a fantastic job talking all about their ‘I am a Tiger’ collaboration (on a side note, weren’t the lanyards amazing?!).
After Ross came Natasha Devon – a brilliant and engaging person, who speaks with such passion and thought. The session was fantastic and very thought provoking.
The Saturday evening was celebration time! Watching the videos from the Honour List of the School Librarian of the Year, having the YLG Awards presented, hearing the incomparable Jackie Morris accept her Kate Greenaway Medal and then our after dinner speaker was SLA President Chris Riddell. Much laughter and entertainment was finished off on a positive note – that he does believe there is hope in the next generation, and that we are essential in enabling young people to be the solution.
Sunday morning was another lovely morning with Savita Kalhan talking about her book for the breakfast crowd, and then Anne from National Literacy Trust looking at the stats about school library use which provided some interesting insights!
Holly Bourne’s powerful talk about relationships and her new book brought home to a lot of the audience exactly how important realistic portrayals are – for better and worse, but Holly had clearly put a lot of thought into how to tackle this subject without putting readers at risk.
Unfortunately, the excitement over a restricted number of proof books and a significant signing queue meant that we started late for the rest of session, and never quite managed to catch up.
The SLA AGM, while not a highlight, was important. We discussed the issues the Association is facing, with an income that is continuing to decline and, while we fully appreciate the seriousness of the situation, continuing to reduce our expenditure is going to lead to a ‘race to the bottom’. We cannot advocate, recruit new members, visit branches, or create new partnerships without expenditure in these areas, and without these the Association will fail.
The Trustees took the decision to put forward a proposal to raise membership fees by a small amount - £6 for most members – to give us some financial security going forwards. This will not come into force until April 2020. For this year we are launching a few new projects in September, which we are hopeful will add value to the SLA membership, and bring in new income. We are also looking at other ways we can raise income, as well as curbing expenditure on less important things (though expenditure has tended to be less than anticipated for the past few years).
I hope you’ll understand that this is a reluctant but necessary step – while the SLA has sufficient reserves to cover losses for a while, these won’t last forever and using our savings would also mean we could not use them to do things that will push the sector forward and help change some of the issues we are facing.
And that pretty much rounds up the SLA weekend course. I was really disappointed not to get into the Sunday sessions, and from looking at the evaluation forms I know I missed a treat, but I am really glad that all the delegates (a whooping 174 people!) who attended over the course of the weekend and a fab 41 exhibitors led to a fantastic weekend for all. Thank you to all who came, spoke, organised, or participated in any way.
Since then I have attended a Fake News debate hosted by Britannica Encyclopedia, spoken to teachers and library staff about Great School Libraries, and attended a meeting of the Gloucestershire SLS. I’ve also attended an education research conference in the eastern region, spoken at the CILIP Conference in Manchester and the SLA has celebrated the SLYA Honour List and attended the CLiPPA Awards! So believe me when I say we are more determined than ever to spread awareness of the SLA and the power of school libraries far and wide.
Hope you all have a lovely summer when you get there!
The SRC needs no introduction, and this year’s theme of Space Chase is designed to appeal to all children interested in space. See how many children in your school you can encourage to take part and complete.
The new Museum galleries in Oxford are scheduled to open in March 2020, but there are still activities over the holidays for families to point your parents towards. Plus, as a school you can book now to be one of the first in the country to see the new Museum.
Don’t feel left out of the SRC, as your students can volunteer in public libraries in one of the roles designed to help libraries promote the SRC or listen to children talk about their reading. Contact your local library to find out more.
The Teacher Advisory Panel at the Story Museum would especially like to hear from teachers, teaching assistants or librarians based in secondary schools and sixth form. If you’d like to know more, do email Isy Mead, the Head of Learning. isabella.mead[at]storymuseum.org.uk
Your favourite #PrimarySchoolBookClub is going LIVE.
Join your PSBC host Scott '[at]MrEPrimary' Evans as he chats to Catherine Doyle, bestselling author of The Storm Keeper's Island, in a very special event to celebrate the publication of her highly-anticipated sequel The Lost Tide Warriors.
The Storm Keeper's Island was the #PrimarySchoolBookClub selection back in July 2018 and Bloomsbury Children's Books is delighted to partner with PSBC and return to Arranmore for another adventure – this really is an event not to be missed.
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Catherine Doyle grew up beside the Atlantic Ocean in the west of Ireland. Her love of reading began with great Irish myths and legends, and fostered in her an ambition to one day write her own. The Storm Keeper’s Island was her debut middle-grade novel, inspired by her real-life ancestral home of Arranmore Island and her many sea-faring ancestors, particularly her grandfather Captain Charles Boyle who inspired the much-loved character of Malachy Boyle. The Storm Keeper's Island, the first book in the Storm Keeper quartet, was a Waterstones Children's Book of the Month; won the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Middle Grade; was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
At the Waterstones Children’s Laureate announcement event in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe, author Cressida Cowell has been crowned Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2019-21.
The role of Children's Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field.
Cressida has 2 main things she wants to focus on - promoting the awareness that reading is magic, and that it should be available to everyone. Download the poster of her 'to do' list here: https://t.co/FPCaXig4p4?amp=1
Many congratulations to Cressida, and thanks to Lauren Child for a superb job over the last two years.
The Little Rebels Award celebrates children’s books for readers age 0-12 which promote social equality and social justice. The prize is administered by booksellers Letterbox Library and Housmans Bookshop on behalf of the Alliance of Radical Booksellers.
Last night (10th July), at a ceremony in the wonderful CLPE library, Catherine Johnson was announced as the winner for Freedom from a very strong field.
The UKLA book awards - the national book awards which are judged by teachers, will announce their winners on July 12th at the UKLA International Conference, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University,